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The Student Voice of St. George's School

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Senior Band Washington Tour

3 days of travelling, playing, and sleeping
Alex Yang
The Senior band participating in a workshop held by Dr. Morris at the University of Puget Sound

After months of dedicated rehearsals and meticulous practice, the senior band boys were primed for their much-anticipated tour to Washington, culminating in a performance at the Central Washington University (CWU) Wind Festival on March 1st.

The adventure commenced on a crisp Thursday morning at 6:00 am, as the students meticulously loaded their instruments and luggage onto one of the two waiting tour buses. Despite the early start, spirits were high. By 11:30 am, the Senior Band had arrived at the University of Puget Sound, ready for a workshop with the renowned Dr. Morris. His guidance was invaluable, emphasizing the importance of balance and clarity in our performance. Although we were adept in rhythm and note accuracy, Dr. Morris pointed out that our ensemble’s size sometimes overwhelmed certain musical sections, a critical insight we took to heart.

By 2:30 pm, we were en route to our next stop: Ellensburg, Washington, where we were scheduled to perform at CWU the following morning. Arriving at our hotel by 5:00 pm, the evening was spent in leisure—dining, unwinding, and mentally preparing for the performance that lay ahead.

Ellensburg, dusted in light snow, offered a tranquil backdrop as we readied ourselves for the festival.  (Alex Yang)

Come Friday, March 1st, the Senior Band was poised for their showcase at the CWU Windfest. The morning was an enriching experience, filled with performances by other bands and explorations around the university’s campus. At 3:00 pm, it was our turn. The Senior Band took the stage, delivering renditions of “Clutch,” “Starlight,” and “Jupiter” to an appreciative audience, earning commendable feedback from the adjudicators.

The Senior Band boys after a successful performance at CWU Windfest (Eddy Qin)

That evening, the boys were treated to an extraordinary display of musical prowess as they attended performances by the talented Central Washington University (CWU) jazz bands and wind ensemble.

CWU jazz band

As dawn broke the next morning, the group was filled with reflections on the memorable performances and experiences. Following a communal breakfast, we boarded the buses, hearts and minds full from the trip’s successes. Yet, the journey wasn’t over. A detour to Seattle allowed for exploration of its iconic landmarks, including the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, before we finally set our course back home.

This tour was not just a series of performances; it was a journey of growth, learning, and unforgettable memories for the senior band boys, a testament to their hard work and dedication.

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Alex Yang
Alex Yang, Staff Writer
Currently a Senior at St. George's School, Alex is ecstatic to be a part of the Echo this year! From dazzling the chords on the electric guitar to learning quirky pop songs on the piano, Alex is passionate about music and the arts. At Saints, Alex is an active member of the community. He was a part of the Discovery 10 cohort, as well as a member of the Sustainability Council, Saints Sprouts, and Concert Band, performing in the Pit Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. In his spare time, Alex can be found picking up and putting down heavy circles, listening to Frank Ocean, discovering new R&B Music, and hiking in the backcountry. Through Journalism this year, Alex hopes to expand his impact on his community.

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