Band, choir to embark on third big trip
LAMOILLE — The LaMoille Schools band and choir is counting down the days until a big trip to Nashville at the end of the month.
The students will experience a Nashville Country Tour Feb. 23-26. They will perform at the County Music Hall of Fame, visit the Grand Ole Opry, tour the Belle Meade Plantation, see the Hermitage — home of President Andrew Jackson — and stop by the Johnny Cash Museum.
“It’s a nice variety of stops we have planned,” Alexandra Krug, LaMoille Schools band and choir director, said.
This is the third big trip Krug has planned for her students since she was hired 10 years ago. When she came to LaMoille, travel was something she wanted to provide to give students a chance to see and experience new places and things.
“It’s a big deal for us,” Krug said. “The kids look forward to it. I feel like my numbers are bigger, because I have this involvement in travel and bringing in guest artists. The band, right now, is a third of the school.”
Caleb Sarff, a LaMoille senior, has been on all three trips with the band.
“The exposure and experience is huge,” he said. “We can now say we went to Disney, we went to New York, and now we get to check off another place before we graduate from high school.”
Sarff said playing at the Country Music Hall of Fame will be a dream come true.
“My grandpa had been to Nashville many times. He passed away just this past year. So it’s going to be fun to see what he talked a lot about,” he said.
Freshman Dylan Lovgren is looking forward to playing at a new venue in front of a fresh audience.
“Here we all play for people we recognize, where in Nashville we will be playing on a big stage, in a gigantic auditorium and for people we don’t even know,” he said.
Oklahoma is the only other state sophomore Seth Browning has been to, so he’s just excited to get out of Illinois. He said he looks up to band, because Krug always brings an energy that makes students want to learn and be excited about it.
Karli Forbes, a senior, agreed and added although LaMoille has a small band, the expectations are always higher, because it’s difficult to get away with not knowing the music.
The students have worked fundraisers to raise money for the trip. And planning and fundraising didn’t come without the help of the community.
“Trips like this can’t happen without the support of the community and donating their time and monetary donations. It’s been great. There’s a lot of things we can offer our students that we otherwise couldn’t before,” Krug said.
Krug is especially thankful for the help of the Friends of Music, who helped sponsor the trip.
The band will have a sendoff concert to thank the community and sponsors who helped make this trip happen. The concert will be held Sunday, Feb. 18, at the school.