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'Sounds of Celebration'
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Turlock and Pitman High School orchestras, combined with Turlock Junior High and Dutcher Middle School students, live up to the Festival on the Green's theme "Sounds of Celebration" on Saturday. - photo by CANDY PADILLA / The Journal

Community members enjoyed the voices and performances of over 900 choir, orchestra and band students of the Turlock Unified School District on Saturday at the Festival on the Green event. The third annual festival was created to showcase student talent in one collective, community event rather than dispersing the performances over several nights of the week as in years past. Pitman High School’s gym was filled with lyrical sound as students performed for friends, family and District supporters.

“It's truly a day to recognize the musical talents and aspirations of our students in grades 5-12 and to applaud the time and practice they have put forth to prepare for their big day,” said Dana Trevethan, TUSD assistant superintendent of educational services.

Locals enjoyed live music, student theater performances and artwork as well as vendors and informational booths on Saturday. While the event was free, proceeds from coffee, pastry and pizza purchases will be reintegrated into the Turlock Education Foundation’s musical repair program which aims to keep musical instruments in good condition for use by local students. TEF, which co-sponsored the festival with TUSD, is a nonprofit to benefit students of the District.