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Kansas/WIU Orchestra Rock Macomb

Macomb, IL – It's not every day students in a University's symphony orchestra play alongside international rock stars. But that's exactly what happened Dec. 2 as Kansas made a tour stop in Macomb.

Many students in the orchestra saw this concert as a once in a lifetime opportunity. But just what does it take to prepare for this type of show? Lots and lots of practice.

Not only had many students never played alongside a classic rock band before, but some say they had to learn how to play new time signatures. It was a challenging process, but judging by the both the orchestra and crowd's reaction, it was well worth the effort.

To listen to a feature documenting the orchestra's preparation to play on stage with Kansas, click "play" on the audio link above.