I just wanted to spend a few minutes telling you about the wonderful trip the Richfield Music program recently took to the East Coast. After spending 24 hours on a bus ride to Boston, we listened to the choir sing in front of Faneuil Hall marketplace. On the first day in Boston the Band and Choir had a concert clinic at the Cambridge Masonic Hall, with a member of the MIT staff leading. In the afternoon, we had a great history lesson on how Boston became the great city that it is and then followed the Freedom Trail to the USS Constitution. We had dinner at the Hard Rock Café, then off to a performance of the longest running play in the United States, Shear Madness. The play involves audience participation and the students were fantastic.
We then traveled to Manhattan and enjoyed shopping and dinner at Rockefeller Center. We then walked to Times Square and Broadway to enjoy a wonderful performance of Spiderman – Turn off the Dark. The next day, the students had a performance clinic with the associate director of Spiderman and learned about how performances are done on Broadway. After a quick lunch, we enjoyed a guided tour of Manhattan. We all got dressed in our Sunday best and headed to dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Café, then to the Top of Rock for spectacular views of Manhattan.
On Sunday we went to Ellis Island and Liberty Island to enjoy a beautiful day and one of the most iconic symbols of the United States, the Statue of Liberty. The choir again sang for the people and when we were through, we started our long journey home.
Through it all I have to say that the students represented Richfield High School in an exemplary manner. The directors, Ben Hoehn and Jonathan Kopplin lead us on a journey that was exciting and educational. We had a group of seven parent chaperones who took the time out of their busy lives to assist with the trip and show support and guidance along the way. I am hoping that the students were able to strengthen their friendships as well as possibly make a few along the way. I am sure that I did. I have been on four trips with the Music Program and each time I feel that the best students are the ones from Richfield, I am very proud to say I am from Richfield and that the Music Program is a very important part of their lives. You should be proud of them, as should the entire city.