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Two Mardela High School Students Heading to Carnegie Hall

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MARDELA SPRINGS, Md.- Mitchell Adams still remembers when his future high school band teacher Cory Boltz asked him which instrument he planned to play.

"He said to me, 'the trombone because no one plays trombone,' said Adams.  'It's a pretty unpopular instrument to play.'  So I played the trombone and I love it."

Hunter Wirt got an earlier musical start but then changed paths.

"I started out on guitar in fourth grade but by fifth grade I switched to percussion," said Wirt.

Today, both teens are sophomores at Mardela Middle & High School and have Boltz as a band director. When he nominated them to audition for the prestigious High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, they were eager to try out.  Then came the email announcing both had been selected to perform.  

"I was so, I can't ever explain it, I was so excited," said Wirt.  "It was awesome."

"It's probably one of the best feelings I've ever felt.  It's awesome," said Adams.

Wirt and Adams will perform with musicians from around the world the week of Feb. 2 at the storied performance hall.  For Wirt, that will mean a chance to walk in the shadow of a legend.

"One of my inspirations is John Phillips Souza," said Wirt.  "He was a big deal over there so I'm going to feel great being where was at one time."

The two musicians are quick to thank Boltz for his role in preparing them for such an honor and for nominating them for the performance. Boltz said they deserve it.

"They don't say to themselves, 'Oh, that's too hard or that's just something someone else can be,' said Boltz. "They listen, they try to work it out for themselves and they seek out help to do it."

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