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10-01_ballinger_1Each year, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) hosts a district music festival, featuring the best high school musicians from around the Bay State. Students are invited to audition for the chance to be a part of the two-day concert event and perform with the band, orchestra, chorus or jazz ensembles. Milton’s Kate Ballinger (III) was selected by the MMEA to participate in this year’s Eastern District festivities. Under the direction of New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble Director Charles Peltz, Kate rehearsed and performed on stage with the Concert Band at Boston Latin School on Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9.

The annual festival is one of the many ways the MMEA fulfills its mission to “encourage music activities among the schools of the Commonwealth by means of festivals, clinics and other related events.”