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Celebrating Black History Month

Students from four of Henrico County's high schools gathered at Richmond's First Baptist Church to celebrate the rich musical legacy that Africans brought with them to this country. The singers prepared material in advance with their teachers and worked on concert day with guest conductor Horace Scruggs. Mr. Scruggs has taught music at all grade levels (K-12) and works regularly with community and church ensembles. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

This event is in its sixth year and is a favorite with parents and students because of the wonderful performance space, the rare opportunity to collaborate with so many other singers in a non-competitive environment, and the uplifting music. This year the program included a piece arranged by last year's guest conductor, Rollo Dilworth. Eight songs were performed that highlighted artistic evolution from the colonial era to present day.

Thanks to the music teachers from Deep Run, Glen Allen, Henrico, and J.R. Tucker High Schools for their continued efforts in making this event such a success. Additional thanks go to the congregation and staff of First Baptist for hosting the event and the guest intstrumentalists who performed.

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