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FHS Band to Return to New York City in 2011!

Posted by Alan on November 19, 2010 8:22 AM | Filed in News | Comments (1)

fhs-band.pngA room of parents attending the regular meeting of the Fayetteville Band Booster Club Thursday night were hoping to find out where the high school band will be traveling next year. The band takes a "big" trip every three years, and in the past the group has performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Fiesta Bowl Parade, and the Hollywood Christmas Parade. When band director Barry Harper stood up to give his report, the parents and students were ready for the big news.
Next year, the band will once again travel to New York City with a side trip to Philadelphia to perform in Channel 6 ABC 96th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. In addition to the parade performance, the band's Wind Ensemble will also be presenting a concert at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. Harper explained that the band is not eligible to participate in the Macy's Parade until 2013 since there is a five year waiting period once you perform in the parade. The band marched in the Macy's Parade in 1998 and most recently in 2008. "The Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia allows us the same opportunity and it is only 2 ½ hours from our hotel in New York City." Harper also explained that the trip will allow the students and directors the opportunity to showcase both aspects of the program (marching and concert). Fayetteville Public Schools is proud of its comprehensive band program and looks forward to showcasing it to the world.
In addition to the two performances, the band will also attend a Broadway musical, visit the Statue of Liberty, and take a dinner/dance cruise around the Hudson River.  Students will also visit Liberty Square and the Liberty Bell while in Philadelphia. By traveling during the Thanksgiving break, students will not have to miss classes and fall behind in their school work.
Even though final figures are still being put together, the trip is expected to cost each student $1250.00. However, the band provides many opportunities for the students to raise money for their trip. This includes installing and de-installing seatbacks at Razorback Stadium, serving as parking attendants for all Razorback football and basketball games, and cleaning up trash at the annual Bikes, Blues, and BBQ rally.
Harper was very excited about the trip and promised more details in the coming months. "I know there has been a lot of interest and speculation so I wanted to let you in on our plans," he added. "How many band students have the opportunity to perform for two major events while also experiencing so much of New York City and Philadelphia? Many of our students have never attended a Broadway show so this will be a very educational experience for them."  Harper added, "I have been to New York City on numerous occasions but it will be my first time to visit Philadelphia and see the Liberty Bell." The band trip will take place from November 19th-25th, 2011.


Posted by Dana R. Ciaravino on November 20, 2010 10:32 AM

We (Band Boosters) are so proud of our Bulldog Band. Every year they work hard to earn money for the band to operate and to allow them to participate in competitions in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri (always winning top honors.) A portion of the money they earn goes toward their trip accounts making it possible to go on these, what we bandies call "The Big Trip". All the band students work really hard to make all this possible, they do not have to pay a fee to be in band, just work and earn the money. All that said; if you see an opportunity to help these great kids earn money please support them. For example, if you are attending a Razorback Football, Basketball game, park in the FHS parking lots and pay a small fee. All proceeds go straight to the band. If you are planning a Tailgating party, rent one of the FHS pavilions. All your help is greatly appreciated and your money goes to a great program in your community.

Thank you and for all your support,
Dana R. Ciaravino, FHS Band Booster President