The RCS Youth Winds Ensemble performed for the first time on Friday, December 2. Under the direction of the RCS middle school band directors, students were provided the opportunity to perform challenging pieces with other young instrumentalists from across the district. Each of the three bands for 6th, 7th and 8th grade rehearsed just two evenings before performing selections for the community. Their progress was directed by distinguished guest conductors: Ray Torres, Troy Smith Middle School, Dr. Wendy Matthews, Wayne State University, and Brian Topolewski, retired teacher, East Grand Rapids Middle School.