Today’s activities began with fantastic Band, Choir, Color Guard, and Orchestra workshops at Broadway Classroom in Manhattan. Students got to rehearse with Broadway directors, musicians, and actors who also shared stories about musical life in NYC and gave advice on being a professional musician. After the workshops, we spent the time exploring the area in and around Times Square. We then had a wonderful dinner at the Crossroads Restaurant at the beautiful Marriott Marquis and then saw the hilarious and amazing musical Something Rotten.
After a long bus ride, we arrived at Penn State University early Tuesday morning to have band, choir & orchestra clinics with their esteemed faculty. It was a very productive and worthwhile experience in preparation for Thursday’s big concert. Following lunch, we made our way to NYC and got to experience the city at the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center). We had some amazing views of Central Park and Manhattan. Check out some of the pics below:
Students began arriving as early as 10:30 a.m. for band, choir, and orchestra rehearsals. Suitcases, bags, cases, etc. littered the halls and music classrooms in anticipation. At 3:30 p.m., the music department presented their Farewell Concert in the gym which featured music that will be performed at Carnegie Hall. Following the concert, we loaded the buses and were off!
In addition to seeing the Rolling Meadows Music Department perform at CARNEGIE HALL, family and friends are invited to join us for dinner on March 23 and see one or both of the Broadway shows (Aladdin or Something Rotten) with us. Tickets for the shows are limited, so please click the link below and return the flyer to school by January 8.
If you are not able to see us perform, please encourage anybody that you know in the New York area to come to the concert and support our awesome students. Tickets will be made available soon on the Carnegie Hall website. Parents/adults who are chaperoning have already been reserved spots for all of these events. Contact the RMHS music staff if you have any questions.
As was mentioned in early March, our 2016 Spring Trip will be to New York City to (among other things) perform at legendary CARNEGIE HALL! Below you will find a trip itinerary filled with all of the thrilling activities & experiences which are being planned in addition to a payment schedule. To help offset the trip cost, there are a number of fundraisers scheduled in which students may participate. The trip cost may also drop if there are more people attending than what was originally planned.
We are very excited to offer this opportunity to RMHS students, parents, and friends. Imagine performing on Carnegie’s historic stage in front of thousands of people! Imagine being in the audience, seeing your child perform with the RMHS Bands, Orchestras, or Choirs! This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You will not want to miss this!
A tourist lost in New York City asks a bystander, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The bystander responds “Practice, Practice, Practice!” While it still is a classic joke, you can now change the punch line to: “Come with the RMHS Music Department on their 2016 Spring Trip!“
Yes, you read that right. The RMHS Music Department 2016 Spring Break Trip will be to New York City where, among other things, we will PERFORM at the legendary CARNEGIE HALL! Built in 1891, it’s history of performances is unrivaled. I urge you to see for yourself, by visiting their website: Carnegie Hall
More details of the trip are forthcoming, but in the meantime, if you would like to see some of the things that we will be doing, please enjoy this short video:
Fun, fun, fun! No performances or clinics on our last day in Orlando. The day began with a huge breakfast at Planet Hollywood which included our own personal DJ and dancing by our students and faculty. We then spent the rest of the day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Students got to enjoy the thrills of the Rock’n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Star Tours, and were treated to a magical display of light & sound at Fantasmic. The highlight of the day, though, has to be RMHS Choir Director Ms. Walsh who was selected to perform for the American Idol Experience!! She was fantastic, singing Shania Twain’s I Feel Like a Woman in front of hundreds of people and a judging panel, just like on the television show. We left the park around 9:30 p.m. and, after a long bus ride, made it back to RMHS the next day at about 8:30. Thank you to all of the adult chaperones who helped make this a very successful trip. We hope the students enjoyed it!