NEWPORT - Band director Bill Prue and students Zack Tweed and Rebecca Young provided the North Country Union High School Board last Tuesday with a review of last spring's trip to Disney World in Florida. The field trip wasn't only about having fun, said Prue. â€śThe trip addressed standards of music, it's relationship with other mediums, and proper etiquette.â€ť
â€śMany of the 57 students haven't traveled outside the Northeast Kingdom, much less flown on an airplane,â€ť Prue observed. â€śThat in itself was quite an experience.â€ť
The band held a performance at Disney World in a setting next to a lake, which Prue described as â€śfantastic.â€ť Prior to the show, the students were given pointers on etiquette such as not wearing white socks with black tuxedos. â€śThey reinforced some of things I've been telling them,â€ť said Prue.
The band also participated in a clinic in which they had to sight read music â€“ playing a score for the first time without practice. The students were able to enhance and modify the music until they had composed their own score. The music was recorded on a sound track and loaded into a video player, which used images moving in unison with the music, and then burned onto a DVD.
For more on this story and for photos and a report on the band's trip to Disney World, see pages 1 and 14 of the Newport Daily Express for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.