- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Students in a high school orchestra in northeast Ohio had an opportunity to meet members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the rock group that inspired the school band’s formation.

The Vindicator reports (https://bit.ly/2gnd1Fw ) the Boardman High School Rock Orchestra met with members of the professional band on Wednesday at the Youngstown school.

The students greeted them with a rendition of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s version of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

Reese Maslen, a guitarist in the school orchestra, said he was star struck by the experience of meeting members of a band he’s known about since elementary school.

Joel Hoekstra, a Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitarist, told the students to expect a path in the music business that isn’t “A to Z.” Hoekstra says it’s a lot of hard work with various jobs and obstacles.

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Information from: The Vindicator, https://www.vindy.com

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