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Music department plans spring trip

Eric Weyant
Trip Ready. Senior Mackenzie Colabove shows off her art skills as she designed shirts for last years trip in New York.

On May 24, the music department will host an annual trip to a location on the east coast. Last year was a trip to New York for a Broadway show. This year, the music department will travel to Ohio for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Cedar Point. 

For the trip, the whole department wears the same shirt which is designed by a student in the department. Last year, senior Mackenzie Colabove won the contest and had her design on all the shirts while they were in New York.

“I was really surprised I won the contest last year,” Colabove said. “When I was younger, I used to like drawing a lot, but I got away from it. So this was kind of an opportunity to see if I could still draw, and I could. I will be submitting another design for this year’s contest, and I hope I can win it for my senior year.”

Going from New York all the way down to Disney in Florida, the directors talk about their favorite trips throughout the years they’ve been teaching and why that is their favorite.

“The Disney trip was a lot of fun. You know, the years that we did the Myrtle Beach trips, they were a lot of fun too. I mean, I’m  not saying that I didn’t enjoy those, but just marching down Main Street was pretty cool,” band Director Larry Detwiler said.

“I would say our Disney trip because of course it was overnight. We get to play in the park, all that kind of stuff,” orchestra director Kelly Detwiler said. “So they’re always really enjoyable trips. I like going to New York City also and seeing Broadway shows are some of my favorite things,” K. Detwiler said.

The directors say that this year will be easier to complete because there’s not as much stress as for other trips. 

“It’s going to be a fun trip,” L. Detwiler said.  “One of the big things you have to worry about performing on this one, you know, when we are getting ready for Disney, it’s like, ‘Oh, we got to, you know, like, lots of practices, big control, you know, like, everything’s ready to go.’ It’s always a worry. ‘Do we have all the equipment?’ Especially when we do the Disney or the Myrtle Beach packing, loading trucks, everything. This one will be nice because we just get on the bus and go have fun, have time in New Museum Park. But at the same time, I think a lot of the students will be really surprised, because the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is really cool. It’s like seeing all these people that you always heard about, and it’s going to be fun,” 

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is always interesting,” K. Detwiler said. “I particularly like seeing the instruments some of the musicians have had on display there. I love to see outfits like Elvis or the Beatles or something like that. I think that’s really interesting.” 

The directors explain what they’re excited for and why for this upcoming trip and what they plan to do on the trip.

“I’m more excited for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because I’m not a ride person. I really don’t ride very much. I kind of just eat my way through the park,” L. Detwiler said.

I’m not much of a ride rider, so the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is kind of what I like, but Cedar Point, Mr. D and I kind of go round and test out all the foods and stuff so that’s a lot of fun there, so I like both but I’m more excited for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a little bit more,” K. Detwiler said.

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Eric Weyant
Eric Weyant, Reporter
My name is Eric Weyant. I am a sophomore on the Mountain Echo and Horseshoe staff. I am a bass drummer in the band. When I'm not drumming, I'm playing basketball or cornhole. I'm very good at cornhole. In my first tournament, I placed in the top 5. I like playing with my family in Claysburg, and we enter tournaments together. I'm excited to tell you what's going on in the school this year.

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    Noah McCaulleyMay 10, 2024 at 9:35 am

    Currently mentally preparing myself to ride as many roller coasters as possible at Cedar Point.