Students from Reed, Reno, Sparks, North Valleys and Galena high schools and Depoali, Swope, Billinghurst and Cold Springs middle schools were taped with renowned composer and conductor Tim Janis in October for the program. Each school performed its own selection, which Janis described as uplifting.
“I was impressed with all the schools,” Janis said. “I was thrilled to work with them. As I’ve worked across the country, I’ve found so much undiscovered talent in northern Nevada and that is a testament to how much that musical skill needs to be demonstrated to the public and to make this program available.”
Two other northern Nevada schools also were chosen: Virginia City High School in Storey County and Spring Creek High School near Elko. Janis, who attended military high school in his youth, said working with more than 15,000 students for “Celebrate America!” is a form of community service in his eyes.
“I’m very patriotic,” he said. “ ‘Celebrate America!’ is about songs that make us grateful for everything that’s good. Music is my whole life.”