FAHS Music Takes on Myrtle Beach

Posted on March 5, 2013 by

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Each year, the music association plans a trip for students in band, band front, chorus, and Orchestra.

Not only is this a trip to showcase Fleetwood’s musical talent, but it also is a reward for the kids who work hard.

Fleetwood’s music is notorious for having a superior program and great talent.

If it weren’t for the teachers who in elementary school through high school, the ensembles would not be nearly as good as they are.

“Band, chorus, and orchestra have really been a part of my life since I was in third grade. It’s a great way to express myself, and I don’t know what I would do without them,” senior Aaron Nelson said.

During the trip, students have approximately four days to relax and have a good time with friends.

Fleetwood Area Music Association (FAMA) rents out a portion of a hotel, where students and staff of the music program reside. There are four people to a room, and it can only be boys with boys and girls with girls.

“I look forward to chilling in the room with my friends because we can do whatever we want. I know I’ll always get some laughs in and just have a great time,” junior Wes Hawkins said.

Usually, FAMA plans out an itinerary that is followed rigidly.  Two days are dedicated to actually competing against other schools.  The next day is spent in the hotel, where people can swim, work out, hang out in the room, or walk on the beach.

Finally, the remaining day is spent doing another awesome activity. Last year, the group had a breakfast in a ferry on the Three Rivers in Pittsburg.

“FAMA really picks great activities for the students to do. I know I will never get bored and will always have fun,” sophomore Matt Masenheimer said.

Of course, the band trip is not free.

Students often complain they cannot afford the trip, but everyone has the opportunity to fundraise in order to cover most, if not all, of the expenses.

The school knows not everyone can afford the trip, which is why they offer these fundraising opportunities. If someone did not fundraise, the price could be anywhere from $500 to $850, depending on the chosen location of the trip.

This year, the band trip will be to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The weather should be warm, so the students can go to the beach.

Fleetwood’s music program will have a plethora of activities for the students to do and should prove to be a fun time for everyone.

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