NSU’s Northwestern Hills Golf Course was the scene of good natured, but intense, competition as 16 teams of 4 golfers battled for bragging rights and supremacy on the links Saturday, July 14th. The tournament was held to raise money for the NSU Middle Lab School Orchestra’s trip to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall this upcoming March. The golfers enjoyed a round of golf and a superb lunch cooked onsite.
While this will mark the Middle Lab Orchestra’s first trip to this iconic venue, it will be the third time an orchestra from our parish’s public schools will have performed there. The Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra has been invited to play at Carnegie Hall twice. Let that sink in for a moment. A small public school system from rural Louisiana has both a middle school and high school orchestra. They consistently perform at such a high level that they have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, one of the top venues in the country, a total of three times between them. This is in addition to the middle school orchestra’s winning top honors at a competition held in Disneyworld. It is a remarkable record of sustained excellence.
Today’s golf tournament is expected to raise about $10,000.00. There is still a way to go in order to raise enough money to bring the entire orchestra to New York City. There is an account set up at Exchange Bank to collect funds for the trip. If you wish to help, please contact Mr. Billy Gray at the bank. Our young people and their teachers have done their part. Let us do ours.