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10.05.2012, by Susan Conolly
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Listen to our incredibly talented military kids featured on NPR's From the Top!

Show 256 | Grapevine, TX
Recorded: Wednesday, June 27, 2012


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Does the discipline and dedication required to serve in our nation’s armed forces have anything in common with the discipline and dedication required to become a skilled classical musician? All of the kids on today’s show would say, "Yes!" This week, From the Top is in Grapevine, Texas, where we'll showcase talented young musicians who've grown up in America's proud military families. Taped in collaboration with the Military Child Education Coalition.

Performers and repertoire:

Pianist William Hume,
16, from Yorktown,
VA performs Rhapsody in B minor, Op.79, No.1 by Johannes Brahms



Violist Devon Naftzger,
18, from Lincolnshire, IL
performs Praeludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler







Harpist Clarissa McLaren,
17, from Provo, UT
(lives at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe base in Belgium)
performs Impromptu-Caprice, Op.9  by Gabriel Pierné






Clarinetist Dominic Giardino,
18, from Key West, FL
performs 3 Pieces for Solo Clarinet by Igor Stravinsky
SPECIAL HOBBY: Civil War Reenactment






Woodwind Quintet from the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"
performs  Partita for Wind Quintet, IV. Gigue by Irving Fine

Woodwind Quintet from the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"
and Clarinetist Dominic Giardino
perform "Hands Across the Sea" by John Philip Sousa