Wichita students preparing for performance of a lifetime

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A handful of Wichita middle school students are preparing for an honor they never could have imagined: performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Members of the Mayberry Middle School choir will perform in March after being invited by composer Greg Gilpin.

“When I first found out about it, all day I was like flipping out. And you know, I get to be with all my friends it’s different than like a family trip,” said Riley Sipes, an 8th grader.

In 2011, a group from Mayberry performed at Lincoln Center. Their performance then, prompted the personal invitation this year.

“This time when the letter came it said Mr. Gilpin remembered working with your group in 2011 and he wanted  to invite you back,” said Danny Darrington, vocal music teacher at Mayberry.

Darrington knows this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of his students. Mayberry is a Title 1 school, meaning a large percentage of students come from low-income families. At a cost of up to $2,000 per student, the school is holding several fundraisers to make sure the cost won’t prevent students from going.

“Many of my kids haven’t left Wichita ever, so if they get an opportunity to do this, I mean, I really do believe, without overstating it that it’ll be life-changing,” said Darrington.

The school is hosting a car show and silent auction on Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s at 207 S. Sheridan, in the school parking lot. The auction items include KU Basketball tickets, KSU Football tickets, gift baskets and travel and spa packages.

You can find more information about the show here:  Mayberry Choir Takes NYC Facebook Page 

Donations can be made online here.