Willow Waterhole MusicFest combines professionals, students in free musical mashup

The Willow Waterhole MusicFest fuses the sounds of professional performers and the talents of kids in the neighborhood for a free two-day community event.

The first festival in 2013 began primarily with jazz performances by the Westbury High School Jazz Band.

Since then, it has grown into a diverse two-day event that celebrates different genres of music and showcases 16 professional bands and 11 area schools.

"We wanted to break out of jazz and be a lot more inclusive," said Howard Sacks, chairman of the MusicFest. "So we said, 'Let's keep the kids and add the professional groups, and let's create a single venue where the kids can feel inspired by the adults to continue on in their music programs.' "

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