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ACPS students and Band Directors receive check presented by First Night Alexandria board member Kerry Donley - 5th from right. (Courtesy photo)

ACPS students and music directors receive check presented by First Night Alexandria board member Kerry Donley - 5th from right. (Courtesy photo)

First Night Alexandria announced contributions to the bands, orchestras and choirs at three local Alexandria City Public Schools.

Recently, during pyramid concerts performed by the bands, orchestras and choirs of Francis Hammond and George Washington Middle Schools and T. C. Williams High School, First Night Alexandria presented contributions totaling $3,000 to support these music programs.

First Night board member and former Mayor Kerry Donley while making the presentations explained, “This is one way for First Night Alexandria to give back to the community and to support and encourage the musical talents of Alexandria students.  This is the third year that we have had the opportunity to make these contributions as well as have students perform on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve.”

ACPS parent and First Night board member Lori Quill echoed Donley’s remarks.  “This is a win, win for these music programs. Many of the kids wouldn’t be able to attend state competitions if it wasn’t for these gifts. This is a good thing that First Night does for ACPS.”

About First Night Alexandria 

First Night Alexandria began in 1994 as a celebration of the New Year through the performing arts. Coffee shops, retail stores, hotels, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase a variety of talent. First Night celebrations take place around the world and the event was founded in 1976 by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year's Eve revelry.