John Adams Orff Ensemble to Perform with Alexandria Band on March 7

The John Adams Elementary School Orff Ensemble will share the stage with the Alexandria Band at a Children's Concert on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, at Northern Virginia Community College's Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, will feature the Orff Ensemble performing five pieces for xylophones and drums. The students will join the Alexandria Band in a finale featuring music from Verdi's opera "Aida." The concert is free and open to the public.

John Adams Orff Ensemble students Jocelyn Teran and Brandon Jones begin every school day at 6:30 a.m., practicing their parts for upcoming concerts.

The John Adams Orff Ensemble, under the direction of Wes McCune, performs frequently in the metro area. Past appearances have included concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage and national and international conferences and performances with players from the National Symphony and at the home of Vice President Joe Biden. John Adams is one of 16 Changing Education through the Arts (CETA) schools partnered with the Kennedy Center.

The event also will feature Alexandria Band performances with other local elementary and middle school band and orchestra students. In addition, a short tribute will honor ACPS PTA Reflections program finalists.