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July 2010
Hillcrest Drum Group Performs at the Massachusetts State House Today!! 07/13/2010

The Beat Goes On
Hillcrest Drummers to Perform at MA State House

The beat goes on for the Hillcrest Drummers,
an eight-member drumming group of students from Hillcrest Educational
Centers.  At their first major performance during Hillcrest's annual
Robert "Bees" Prendergast St. Patrick's Day Celebration in March, they
received a standing ovation from the crowd of over 300. Since, they have
performed at Pittsfield's 3rd Thursday street festival, and on the
Hillcrest award-winning float in Pittsfield's July 4th parade.  This
Tuesday, July 13 they will give one of their biggest performances to
date, on Beacon Hill.
The group will perform at the Massachusetts State House per the personal
invitation of Senate President Therese Murray and Senator Ben Downing.

After the group's performance at the St. Patrick's Day Celebration,
Murray who was honored that evening, was so impressed with their talent
and dedication, she invited them to perform at the State House.

Hillcrest President Gerard Burke said, "This invitation to perform on
Beacon Hill is truly an honor for our students. What Aimee Gelinas [the
drumming instructor] and these kids have accomplished so far has
exceeded all expectations." Burke added, "We could not be more proud of
them, and they should certainly be extremely proud of themselves. We
continue to look forward to seeing what great things lay ahead for this
group of truly exceptional children."

The Hillcrest Drummers will perform at the Grand Stair Case at 1 pm and
in a formal session of the Massachusetts Senate at 2 pm. The group will
have a private reception and luncheon with both Murray and Downing.

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