Band students perform National Anthem at Fenway Park
On April 7, 2014, the WHS band and orchestra left for Boston, Mass. to play at the renowned Fenway Park and tour the city.
This biennial trip alternates between Disney world and another destination.
According to WHS Music Dept. member Dan Adams, the second destination is determined by what it has to offer music students educationally, musically and culturally.
Many students enjoyed their performance at Fenway Park in which 187 students performed the National Anthem in front of thousands of baseball fans. “My favorite parts of the trip was spending time with my friends and playing at Fenway Park,” Kassandra Vaughn (12) said.
The music staff worked hard to obtain this opportunity.
“There is a formal request that involves recordings and images. It is reviewed by the staff of the Red Sox and selection is based upon our musicality and availability. Many contacts with Red Sox personnel helped to solidify our performance,” Adams said.
After the performance, students toured the city for the next two days. They visited Faneuil Hall, the New England Aquarium, the Prudential center, took a duck tour, a tour of the freedom trail, a tour of the USS Constitution, visited the JFK Library and Museum, took a dinner cruise and visited the Boston Public Library where they saw the Boston Marathon Bombing exhibit.
The dinner cruise was a three to four hour ride into the Boston harbor to see the Boston skyline at dusk.
“My favorite part is hard to choose since I liked both Fenway and playing there, but also the dinner cruise. I just really enjoyed looking out at Boston’s buildings,” Asvin Gireesh (9) said.
The students enjoyed the experiences of spending a week in Boston and playing at Fenway.