Music Department Performs in Washington D.C.

This past weekend many members of the music department were given the opportunity to participate in a Harriton High School Music trip. The memorable trip took place from March 6th to March 10th and took students from Washington D.C., to College Park Maryland, to a quick stop in the Baltimore Harbor area. On the trip were members of Harriton’s Jazz band, Chorale, Pitch Please, Quartet, and Vocal Jazz. Each group was able to bring its unique talents to a variety of new audiences as well as visit and discover fun sights around the Washington D.C area. Mr. Joseph and Mr. Bizich organized and chaperoned this fun event.

The first performance stop was Ring Factory Elementary School in Bel Air, Maryland, followed by St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Bethesda, Maryland. Members of each group were excited to bring their talents to a new, out-of-state audience. Senior Percussionist Errol Koenig said, “My favorite performance was at the elementary school because I could see the excitement on the little kid’s faces.”

The students on the trip also were able to experience a variety of sites at the locations they traveled to. The trip stopped at fun museums such as Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the Newseum in Washington D.C. They also visited The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and were given a tour of the important location. Some students said that their favorite activity was the guided tour of illuminated monuments such as the White House and the Lincoln Memorial seen around Washington D.C. after dark.

Each student was also given a ticket to see a performance of Spring Awakening at the Clarice Smith Center in College Park, Maryland. Spring Awakening is a rock musical on teenagers discovering their sexuality in oppressive late-ninetieth century Germany. Although there were many mixed reviews from students, and a few complaints about sound quality, the students on the trip enjoyed seeing a college production of the well-known show.

On the final day of the trip, students were taken to, and able to explore, the Baltimore Harbor leading up to their visit of the Baltimore National Aquarium, which is arguably one of the most impressive aquariums in the United States.

Overall, each kids was able to enjoy their trip as well as preform for a new and excited audience. Sophie Siegel, a senior and leader of Pitch Perfect, said, “this trip was so much fun and I am so glad that I went!” Seniors were glad to have gained these fun memories and juniors and underclassmen are looking forward to great music department trips in the future.