BREVARD COUNTY — Satellite High School students are so passionate about music, they have gone above and beyond to present their skills to the public in impressive ways.
The Satellite High School Fine Arts Academy has performed live for “Sleeping Beauty” alongside the Melbourne City Ballet Theatre at the Maxwell C. King Center of Performing Arts last year. Students will continue working with the ballet company for a production of “Swan Lake” this month.
To help cover the costs of new instruments and repairing old ones to purchasing music and attending competition, the academy will host a “Music & Muscle Cars” event from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the American Muscle Car Museum, 3500 Sarno Road, Melbourne.
“We’ll have some string quartets performing, and we’ll also have a jazz big band doing a performance as well as some jazz combos performing throughout the night,” said Patrick Phillips, director of instrumental music at Satellite High School.
“We have award-winning music programs and we play professional gigs at corporate events,” Mr. Phillips continued. “So, this is above and beyond the typical high school musicians that you’d experience.”
The event is semi-formal with drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided, a silent auction and the opportunity to view this private collection of vintage and modern muscle cars owned by Mark Pieloch.
The Satellite Instrumental Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide financial and volunteer support to the music program, which includes band and orchestra.
“The music program has a history of success – it’s got great leadership both past and present, it’s got a large number of dedicated students who are willing to put in the time and work to practice, and it’s got the support of the administration,” said Kyle Brown, president of the Satellite Instrumental Music Foundation.
Satellite High School’s orchestra will compete in the National Conference hosted by the American String Teachers Association in Orlando next spring. The orchestra previously attended this highly selective conference two years ago and took home third place, according to Mr. Brown.
The American Muscle Car Museum is a nonprofit museum only open to the public for charitable events. Tickets to the Satellite High School of Fine Arts Academy cost $75 per individual.
Tickets are available online for purchase by visiting www.eventbrite.com/e/music-and-muscle-cars-tickets-75701574447.