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The Big Apple: live blogging from senior Jared Murray

By Jared Murray
Guest Reporter

It’s 10:29 p.m. on March 3 and the FC Symphony Orchestra is almost home! Despite sitting on a bus all day long watching Mean Girls and Spongebob,  it’s been exhausting and right now almost everyone is catching up on lost sleep. I’ll have to admit, I originally did not want to go on this trip. I went 3 years ago and figured that I saw and heard everything I needed to then. Why I thought that is beyond me, because one can never fully understand New York and I’m truly glad I came again and was able to perform at the Lincoln Center one more time.

Thank you FC Bagpiper for letting me show you an inside look into the FCHS Symphony Orchestra, I’ve really enjoyed it!

Blogger, out.

The Big Apple: live blogging from senior Jared Murray

By Jared Murray
Guest Reporter

It’s 3:21 p.m. on Saturday March 2, and the orchestra is setting out to the high seas for a dinner cruise, dressed to impress, of course. Earlier today we competed in the finals of The National School Orchestra Championships. Although we did not place in the top four, we received a nice participation trophy. I won the award for Best Low String Solo for my solo in the piece “Oblivion” by Astor Piazolla! Right now I am standing in line for the buffet on the ship, and it looks delicious. I have yet to have a bad meal here in New York and I doubt I will before we leave. After dinner we are moving upstairs to dance on the dance floor. Hopefully no one will take a picture of me in the middle of an embarrassing dance move. After dinner we’re going to see Mary Poppins on Broadway. This is my second Broadway show and I’m really excited! This is our last night in the city so I’m hoping to make it legend. . . wait for it. . . dary!

 Make sure to keep checking the Bagpiper Online for more updates on our travels!

Orchestra prepares for New York trip

By McKenna Click

Tuesday during seventh period orchestra students who will be in attendance during the New York trip had one of their final rehearsals until they play in New York.  This is the orchestra’s second year playing in New York.  Students attending left right after school today and will return Sunday night.  Orchestra teacher and chaperon for the trip Doug Elmore is excited for the trip.  “[I’m excited] to see the looks on my students’ faces when they see New York.”  When asked about his fears about playing in New York, Elmore responded with faith in his students.  “Nothing [about this trip] scares me.  These students are mature, organized, and well prepared.”

Orchestra prepares for the ‘Big Apple’

Next week, on Feb. 27, 29 members from the orchestra will travel to New York to participate in a competition at the Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

“I think is our fourth trip to new York,” said orchestra director Doug Elmore. “New York is an obvious choice for a music trip, as it is the most arts dense city in America, in addition to being the home of some great architecture, monuments, and the largest auditorium in America.”

Traveling anywhere for school is very exciting, but the opportunity to travel to New York is amazing. Junior Lucy Brown said she is more than excited to travel to New York.

“I am very excited but I’m most excited for the cruise around Manhattan,” said Brown.

There are many aspects that go into preparing for a show, but an incredible amount goes into preparing for New York.

“Preparing the music has been a little stressful,” said Elmore. “The kids are working very hard though.”

As the day gets closer and closer the more the members are getting a little bit nervous and really excited. There is many things the orchestra will do other than perform.

The members said they will go out to eat, tour the city, shop, and much more.

The upcoming trip presents many opportunities for the students.

“I am very excited to be taking such a talented, responsible, and fun group of students on such an awesome trip,” said Elmore. “The kids will remember this for a lifetime.”