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New Lenox high school graduate to conduct ensemble concert with free admission

Peter Manzi, a 2003 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central, will return to New Lenox on April 2 to direct the performance of the Carlsbad High School Symphonic Band and String Ensemble from Carlsbad, California.
Peter Manzi, a 2003 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central, will return to New Lenox on April 2 to direct the performance of the Carlsbad High School Symphonic Band and String Ensemble from Carlsbad, California.

NEW LENOX – Peter Manzi, a 2003 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central, will return to New Lenox on April 2 to direct the performance of the Carlsbad High School Symphonic Band and String Ensemble from Carlsbad, California.

The performance will take place at 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of New Lenox (UMCNL), located at 339 New Lenox Road in New Lenox and will be free to the public.

Upon graduating from Lincoln-Way Central, Manzi attended Millikin University where he received a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education; he then attended VanderCook College of Music where he received a master’s degree in music education, eventually becoming the director of the Carlsbad High School Band in southern California.

While traveling to Chicago to play at the Heritage Festival Competition, Manzi’s award-winning band will also have the opportunity to perform many classics in their director’s own hometown. The program will include audience-friendly music that will be recognizable by all.

Lincoln-Way Central graduate and longtime friend of Manzi, Katy Taylor (McClure), will also showcase her vocal talents with the band, accompanied by UMCNL organist Karen Weirman.

A special appearance will be made by the Carlsbad High School String Ensemble who will be join the band on the trip.

Admission to the concert will be free, and a free will donation offering will be taken to support the United Methodist Women Hannah Circle’s charities.  

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