My name is BreeAnna Polk. I am a junior at Browning High School. I am an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe. My parents are Brandie Lane and Jim Polk. I’ve been a member of the school band since sixth grade. Last spring I performed a tuba solo at the State Music Festival and received Superior Rating, meaning I was number-one in the state.
At the end of September, I received a letter notifying me that I had been nominated to apply to the Honors Performance Series. I then began the application process. I had to send in an application, letters of reference and a video audition of me playing tuba. We were then notified at the end of October that I had been selected to perform with the Honors Performance Series Band in January at Carnegie Hall. We later found out that I was the only participant from the state of Montana. When I arrived in New York I realized I was the only Native American in the Honors Performance Series Band. I was one of 93 students from throughout the United States and other countries as well.
We traveled as a family and arrived in New York on Friday, Jan. 31. I endured two long days of practice, which was something in itself as this was my first time meeting and playing with the other finalists as a group. The group then performed on Sunday, Feb. 2, in Carnegie Hall.
In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall, I was given the opportunity to attend a Broadway play, take a walking tour of Times Square and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and go to the top of Rockefeller Center. After performing on Sunday night we went on a Celebratory Cruise on the Hudson River where we were able to see the Statue of Liberty.
We as a family were financially responsible for all the expenses related to my acceptance. My family and I would like to thank everyone for helping and supporting my fundraisers. I am extremely grateful for the community support. If it wasn’t for our community members supporting my dreams, I wouldn’t have gotten these opportunities.