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BreeAnna Polk was selected to perform with the Honors Performance Series Band recently at Carnegie Hall. She was the only participant from the state of Montana and the only Native American in the Honors Performance Series Band.

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.

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