Bronx music students play for Venezuelan president
Music students in the Bronx took their skills to Venezuela earlier this month to play in concert for the Venezuelan president.
Forty students from the nonprofit "Upbeat New York City" group played in the three-day event as part of Venezuela's Independence Day.
The group joined 200 kids in the music education program called "El Sistema," where they learned new musical techniques from world-renowned professionals.
The kids say it was an opportunity they couldn't pass up.
"At first, I was very nervous because I didn't know what they expected of us," says student Adonis Gutierrez. "But then I learned how to grow accustomed to how they do things there."
Upbeat NYC leaders say that they've seen a significant change in their students since the trip, especially through their music.
The nonprofit program works to keep the youth in the South Bronx away from dangerous activities, and has served as a catalyst for self-expression.
The co-founders say that the program has grown in popularity. There is a waiting list to join.