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South Tama band, choir headed to NYC

Appreciation Concert Prior To Departure On Sunday

June 5, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It soon will be all aboard for the South Tama High School Marching Band and Concert Choir for their much-anticipated trip to the Big Apple. The 65 musicians, 18 chaperons and two directors will take off at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, from the high school on two charter buses for a week-long adventure in New York City.

You are invited to join in, too, at a concert set to begin at 6:30 p.m., just prior to send-off. It will be in the high school gym and is free.

The band and choir will perform to show their appreciation for the help of the South Tama community in making the trip possible.

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Taylor Muhlstein (left) and Caitlin Svacina prepare flags for use in South Tama Marching Band performances on the upcoming trip to New York City on Thursday, May 30. The band and Concert Choir depart Sunday for a seven day trip east.
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"We're grateful for that support," Mary Jo Cherveny, president of the Music Boosters organization emphasized last week.

The total cost of the trip is $105,000 and "It's all paid for," Cherveny said.

The South Tama Music Department plans a major trip once every four years. The band and choir traveled to San Antonio four years ago and the band traveled to Washington D.C. in 2005.

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WHAT: STC Marching Band and Choir Appreciation Concert

WHEN: Sunday, June 9, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: South Tama high School Gymnasium, 1715 Harding (U.S. 63) Tama

Free and public invited

Band director Mike Carnahan worries a bit students won't truly appreciate the trip.

But if what junior Caitlin Svacina says holds true for the others, he can set aside his concern.

"I'm really excited to go with the band and choir. It will be the only opportunity I ever have to go to New York City with my close friends and see the sights," Caitlin said.

Janice Upah, Music Boosters vice president, assures "It's going to be an awesome trip."

Chris McFate, choir director, says students will have "an adventure of a lifetime."

Even though the group will be gone a week, there's a whirlwind of activities slated.

It's predicted the musicians will have a total of "about three hours" to spend in the hotel swimming pool in the whole week.

A sampling of some of the high points include:

a really "high" one on Monday, the first day out, with a stop and band performance at "the roller coater capitol of the world"- Sandusky, Ohio and the Cedar Point Amusement Park.

the next day it's on to New York City with arrival at 4:30 p.m. at Times Square.

among activities during their stay the choir or band will perform at the USS Intrepid, the Bowery Mission, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and take part in workshops at Dany Studios and with the Blue Man Group. In keeping with the New York City trip the band will perform showtunes from the Broadway shows Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Westside Story and Wicked. Among the choir selections will be solos by Carrie Cibula, Rachel Benda, McKenzie McFate, Michael Cahow, David Bennett, Destiny Cherveny, Maddie Nelson and Miranda Brewer.

they will attend the Broadway performance of Wicked, an off- Broadway performance by the Blue Man Group, take a guided tour of NBC Studios and visit the National September 11th Memorial.

Cherveny and Upah said in addition to the 18 chaperons on the trip, security guards have been hired to assure safety in New York City. They said this will also allow the music directors to concentrate on their work in conducting.

The group will be accompanied by a tour guide from the tour company while in New York.



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