Maestro Antonio L. Salvatori, Chairman
The American Heritage Orchestra, LTD.
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
It is my pleasure to endorse the activities of The American Heritage Orchestra as an educational resource available
to the citizens of Upper Ohio Valley. Live music performed by professional musicians is an essential experience
for individuals who live in our computer dominated, electronically digitized society. Unfortunately, many children
rarely are provided the opportunity to hear performances in the manner in which music was intended to be experienced.
This non-profit educational resource is dedicated to providing free concerts in schools in our tri-state area such
that students can be immersed in the complete adventure that music affords.
I have the privilege of serving as Director of Bands at Wheeling Park High School and I can verify that children
are longing for experiences that are not replicated by a screen and a keyboard. Whereas adults may view technology
with awe and wonder, many children to see it as somewhat mundane. They often search for experiences that are more
interactive and spontaneous. In short, they thirst for a real rather than a virtual existence. I believe the services
of a capable, versatile, emotionally charged, dynamic performing ensemble allows for the very sort of interaction
that children often miss when confined to a video screen.
Having reviewed the plans of The American Heritage Orchestra I believe this to be a project worthy of support and
hereby give it my wholehearted endorsement.
Patrick A. Garrett
Director of Bands
Wheeling Park High School