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Stax students performing at historic museum opening

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Stax students performing at historic museum opening ceremony

Bags packed. Suitcases stuffed. Instruments ready. Twelve Stax Academy students are ready for a once in a lifetime experience.

"I said, 'oh my God, I'm going to Washington,'" Stax Academy student Johnathon Lee said.

Lee was one of the select few who made the cut and are about to make history. Thursday, they flew to Washington, D.C., where they'll perform their unique Soul sound at the opening of the Smithsonian's new African-American History Museum.

"I was just overall excited for this great opportunity," Lee said.

They will perform a 45 minutes set of Soul music that people love to hear. But they won't be alone on stage; they'll perform with stars like The Roots.

"They are really good at merging different genres of music," Arianna Christmas with Stax Music Academy said. "And we're teaching them these specific genres of music. We hope that the music that they produce when they get older is a mixture of all of these Soul idioms."

The students will also get an opportunity to take a look around the museum. It's a museum President Obama will officially dedicate on Saturday.

"We want to let them know they are a part of history at the opening of such an iconic museum," Christmas said.

The Stax Academy students will also appear on NBC's "Sunday Today" show.

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