The Storm Lake High School Music Department will travel to Orlando, Fla., on its major performance trip over Spring Break, March 27-31. The SLHS Music Department takes a major performance trip every four years.
The last one in 1998 was also to Orlando and the students and adults who participated enjoyed the experience.
This year the Concert Choir, Concert Band and String Orchestra will each perform in a national contest. The groups will also perform at Epcot in Walt Disney World. More than 200 schools participate in the national contest, Musicfest Orlando, which operates on weekends from late March through June. Each ensemble must prepare a contest program and also a lighter entertainment-orientated program for Disney.
On Wednesday, March 27, the group of 242 students and adults will fly out of Des Moines, arrive in Orlando and tour Universal Studios, then check in to the hotel and rest until morning.
On the 28th all three groups will perform in Epcot and will enjoy the park the rest of the day. On the 29th they will go to Planet Hollywood for breakfast, visit Disney's Animal Kingdom and tour MGM Studios. The 30th is contest day and all three groups will perform in Musicfest Orlando.
After the performances they will go to the beach, have a barbeque and attend the awards ceremony at MGM.
They will then check out of the hotel on Sunday the 31st, attend church services if desired, go to the Magic Kingdom and then fly out of Orlando, arriving back in Storm Lake in the early morning hours with the day off before returning to school on Tuesday.
The philosophy of this trip is to provide a musical experience that will be long remembered, and to improve the department, school officials said.
The self-discipline, respon-sibility and accountability required of the students to their ensemble to prepare high quality music to a top level of performance will help them musically, while the character, consideration for others and camaraderie in the ensembles they will develop will make them better people for society.