Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Kimball Area High School Band embarked on a concert tour to Chicago from March 20-23, and found the tour to be educational, fun, and personally rewarding. The band performed three times in the first two days. First, at Annandale, Minn. (an exchange concert with each band performing for the other), then a clinic session with the Director of Bands at DePaul University and, finally, at a retirement home in Chicago for a wonderfully appreciative audience. Without seeing most of the "sights" yet, the tour was already a success in a musical sense. However, the tour was not simply a performance tour, but an educational adventure into the "big city." In addition to the performances, the band toured the "Miracle Mile," the Field Museum of Natural History, China Town, the Sears Tower, Navy Pier, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Museum of Science and Industry, and partook in a jousting tournament at the Medieval Times Dinner Theatre and an "intellectual competition" at Comedy Sports. For a break in the return trip, the group also made a stop at the Kalahari Water Park (at Wisconsin Dells) to cool off from the "hot" trip! Even the fake "dreads" weren't too hip for this trip. The Band students not only had a great experience in seeing the city of Chicago and it's "sights," three excellent performances en route, and the fun of traveling with friends, but they conducted themselves as positive ambassadors of the greater Kimball community. The students got "rave reviews" from tour guides, bus drivers, and hotel/event staff (not to mention their proud band director) over their maturity and conduct throughout the trip. This outstanding behavior was greatly aided by the wonderful work of our chaperons: Steve, Debbie, Sue, Deb, Lori and Pam, to whom our gratitude is extended and can never be repaid. They, maybe, had more fun than the students, but we'll never tell! The KAHS Band is truly a group that the community, as a whole, can be proud of, as a performance group, and as a representation of our entire community. Keith Haake, KAHS Band Dir.