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Festival on the Green
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Turlock High School senior Hugo Medina plays the saxophone as part of a combined high school band performance. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

Community members were treated to performances by 1,600 students in the Turlock Unified School District’s music program during Saturday’s annual Festival on the Green – a day-long celebration of the choirs, orchestras and bands in schools throughout the city.

The festival has grown immensely over the years, starting out as an event held in one evening at the Turlock High School gym, then becoming a series of concerts over the course of a week. The current Festival on the Green format is held at Pitman High School and welcomes nearly 4,000 attendees who can not only watch five concerts throughout the day, but also browse an art show, talent stage and school and community booths in a family-friendly environment.

“As TUSD students and staff begin the spring season, it’s a time to celebrate and recognize the progress made in all areas, academic and social-emotional,” TUSD Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Heidi Lawler said. “Student performers are able to showcase the growth they’ve made in musicianship and as performing groups during the Festival on the Green.”