On November 24th while most of us left school to prepare for holiday eating, time with family and a little bit of rest and relaxation, thirty five of our band students met at Orlando International Airport to leave for Chicago. Along with the Lake Highland Prep Band, our own TFA Royal Marching Band had the privilege of marching in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day. This parade was broadcast nationally over WGN-Chicago.
Under the name of the Central Florida Marching Regiment these combined bands marched to the cheers and delight of onlookers. Jason Schmidt and Chris Greening (LHPS) conducted the band through the parade as well as the students through the trip which lasted five days.
Marino Territo (class of 2011) commented that his favorite part of the trip was the opportunity to hear John Williams direct the Chicago Orchestra. Students recognized music from several of the Harry Potter movies as well as the Imperial March (also known as Darth Vader's Theme), the Sunday Night Football theme, and the theme from E.T. Students were also introduced to music that their parents might find more familiar such as Colonel Bogey and the other music of the first half was movie music of Director David Lean (theme song to the movie The Bridge Over the River Kwai), music from Oliver, and Doctor Zhivago. All of it was written by John Williams.
Students had a chance to stroll Michigan Avenue and browse the shops found there. They also visited Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Science and Industry . Students also got to taste Chicago when they were able to eat at Ed Debevic's as well as experience the subway and the "Ell". Mikaela Case enjoyed the city so much she confided that she would like to go to school there.
Several parents who went with the band as chaperones. John and Suzanne McGowan performed a great mission of love and support for our program when they undertook the two day journey to drive the band trailer to Chicago and back. Richard and Barb Ryan (Band Booster Presidents) also were key to overseeing our students. Gary Meloon, Doris Wright, Barbara Szasz, Dave and Annette Westerskov, and Eva Spotorno had direct chaperone supervision of students. The parents were a great support of our entire trip.
The trip is the result of several months of planning by Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Greening. It is an awesome opportunity for our Fine Arts students. It is only one of the great reasons why your student, if he or she hasn't already, should seriously consider participating in the Fine Arts here at The First Academy. Congratulations, Mr. Schmidt, on a highly successful trip.
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