continued The performance at Disney will require a lot of rehearsals — and money. The Moriah choir must raise about $28,000 to cover the costs of the trip.
Reeder and Walls are friends.
“April was so excited the day she found out that the girls had made it through the audition, I wasn’t allowed to move before she had told me the whole story,” Walls said. “She was glowing and extremely proud of what her kids had accomplished.”
Walls promised Reeder she would help in any way possible.
“We were at a conference a couple weeks before school started and we were talking about the fundraisers and what the kids were doing currently to raise money,” Walls recalled. “I told her then that if there was a Snow Bones concert that winter, I wasn’t even sure if we had a group at that point, that we would do it as a benefit concert for the chorus.”
Walls contacted trombone-playing friends, asking if they would be willing to do a benefit concert.
“I was surprised at how many people were interested and I knew then that we had a group,” Walls said. “I also decided, since this might be the last tour I organize, that I would go all out and invite trombonists from other schools. I sent over 10 emails to universities and community colleges all over the north east and I received more emails with interested students. Unfortunately, school isn’t ending until Dec. 23 at a few of the schools, so we lost a couple there. But for having a tour so close to Christmas, I think we had a good turn out.”
As long as the music students are together, Walls explained, they’ll do more than the Ti performance.
“The tour will be lasting for six days,” she said. “Two days of rehearsal at the College of Saint Rose and the other four days we will be playing and giving master classes at over 10 schools in the Albany and Upstate New York areas, as well as giving two night concerts. One in Ticonderoga on the 21st and the other in Albany at Saint Peter’s Church, 7 p.m. on Dec. 20. It'll be six exhausting, but highly-rewarding days and the group is really looking forward to the experience.”
The ensemble will visit Ticonderoga High School, St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga, Willsboro Central School and Westport Central School as part of its tour.
The Ticonderoga concert will feature the Tommy Pederson Christmas Quintets, the Jacob’s Octet, the Hartley Canzona, the Adventures of the Escapist and more.
The concert in Ticonderoga will also include a special grand finale which will feature students from local schools as well as members of the community along with the trombone ensemble.
“It’ll be an exciting night and we hope that you will come out and join us,” Walls said.