On Saturday, March 28, 140 DeForest Band & Choir students with chaperones will leave to spend a week at Disney, Universal, and Cocoa Beach. They will also be performing at Downtown Disney’s Waterside Stage on Wednesday, April 1. The Band will perform at 1:00 pm (EDT)/12:00 pm ( CDT) and the Choir will perform at 4:15 pm (EDT)/3:15 pm (CDT). Directors Brandon Bautz will lead the Band and Maggie Condon will lead the Choir.
The Band will be performing four pieces: American Riversongs by Pierre LaPlante, English Folk Song Suite (Mvt. I) by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Foundry by John Mackey, and Sunburst by Erik Morales. “This has been huge undertaking with a few years of careful planning,” says director Brandon Bautz. “I am always astonished on how much the students achieve in just a short time here at DeForest. This will be an experience that the students will take with them for the rest of their lives and I am personally very excited to share this experience with them. I am very thankful that we have families willing to invest time and money into this project.”
The Choir will be performing a culturally diverse selection of seven pieces representing countries from around the World. “We are incredibly excited to take this trip,” says director Maggie Condon. “My students have been working really hard to prepare this music, it is a bit out of the normal routine for us. Since we have a mixture of members from all four curricular choirs going, we have had to be creative in how we can prepare and rehearse this music. The students have had to put in some long days to accommodate evening rehearsals, but I’ve never seen them more excited to stay at school until 7:30 pm!”
The Band and Choir students will also participate in a three hour clinic with a Disney professional conductor. “I am most excited for the Disney Sings Workshop,” says junior Meredith Sullivan. “I think it will be really awesome to work with the Disney professionals and actually get a recording of ourselves at the end of the day.”
“It’s a really great opportunity and we have been really excited both musically and to visit the Parks,” says senior Nina Buchanan. “We are all looking forward to enjoying the warm weather and making new memories with our friends. I am personally excited to spend the afternoon at Cocoa Beach.”
“The students are excited to perform and participate in the clinic which is a great enriching educational experience. But many are also very excited to visit the new Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. The only thing folks are not looking forward to is the 24 hour overnight bus ride one way,” says Bautz.
If you cannot see the performance in person, it will also be streamed live on the internet. To watch both performances, go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/deforestbandchoir. Please note the time zone differences–the Band will perform at 1:00 pm (EDT)/12:00 pm ( CDT) and the Choir will perform at 4:15 pm (EDT)/3:15 pm (CDT) on April 1st. The performances will be streamed live however there may be possible broadcasting issues depending on cell phone signal strength at the location.
The DeForest Area Music Boosters were an integral part in helping the students get to this point. The trip cost was $912 per person but it covers most meals, lodging, park passes, and many other things. Many members of the boosters and many hours went into fundraising to help reduce the overall cost of the trip for students and their families. Kim Walker, Music Booster President, says, “As a music parent and a member of the Music Boosters, we wanted to help make the trip affordable for all the music students. It was great to work together with students and parents for a common cause.”
There will be two Orlando Send-Off Concerts at DAHS during the Advisory period. The Choir will perform at 10:30am in the PAC on Wednesday, March 25. The Band will perform at 10:30am in the PAC on Thursday, March 26. Both concerts will be broadcast live on the internet to test the platform. The link is above.