Middle school fine arts traveling showcase sweeps through Mid-South

The Honor Band from Houston Middle performed at the University of Louisville on a Friday morning last month and spent the rest of the weekend having fun and experiencing St. Louis for themselves. The performance was a special treat as the Honor Band was invited to use the main concert hall. After the performance, three graduate students and one undergraduate student worked with Houston musicians on the selections that were performed.

At the end, the band spent time working with a Music Education faculty member at the University of Louisville, who also serves as the Director of Athletic Bands at the University. When asking students about their experiences, the trip was most commonly reflected, “I never knew we could sound so good.” “For the first time, I really felt connected to that piece of music.” “Can we go back, I want to get that one conductor’s autograph; she was so cool!” “Can we do that again next year?"

While in St. Louis, the band visited Six Flags, the City Museum, and the Old Courthouse. Although the students enjoyed their time at the museum and the theme park, 8th grade students especially enjoyed the Old Courthouse because they just learned about it in their Social Studies classes. The Dred Scott case, made famous because the Supreme Court’s decision made slavery legal in Free States, was heard there. Students took pictures in the courtroom and were even showing their 6th and 7th grade peers about the history made in that room.

The Honor Orchestras from Riverdale and Houston Middle and the Honor Choir from Houston Middle went on a trip to St. Louis, Missouri this past March. They competed in a festival and placed well in the competitions.

Riverdale students also journeyed to compete and perform this spring. Their destination brought them to a band and choir festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Students in both organization had some time for a few recreational stops like Dollywood and Wonderworks.

The RES band was named the first place winner of the festival, while the choir was given a Superior Rating.

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