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Release Date: 4/25/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

Vote now for band featuring two BCPS students participating in PBS Celebration of Music contest

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TOWSON, MD. - Plateau, a band featuring two Baltimore County Public Schools students, is seeking online votes to move forward in the PBS Celebration of Music contest.

The band includes Daniel Ginsburg, a Grade 12 student at Franklin High School, and Joshua Bell, a Grade 9 student at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts.

The PBS youth talent search, hosted by 17-year-old Ethan Bortnick (the youngest solo musician to headline a concert tour), begins with a regional round. Because Plateau includes three members living in Maryland and one living in Pennsylvania, the group auditioned to compete in both states. They were chosen to compete in the Philadelphia/South Jersey market and performed on that area’s PBS station last week.

Based on online voting, a regional winner will be announced on Sunday, April 29, in Bethlehem, PA, during at Bortnick concert at Musikfest at Steelstacks. The winning act will perform onstage; record a single that will be released worldwide; and perform in a concert in California later this year with all the other regional winners. Winners also might be selected for a possible professional entertainment contract with the show’s production/talent management company, Sun and Sky Entertainment.

More information about Plateau can be found on their Facebook page, and a video of a Plateau performance is available online. To vote for Plateau, visit their Celebration of Music page and scroll to the bottom.

Ginsburg is extremely active in the Franklin High music program and, for the past two years, has been selected for the BCPS All Honors Jazz Ensemble. Bell participates in the orchestral program at Patapsco High.

According to Donna Sillick, Ginsburg’s mother, “Daniel has been extremely blessed by all the BCPS music educators he has had the fortune to work with at Franklin Elementary, Franklin Middle, and Franklin High schools. Some of those educators have since retired or changed schools, but they have all had, and continue to have, a huge impact on him as a young man and a musician, and indeed on our entire family.BCPS really is so very lucky to have this caliber of teachers, and we are very grateful to them.”

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