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Surrounded by more than 700 pieces of student art, about 1,500 Yorkville music students gathered their instruments and made their way to Yorkville Middle School early Saturday morning to take part in the district’s annual Fine Arts Festival.
The annual festival, lasting from early Saturday morning into the evening, featured performances from choirs, bands and gave students and families the chance to wander from room-to-room, listening to bell choirs, wind ensembles and orchestras.
Families also could enjoy an ice cream sundae by bringing canned goods to donate to the Kendall County Food Pantry.
“I think that our arts program here in Yorkville is magnificent enough that they deserve to have a day dedicated to them,” Music Department Chairman Victor Anderson said. “This is huge, because we’re putting everything in one space.”
“I travel extensively for my job, and I talk about our music department a lot. ... I’ve never heard of anybody doing anything like this,” Yorkville Music Boosters Vice President Kevin Childs said.
“Why not have a big festival like this? Why not get everybody together? The hope is, and oftentimes, what we find is that so many of the parents come to watch their children play, and go watch a jazz performance or the wind ensemble. It’s opportunities to see how the kids can progress from the challenges of fifth and sixth grade to the more polished kids as they get up into the junior and senior years of school.”