FAHS Music Returns from South Carolina

Posted on May 7, 2013 by

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Every year, the Fleetwood Area Music Department invites students to attend a trip to compete in a music competition.

This year students who attended the trip had the chance to visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The trip to Myrtle Beach cost $510.00, which may seem like a lot, but participants could fundraise enough money to pay for the entire trip if they tried hard enough.

There are several fundraisers that FAMA ( Fleetwood Area Music Association) hands out in order for students to pay for the trip. There are also different payment times to pay for the trip so students don’t have to pay all the money at once.

This year, the music department had three Bieber buses filled with students, chaperones, and instructors visiting Myrtle Beach.

As usual, chaperones held a luggage check the night before departure. This is a yearly routine to make sure students have all the necessities and clothes for the trip, including their uniform for performing.

On 11 April 2013, students attending the trip arrived at the school at 5:30 a.m., loaded busses, and left the school by 6:00 a.m.

The caravan took several stops throughout the day for bathroom and lunch breaks. Then, they finally made it to Myrtle Beach around 7:00 p.m.  For dinner, students had pizza, chips, cookies and other baked goods.

The next morning was competition day. Though many students were tired, they traveled to two different high schools, Myrtle Beach High School and the St. James High School. Fleetwood competed in many different categories.

It was a very long day of hard work and performing by students and teachers. They finished all performances around 5:30 p.m. and returned to the hotel until it was time to go to dinner.

While waiting to leave, students had the chance to go on the beach and have some free time.

That night around 8:00, everyone loaded the buses and headed to dinner at The Giant Crab. It was a seafood buffet with over one hundred and fifty options for food.

Saturday, 13 April, at 7:00 a.m., was wake up.  At around 8:00 a.m., students loaded the buses yet again to go and perform in the Marching Band Parade.

The FAHS marching unit and band front members participated in the parade from 16th avenue to 9th avenue.

After the parade, they returned to the hotel and had breakfast and about four hours of free time. Many students headed out to the beach and the pools. Some spent the time to catch up on sleep due to the early wake up times.

All three buses went to the award ceremony around 2:00 p.m. The award ceremony was held at The Palace Theatre.

After the award ceremony, students, chaperones, and teachers went to Broadway on the Beach. Lots of shopping was done by students, and a popular purchase by many were new pairs of Toms.

The musicians concluded the night back at The Palace Theatre for a Masters of Illusion show. Shocked and amazed with all of the events that day and night, they returned to the hotel for a well-deserved sleep.

On 4 April, 2013, students and chaperones woke up around 6:45 a.m.  There was a student-led devotional around 8:00 a.m. for anyone who wished to participate.

For the last time, students boarded the buses around 9:00 a.m. and hit the road to come home to Pennsylvania.  Though it was a bumpy way home, with many stops and accidental issues, all students made it back home, even if it was at 3:00 a.m.

Many said it was a crazy trip, but that was what made it great .

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