Musicians from Lincoln and Taft Union planning to go to National Festival of the States in May 2020
Another group of young musicians from Lincoln Junior High and Taft Union High is gearing up to perform in Washington D.C.
The Taft All-Star band is forming up for a third time and planning is underway to send about 50 musicians and chaperones to the nations capitol to perform next year at the National Festival of the States.
Taft Union High Band Director Amanda Posey, who took the the band to Washington in 2011 and 2016, joined with Lincoln Band teacher Kathy Mondragon to ask the Taft City School District's support for the trip.
The excursion is planned for May 18-21, 2020.
Posey said the students selected for the trip will do fundraising to pay for their own transportation and hotels, but asked the District to cover the cost of chaperones and contribute to the overall cost of the trip because it is a learning experience.
"A trip of this nature not only provides our students with an occasion to perform for audiences in another area, but it gives them an educational opportunity to learn more about our country, its history, government, and people," Posey and Mondragon said in a letter to the Board of Trustees. "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. Actually seeing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution provides the students with something tangible with which to relate to what they have learned in their classes."
Both the TCSD and TUHSD will be asked to cover the cost of four chaperons.
Posey estimated 40 to 50 students will be making the trip.
Students will be required to raise money, keep their grades up and be good citizens to be eligible for the trip. Mondragon introduced two of the students who may be going. Emily Kinnaird and Peyton Dale both performed in the Kern County Honor Band and Orchestra's "It's as Grand Night for Music" concert recently.