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Valley Strings Free Concert

First Public Performance at PSHS Auditorium
The Valley Strings Orchestra, under the direction of Jason Powell, Palm Springs High School's director of strings, will perform in its first public concert on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Palm Springs High School Auditorium.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 760-778-0417.

CCHS Band Featured in Smithsonian Exhibition

The CCHS Bands announce that the CCHS Marching Band will be featured in an upcoming Smithsonian Exhibition about sports called Hometown Teams.

Hometown Teams focuses on small, local teams as well as college and professional athletics to show the spirit, diversity and love of sports all across America. The exhibit is divided into six major themes: Sports Everywhere; Fields of Glory; Take Me Out to the Ballgame; Community Pride; Playing the Game; and Sports Explosion. These themes include personal stories from players, objects, images and videos that convey the impact of sports on people throughout the United States. The marching band clips will be included the marching band clips in an ipad interactive. The exhibit will tour from about Feb. 2014 until Jan. 2021. Five copies of the exhibit tour the country at the same time and will visit a total of 30 states and about 180 venues. These venues are booked through a state’s humanities council and are small, local museums, libraries and community centers. The first five states to receive the exhibit are Illinois, Idaho, West Virginia, New Jersey and Nebraska.

The ipad interactive

The ipad will be in a section about the fan experience. This experience ranges from what people eat at games to the songs they sing and what they do to demonstrate team spirit. The rest of this section includes a look at cheerleaders from the past and today and how they rev up the crowd to show support for their hometown teams. The ipad is a touch screen interactive that displays a map of the US. Visitors will be able to select a state and view videos of talented cheerleaders, marching bands and quirky mascots. The goal of the ipad is to show off the most notable cheerleaders, marching bands and mascots in each state, including the CCHS Marching Band.

Museums on Main Street

Hometown Teams is being created by Museums on Main Street (MoMS), a program within the Smithsonian Institution of Traveling Exhibition Services. MoMS is all about supporting small museums. Our mission is to work with small museums and libraries in rural communities throughout the country. We create traveling exhibitions specifically for these museums and we do so by working with the state humanities councils. It is the Museums on Main Street mission to develop the professional capacity of small town museums and to celebrate local heritage. The CCHS Band is one of several California bands included in the exhibition. Video clips of the band performing in competition are a part of the exhibit. For more information please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

Memorial To Honor Fallen CCHS Grad

Tribute to Suresh Krause Set for May 24

Cathedral City High School will host a memorial ceremony for Suresh Abayasekara Krause, a 2001 CCHS graduate who was killed in action over Kandahar, Afghanistan on Aug. 16, 2012 while piloting a UH 60 Blackhawk helicopter. The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m. at the school at 69650 Dinah Shore Drive.

Under the direction of Lt. Colonel Steven Flynn (USAF Ret., CCHS JR ROTC) and Nan Burlingame (CCHS Art Instructor), with the assistance of Principal Guillermo Chavez, the faculty, staff and students will dedicate a ceramic plaque and place it on an already-established memorial in front of the school (near the flagpoles) on the corner of Plumley and Ortega. The CCHS ceremony will include the CCHS band, choir and Air Force JR ROTC. The Patriot Guard Riders will also be on hand to pay tribute and render honors. The family, as well as friends, of Suresh will also be in attendance.

Krause is the second CCHS graduate to be killed in the line of duty. The first student was PFC Ming Sun, a 2004 CCHS graduate, who was killed in Ramadi, Iraq in January, 2006.

For more information on the ceremony, contact Lee Wilson at lwilson@dc.rr.com.

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