PHS bands shipped off to Boston
By Bailee Brown
The Perrysburg Wind Ensemble and Concert Band last month traveled to Boston to compete.
The Boston Heritage Festival held bands, choirs, and orchestras. The bus ride was long and exhausting for students, but fun nonetheless.
The first day upon arrived, the bands traveled to IHOP for breakfast and took up the entire restaurant. After breakfast, they boarded the charter buses to head to a Freedom Trail Tour. The group toured the park and the cemetery. Despite the on-and-off rain, it was a blast.
From there, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe, where cymbals and a gong lined the bar wall. At lunch, there was a little more variety in meal choice, as opposed to IHOP.
After this, the band split into Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, so Wind Ensemble could go to the rehearsal workshop, while Concert Band went to the Skywalk Observatory. Although you would think the best weather for the Skywalk Observatory would be clear and sunny, it was beautiful even with the rain and fog. You could see over the city for miles.
The concert band was there until it was time for their workshop and Wind Ensemble to go to dinner at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. During the workshop everyone was very tired, but still played very well. A conductor from Boston University gave advice for the songs and gave many compliments.
By the time rehearsal was over, it was time for the Boston Symphony. Everyone changed into nice clothes and rode the buses to the symphony. Everyone was dressed extremely well and many were elderly. Pieces by Mozart and Bruckner were performed, which featured Malcolm Lowe and Steven Ansell.
“The Boston Symphony was a great experience for the entire band, it exposed us to high level performers in an amazing setting,” said sophomore percussionist Ethan Laib.
The concert lasted more than two hours. By the time the buses headed for the hotel, it was about 10:15 p.m. and everyone was ready to sleep.
The next two days were so exciting and full of adventuring, tours, performing, and the award ceremony.
The Perrysburg High School Wind Ensemble received a gold second place plaque and Concert Band captured a gold first place plaque. Two trophies, the Adjudicator Award and the Sweepstakes for Instrumental Program, were awarded to the band as a whole. The final thing won was by senior Stephen Strouse for being the best, most influential, and outgoing individual.
“I enjoyed the experiences with my fellow band members on this trip,” sophomore trombone player Eric Chandler said. “We grew as not as musicians, but as people, too.”
Overall, the trip was a success and is something to be remembered for the rest of our lives.
“It was an amazing getting to experience the vast difference in lifestyle and culture from what we are used to in Perrysburg, as well as visiting all of the historical sites that have such an extensive background,” sophomore Nicolas Aleman said.
It’s something the entire band is proud of and will be. I hope we are able to attend next year to display our talent again.