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A modern musical experience, Fortaleza focuses on the musical skills needed to be a successful contemporary musician. 

Fortaleza, previously known as Modern Band, 

began in January 2020 as an extension of

El Sistema's orchestral program. Fortaleza students are introduced to contemporary music skills and instruments including drums, guitar, bass, keyboard, and vocals. Fortaleza rehearses and performs contemporary music styles including pop, rock, and hip hop. The curriculum further includes reading lead sheet notation, music theory fundamentals, ear training, and songwriting. Fortaleza performs in seasonal showcases throughout the year. 

Students in Fortaleza are selected by their school principals and music teachers as students who would benefit from the community and joy that music brings. The goal of Fortaleza is to give young musicians another outlet for musical expression and participation through the vehicle of contemporary music. 

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