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(ABOVE) THE WONDERFUL MEXICAN MUSICIANS THAT JOINED THE ACADEMY MUSICIANS FOR CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT

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Southern California
Youth Performers from 
North Park Academy of the Arts

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Carnegie Hall 
2017

North Park Academy of the Arts Band is best known for their history of reaching out to the marginalized through their concerts in children's hospitals, homeless shelters, senior assisted living homes, and orphanages. They have performed in these types of venues in Canada, China, England, Hawaii, Mexico and New York. North Park is the only middle school band to ever march in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Ron Wakefield's personal mission statement is to "enhance the moral foundation of every student, to awaken in every student a sense of purpose, and to call every heart to a higher level of unselfish love."


Music Director’s Reach and Talent is International!

Music Director Ron Wakefield commutes to Mexico every weekend in order to teach his two music programs  - one in a slum project, and one in an orphanage. For the last 4 years Music Director has been commuting every month to Cuernavaca, Mexico, where he has a music program in an orphanage. The commute entails a 3.5 hour flight to Mexico City, followed by a 2 hour bus ride. Five of the children who live in the Al Abrigo de Dios Orphanage will be traveling to the California, where they will meet up with the North Park Band for some rehearsals before traveling to New York City: where they  subsequently performed at Carnegie Hall.

The performance was wonderful  selection of student written music combined with the classics, including the famous "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven. 

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Mr. Wakefield (L)  delivers the messages of Love and Peace with Music. His compassion is so obvious and complete. With the addition of the Mexican Artists to the Carnegie Hall Concert,  Mr. Wakfield has shown a clear path to what "Inclusion" and "Diversity" means. His "Music Without Boarders" sends a clear and moral directive for the many children he teaches.  My nephew (Shown Above) "Brian" - is in exceptionally good hands with a man who understands the winning path of civility and world culture.
- Dr. Don Noyes-More Ph.D., Editor in Chief

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