Nashville Band And Choir Trip

Shiocton High School Band and Choir students at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. – Submitted photo

Shiocton High School band and choir students recently returned from an exciting four-day trip to Nashville, Tennessee.
The multi-day experience began during the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 1 when students packed the school parking lot with luggage and instrument cases before boarding the Lamers buses. After a 2 a.m. departure, band and choir students were on their way to Music City. On the first day of travel, students headed underground to explore the longest (known) cave system in the world: Mammoth Cave. After that historic and extraordinary stop in Kentucky, it was back on the road to Tennessee.
After a good night’s rest at the Hilton Place in Nashville’s suburb of Hendersonville, it was an early start for high school students, as they attended band and choir sessions with Tennessee State University Band Director Dr. Reginald McDonald and Music/Choral Director Dr. Susan Kelley. Later, it was time for a slightly wet trip to downtown Nashville for lunch before heading off to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Old country music records and Elvis Presley’s exhibits took on-lookers back in time for the afternoon. A pizza party at the hotel followed before students were able to watch a live performance by multi-season “Dancing with the Stars” winner Derek Hough at the Grand Ole Opry.
After a delicious hotel breakfast on Friday, May 3 students were off to the Gaylord Opryland Resort for a look at some extravagant sights, including indoor jungles, villages and shops. Following the view of the resort, it was time to make a trip to the General Jackson Showboat, in which students and chaperones took a ride on the large boat traveling down the Cumberland River while listening to live band performances and overlooking the Nashville skyline. By the time the late afternoon rolled around, students were prepared for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Grand Ole Opry, learning about the historical part to the building and taking a look at the dressing rooms in which all performers use before hitting the stage. A short shopping trip at the nearby Opry Mills Mall followed.
The last day out of the Dairyland was May 4 in which bags were packed and it was time to get back on the bus for a long trip home. On the way back, students stopped at Kentucky Kingdom for a couple of hours, taking a ride on some roller coasters and watching some videos in the cinema. Rain, unfortunately, cut the visit to Kentucky Kingdom short but did not wash away any of the memories made from the band/choir Nashville trip 2019!
Written by Band Student,
Colton Westby