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CHS band and chorus students head for the Big Apple
In April, a group of 116 Colchester High School band and chorus students hope to travel to New York City to perform in the World Strides Heritage Festival. The cost per student of the two-day trip is $560. With 116 students (plus chaperones) planning to go, the group needs to raise nearly $65,000.
Students have raised some of the money through wreath, candle and program ad sales that were held this fall. A telethon on LCATV (see sidebar), featuring live performances from the CHS jazz band and choral ensembles, is also planned in December. The Music and Meal Soiree, another major fundraiser for the NYC trip, is scheduled for February.
“The highlight of the trip is performing in the World Strides Heritage Festival,” said Evan Peltier, CHS director of bands. “The Festival features bands and choruses from all over the country and is a rigorous competition. It really challenges the students to work together and perform to their fullest potential.”
While in New York City, the students will have a packed three-day itinerary from morning to night. In addition to the Festival competition, they will also have the opportunity to attend the Broadway musical, “Newsies,” visit the 9/11 Memorial, cruise around the Statue of Liberty, tour the Lincoln Center and visit Chinatown/Little Italy.
According to Peltier, he and CHS Choral Director Melissa Towle try to plan an enrichment program like this every other year to give all band and choral students the opportunity to have such an experience at least once during their high school years.
To help support the New York City trip, be sure to watch for upcoming fundraisers, or make a check payable to CHS Music and send it to: Evan Peltier or Melissa Towle; Colchester High School; 131 Laker Lane, Colchester, VT 05446. For more information, call 264-5742.
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Middle and high school band and choral groups host holiday concerts
Get in the holiday spirit with the Colchester High School and Middle School chorus and band students.
The CHS Jubilee Winter Concert will be held on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Colchester High School Theatre. This concert will feature the CHS concert and jazz bands as well as several choral ensembles, including a first-ever all-male ensemble.
The Colchester Middle School chorus will host their holiday concert on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Colchester High School Theatre.
The Colchester Middle School band will hold their holiday concert on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the CMS gymnasium. This concert will feature the CMS sixth-grade band, the seventh- and eighth-grade band and the jazz band.
The concerts are free and open to the public.
The Colchester High School concert band will also be performing in small group “caroling ensembles” on Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Church Street (in front of Kiss the Cook) to help raise money for their upcoming trip to New York City. Stop by while doing your holiday shopping.
For more information about these events, visit www.friendsofcolchestermusic.com.