MILWAUKEE – Two Milwaukee Public Schools students will perform Thursday at Summerfest, billed as the world’s largest music festival.
The students are the largest-ever contingent representing the district at the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Youth Showcase, which runs from noon until 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5 at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage and Pavilion.
WAMI’s showcase will host 12 young, talented musicians from around Wisconsin this year, including:
- Hector Claudio, a 16-year-old student at MPS’ Audubon High School. His vocal talents drew the attention of the Youth Showcase chairwoman at a recent Audubon performance.
- Felix Ramsey, a 17-year-old student at MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Felix is one of eight student singers from around the country who recently attended the GRAMMY Awards and performed at the official GRAMMY Celebration.
“I’ve produced all eight of the annual WAMI Youth Showcases and this is by far the most talented group of young people we’ve showcased,” said Barbara Wagner, WAMI Youth Showcase Chair. “As an MPS teacher myself, I’m pleased that two of the 12 acts are MPS students. Both can be considered ‘rising stars.’”
The showcase is a fast-paced event in which each performer will have roughly four to eight minutes to showcase his or her talent. WAMI, now in its 32nd year, seeks to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry.