George Mason’s band and choir students’ long awaited trip to New York occurred over the weekend of April 20. The members of the two musical groups met at school at 5:30 a.m. for their six-hour bus journey to the Big Apple.
The band, led by Mary Jo West, and the choir, led by Lauren Glass, had prepared for and anticipated this trip for a long time. In order to raise funds for this trip, members of the musical ensembles sold chocolates.
On the afternoon of the 20th, the chorus, symphonic band and percussionists attended a Meet the Artist program, while the Wind Symphony members had a private clinic with one of the National Band & Orchestra Festival guest clinicians. Dinner and a group picture in Times Square followed, and the students also attended a Broadway show.
Anna Barbour-Leslie, freshman, most enjoyed the Broadway musical, Once. “It was really good and really funny. It was just so good, overall,” she said.
The next day, the choir students and their chaperones walked around Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue. Meanwhile, the wind symphony warmed up for a performance. After that, they all attended a Blue Man Group show.
One band student, freshman Philip Whittlesey, most enjoyed the “Blue Man Group. They were really good, but it is hard to explain what I liked about them.”
On the last day of their trip, the students visited the 9/11 Memorial.
Freshman Justin Trainor favored “the 9-11 Memorial, because you could look up at Freedom Tower and it just goes up for miles.”
The George Mason High School Band and Chorus had a performance at 2:00 p.m. then they started their journey back to Falls Church. After a hectic and adventurous trip, the travelers arrived at George Mason High School around 9:30 that night.