TUHS, Lincoln bands have a chance to perform at special 70th anniversery memorial of Pearl Harbor attack
The Lincoln and Taft High bands have their work cut out for them next year.
They will be raising money during the year so they can make a trip to Washington D.C. to be a part of a massive musical tribute on the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The boards of both schools have given the project a green light.
Lincoln band director Marlene Mudge made presentations at both board meetings to explain the trip and answer questions.
“We have been invited to perform in Washington D.C. in 2011,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to teach our students a bit of history. This is basically an educational trip.”
A trip of this nature, she said, not only provides student musicians with an opportunity to perform, it presents them with a learning experience about the nation’s history, government and people.
“The experience of touring the nation’s capitol, seeing the White House, viewing the various monuments and visiting Arlington National Cemetery cannot be taught in a classroom,” she said.
Being able to actually see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will give them “something tangible with which to relate what they have learned in their classes.”
The combined bands will perform in at least one of the major venues – the Capitol steps, White House Ellipse, Lincoln and/or Jefferson memorials, Arlington, or the U.S. Navy Memorial.
“We also hope to be able to attend a rehearsal by either the Navy Band or Marine Corps Band or maybe arrange for a clinic,” she said.
Mudge said she also hopes to arrange a Capitol or White House tour with Congressman Kevin McCarthy.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the kids,” she said.
Guidelines have been established in order to qualify for the four-day trip, she said.
“The students will need to keep their grades up,” she said.
Good behavior is a requirement too – no more than one suspension during the 2010-11 school year and none during the first quarter of 2011 before the group embarks on Nov. 7, 2011.
Truancy is an automatic disqualifier.
And, the students must be able to play the musical numbers selected for the trip.
Many of those, Mudge said, will be patriotic tunes.
Fundraising will be the key element, she said.
“It’s got to be parent-driven,” she said. “We figure it will cost $1,000-$1,500 per person, and we estimate between 50 and 75 kids will go.”