Shelburne students participate in the performance and trip

SHELBURNE Having just arrived back in Shelburne last Friday night around midnight, 74 members of the Shelburne Community Schools Wind Ensemble had just returned from what was truly the performance of a lifetime. That was the sentiment expressed by Jim Talley, father of one of the wind ensemble students, and also a chaperone on the trip. The group of students, chaperones, and proud music director, David Myers, left the community school at roughly 3:30 a.m. on Monday morning, March 26 for Orlando, Fla. to participate in the Walt Disney World Magic Music Days. In between the early morning departure and late return home on Friday night, the students performed two concerts at Disney World, one at the Magic Kingdom, and one at the Disney Marketplace. In between traveling and the concerts, there was still time for fun, and included time at the EPCOT center, an afternoon in Magic Kingdom, and a few hours at the MGM studios. Shelburne students were also able to participate in an animation workshop at the studios where they were able to see the process of Disney animation. This was one of the many highlights students experienced during the week, said Talley. The week-long trip was the result of an audition by the SCS wind ensemble last year, said director David Myers, and the second time the ensemble has sought out and been accepted to participate in the experience. The idea to audition for Disneys Magic Music Days came about as a result of a professional development conference Myers attended in Chicago, and he said because the quality of the program had risen dramatically in the past six to eight years, he was looking for something unique and special to introduce the group to an audience outside the local level. Because this particular performance opportunity included an audition component, as well as many fun opportunities for the students, Myers said he was sold. Half of the cost of the trip was fund raised, and the families of students were required to pay the other half. Because of the work and effort required for the trip, Myers said they couldnt do it every year, but is hopeful that they will be able to continue to go once every three years, and that in 2009 there is another band of musicians able to audition. Shelburnes musical talents have not gone unnoticed. The wind ensemble here has always been an outstanding group, said Myers. The last group was singled out by their performance by a Disney official. This years group was noted as the best of the season so far, and had their talents compared with high school groups from around the country, said Myers. He also noted that their performance was not the only thing in top form last week: They carried themselves with maturity and professionalism. He described the groups performance and behavior as remarkable. Ive worked with a lot of kids over the years--this group is really special. While away on their trip, the SCS wind ensemble group was named by the state legislature ambassadors of Vermont, and Myers said they lived up to the title, representing the best of what Vermont has to offer. Talley offered, The school has titled the whole experience as a performance of a lifetime--and it truly was.

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