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Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony
by Aniko Zala, Staff Writer

It’s practically a fact that every other kid in high school wants to play in a band, but real talent is hard to identify when, “..anyone can play guitar.” However, some West Geauga students are truly making noteworthy tracks in the musical world.

Last spring, hundreds of area kids auditioned to be a part of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. The C.Y.W.S. is a group of very talented high school musicians who play challenging, college-level concert music. Of the approximately two hundred kids in the two symphonies that make up the C.Y.W.S., seven of them are students from right here at West Geauga.

Ryan Love, Ian Wilson, Rebecca Beers, Andrew Bohnert, Jennifer Howell and Maria and Frank Cosenza all placed into one of the symphonies after auditioning for a spot. The second symphony performs college music, but the first is comprised of students who have been performing longer. The first symphony generally plays music that is more difficult.

The symphonies practice once per week and have performed at Severance Hall as well as at Case Western Reserve University. Some have been playing with the symphony for several years, but, for most, it is their first time involved.

All of these students have been involved with music for most of their lives. Some started playing when they were eight, but others, unbelievably, started when they were only three. The different instruments played among them range from the violin to bass and trombone to electric guitar. In addition to performing in the symphony, as well as the school’s band, several of the students sing and one, Ian Wilson, even composes his own pieces. With rigorous practice and a profound commitment to music, these students have become some of the best young musicians in the area. They should be watched in the future, for, without a doubt, their talent will grow.

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