The 60-member wind symphony from Florida A&M University (FAMU) arrived to the city on Friday to prepare for their performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday.

Students and staff flew in from the Sunshine State and are staying in Midtown Manhattan. Their time before the big performance will be spent in music rehearsals, sightseeing and meeting Tri-State area FAMU alumni.

Over $40,000 was raised from donors across the nation to pay for the trip and also for brand new instruments the students will play at the legendary venue.

Musicians will have a dress rehearsal on Saturday before performing on Sunday at Carnegie Hall. Several university officials are in the city for performance including FAMU president Dr. Elmira Magnum.

Making history, the FAMU Wind Symphony will be the first appearance of a classical ensemble from a historically Black college or university (HBCU) at Carnegie Hall.

The symphony’s invitation is part of the Ensemble Spotlight Series. The group will share the stage with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, the featured company for the evening.

Twenty music students from New York City public schools were given free tickets to attend the concert. FAMU hopes the performance will serve as a recruitment tool.

The ensemble’s repertoire includes Jack Stamp’s “Fanfare for a New Era” and John Williams and D. Hunsberger’s “Star Wars Trilogy” under the direction of Dr. Shelby Chipman.

A reception held in honor of the FAMU Wind Symphony will precede their Carnegie Hall performance. The reception is sponsored by alumni, the FAMU Foundation, and University supporters, and its proceeds will provide funds for scholarships, equipment, and other performance needs of the school’s Department of Music.

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s performance, which begins at 8:30pm. Go to Carnegie Hall’s website for more information.