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Howard County Youth Orchestra Will Perform with Tank and the Bangas at Merriweather Post Pavilion

February 9th, 2024

The Howard County Youth Orchestra (HCYO) will take the stage with Grammy-nominated musical group Tank and the Bangas (TATB) at Merriweather Post Pavilion on April 21, 2024, at 7 p.m. TATB is a funk, soul and hip-hop musical group out of New Orleans known for their transcendent melodies and captivating performances.

This a wonderful opportunity for HCYO, which features students ages 14-18 from all 13 Howard County high schools. The Orchestra has been recognized as one of the premier youth orchestras in the Mid-Atlantic region and they performed at Merriweather last year with national artist Guster.  

The opening act will feature Reservoir High School alum Austin Antoine, a multi-faceted performer whose range spans from soulful solos to rap challenges. Antoine is currently Head of Music for Los Angeles-based non-profit, Get Lit.

“It is extremely exciting for current and former students to be featured as part of this performance,” said William J. Barnes, Acting Superintendent of Schools for Howard County. “We are so fortunate in Howard County to have a venue like the Merriweather Arts and Culture Center that is able to bring in world-renowned artists while also uplifting the talents of our children and I am grateful for this wonderful partnership.”

Tickets are available for $25-$35 online or at the Merriweather Box Office. HCPSS students can buy discounted tickets for $10 prior to the concert or the day of with a valid form of Student ID or proof of HCPSS enrollment. (Tickets purchased at the box office are not subject to service charges.) Each student ticket holder will get a voucher upon entry for one free item from the concession stand to include a soda, popcorn, french fries, or a pretzel. Please note, Merriweather Post Pavilion is a cashless venue.

This event is presented by the Merriweather Arts and Culture Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 dedicated to growing arts, culture, and community in and around Downtown Columbia.