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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ) — The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids make their NFL debut, performing for the World Champion Baltimore Ravens. Now the team is announcing the two will meet again.

Jessica Kartalija explains it will be on a national stage.

Arriving at the Under Armour Performance Center for a special performance all their own, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids star in a private show for their favorite team.

“I got the hang of it and I was really excited to be here,” a student said.

“I saw Terrell Suggs behind me when I was playing the bass drum and I was like, ‘OK, now I must be dreaming,'” said Joshua Grandy, OrchKids.

Even Terrence Cody got in on the action.

“I thought I was actually going to faint!” Grandy said.

OrchKids is an after-school music program in East and West Baltimore.

“It’s a wonderful experience. I’m a huge Ravens fan, my son is crazy about them. It’s great that we’re going to be able to collaborate on Thanksgiving Day,” said Marin Alsop, Music Director, BSO.

The Ravens will welcome the BSO team to M&T Bank Stadium.

“The Baltimore Ravens and also the Baltimore Symphony is going to perform at halftime, along with the OrchKids,” said Ravens President Dick Cass. “The Baltimore Ravens are announcing today a gift of $15,000 to the OrchKids.”

“It’s great to be able to feature two great Baltimore institutions on the field together,” said Jonathan Carney, BSO Concertmaster.

Members of the BSO say it’s an honor to perform at the home of the World Champion Ravens.

“To have the sports teams and the symphony in the city come together, I think it’s very important for the culture of the city,” said James Wyman, Principal Timpanist, BSO.

Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil says he was so inspired by Friday’s performance, he is going to make his own donation to the OrchKids program.

More than 600 students learn to play instruments, take field trips and perform as part of the OrchKids.

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