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Band musicians take a break in the Big Apple

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This story was originally published in the third edition of The Lion’s Tale (March 27, 2018).

Over the years, field trips can diminish in importance. But as students are able to do things more freely and gain a better experience, they can overall have a very enjoyable trip. This pertains to the band class of 2018, who have set themselves up for a trip up North to the Big Apple, New York City, just for fun.

Being in band can be stress- inducing, but one of the most fun experiences to have, according to junior Ruby Janisewski.

“Every four years, we go to New York instead of working hard at the end of the season to be able to go to state,” Janisewski says. “It’s just a break from the state mentality.”

Things like sightseeing and watching Broadway shows are just some of the main highlights to their trip. Band director Dennis Line says “We go to master classes presented by BroadWay Musicians, and take in the sights and sounds of NYC.”

Bonding is also  factors that plays in such a big trip like this. Cooperation towards fellow members seems to be very important to marching band. “We are all friends, and going on this trip together gets everyone out of their comfort zone.” Senior Jessica Smith comments. “[team bonding] Is the core that keeps us all together.”

However, as some band members pack their bags for the trip, some stay behind. Whether it be the overbearing prices or personal matters, some miss the opportunity. “Since we go during Spring Break, many families have planned other events.” Director Dennis Line states. “Sometimes, it is a matter of cost for the tip.”

It’s easy to think that it can be expensive for a field trip but looking back on how it creates a stronger bond between members and how hard they work, makes it seem all worth it. “I consider the New York trip a reward trip. They work very hard from summer camps through the end of the year concerts.” Line states. “It’s my way of saying, ‘thank you for being part of the band family.’”

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Band musicians take a break in the Big Apple