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Making music with Mickey and friends

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LaMoille High and Junior High choir students take their Friday evening to rehearse for Sunday's concert at the high school. The 2 p.m. concert, which will include both the schools' choir and band, is being given as an appreciation to the community for its support for all the fundraising efforts done by the schools to raise money for the music department's upcoming trip to Disney World in Florida.

LAMOILLE —Thirty-eight LaMoille students will head to Florida in less than two weeks to perform at Disney World.

On Friday, LaMoille High School and Allen Junior High music instructor Alexandra Schifler said this is the first time in many years that students from the LaMoille Music Department have taken an out-of-state trip to perform. The choir and band students, accompanied by 12 adults, will leave on a charter bus on March 23 from the school and return to LaMoille on March 27.

While in Disney World, the LaMoille musicians, seventh-graders through juniors, will have a one-day outdoor performance and will perform with the Disney World choir and band. In keeping with the theme of the park, all music will be Disney music, such as “Beauty and the Beast” and songs from the “Mary Poppins” movie, Schifler said.

Before leaving for Disney World, the LaMoille students will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school in an appreciation concert for the community, family and friends, who have helped with all the many fundraisers held for the trip. There is no admission cost for Sunday’s concert. It’s a simple thank you to the community, Schifler said.

On Friday, LaMoille High freshman Clay Stuepfert said the students have done all kinds of fundraisers during the past two years, including having a breakfast at the LaMoille Lions Club, working the concession stand at football games, and selling Fannie Mae candies, flowers and candles. The cost of the trip is about $800 per student.

Though he’s been to Disney World before when he was younger, Clay said he’s really looking forward to going this time and enjoying everything. He’s especially looking forward to the LaMoille groups getting to perform with the Disney World choir and the band.

Clay, who sings bass in the choir, said the special thing about music is the fact that there are so many different styles of music, so everyone can find some kind of music they like. Music is a powerful thing that can touch people’s emotions and help them through all kinds of experiences, he said.

Seventh-grader Melanie Chasteen is also looking forward to the trip to Disney World. The choir and band have practiced a lot to get ready. Like Clay, she’s especially looking forward to getting to perform with the Disney World choir and band. Melanie sings soprano in the LaMoille choir and clarinet in the band.

On a personal note, Melanie said she loves music, listening to it with her friends and listening to it when she’s alone. When she’s feeling down, music makes her happy. Life without music wouldn’t be very good, Melanie said.

As a teacher, Schifler said she’s got some definite goals for her students during this trip. She wants to see this trip become a real bonding time for her students. She also wants the trip to be a time when her students become more and more involved in music, coming to the point when they realize they will always want to play their instruments or sing.

Now in her fifth year at the LaMoille Schools, Schifler said her goal is to take her students on a larger performance trip every four years and a smaller, more nearby trip, every two years. For now, final preparations and rehearsals are being completed for this first trip to Disney World.

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