Two musicians from Culver Academies recently earned esteemed seats in the Concert Band that performed Feb. 23 at the Military School Band and Choir Festival in Virginia. According to a press release from the academies, Kathryn Burke earned the first chair flute and Sam Baldwin earned principal timpanist.
The annual festival took place at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va., Feb. 20–23 and involved 17 military schools, including the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Virginia Military Institute, from 13 states. The final concert of combined musicians and choir members, however, was performed Sunday in Alexandria, Va., at the annual conference of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States, which was celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Nearly half of the students representing Culver Academies at the festival were residents of Marshall County. In addition to Baldwin and Burke, Karissa Krou of Plymouth was also a member of the band.
After the Sunday concert, the group went into D.C. for a whirlwind tour to view the Capitol, White House, Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam, Korean War, and Martin Luther King Jr. monuments. On the way home, the group overnighted in Pennsylvania and visited the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.