Patrick Henry band students to play at Carnegie Hall

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) -- Patrick Henry band students will soon get an experience of a lifetime in New York City.

The high school's symphonic band will perform at Carnegie Hall next month.

Director Alex Schmitt applied to be part of the National Band and Orchestra Festival taking place at the worlds most famous concert hall.

PH will perform April 14. 112 students will make the trip, visit sites throughout NYC and take the stage at Carnegie Hall.

"There are a lot of famous people that have played there and this is my first time," said student and trumpet player Elisha Moyer. "Most people don't even get to play at this age, you know. It feels kind of surreal to play at Hall like this."

"It's so amazing to see them prepare for this and to be passionate about this performance," said band director Alex Schmitt. "But really the best part is going to be when we step on that stage and they get it and it clicks and your eyes light up and they sit in the chair and they hear what it sounds like to play in Carnegie Hall."

PH will host a spaghetti dinner and concert fundraiser Wednesday, April 5 to help raise money to help pay for the trip.

Dinner is $8-dollars and starts at 5:30 pm. The band will have a pre-concert run through following at 7 pm.

Patrick Henry is accepting donations here.