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Nashville Music Trip 2018


April 19, 2018

Taylor Swift Education Center: Anna Friedrichsen and Sydney Struve are excited to see the Taylor Swift Education Center.


Sixty band and choir students and chaperones departed for to Nashville, Tennessee on March 20. The chaperones for the trip were Heidi Farquhar, Heather Struve, Holly Wagner, Jenny Johnson, Jon Sells, and Denny and Lori Heemstra. They drove throughout the night until 8:00 in the morning where they arrived in Clarksville, Nashville, to freshen up.


The travelers hit the Golden Corral to get a bite to eat for breakfast. The Belle Meade Plantation tour was next. Everyone took a tour of the big Mansion. The Concert Band performed outside the Mansion on a windy day. They performed Hosts of Freedom, Hymn Song, and John Williams. Then the Concert Choir joined them and sang When you Believe. Their lunch for the day was at the Nashville Farmers Market. Next the students loaded up the bus to take a tour of the Ryman Auditorium. Students enjoyed seeing the original wooden seats around the auditorium. The choir also performed a couple songs at the Ryman. Everyone gathered for supper at the Hermitage House Smorgasbord.


The students arrived at Vanderbilt University about 9:30 where the band kids participated in a clinic with Dr. Dwayne Sagen. While the band students were at the clinic, the choir students took a self-guided tour. At 11:00 the choir took part in a clinic with Dr. Tucker Biddlecombe. After the choir clinic, there was a jazz choir clinic with Jeff Coffin at the University. Everyone then went back to the hotel to freshen up for game time and supper at Dave and Busters.


Grand Ole Opry Performance:The students enjoyed a performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

The choir students first got dropped off the Country Music Hall of Fame. While the choir students were visiting the Hall of Fame, the band kids were doing a Recording Session in RCA Studio B. Many famous singers have recorded records in Studio B, including Elvis. Later in the day, the Choir students went to Studio B. Students enjoyed their own lunch in downtown Nashville. There was a songwriting clinic for everyone involved in the music trip. Next there was free time at the Bicentennial Mall. The students then had more opportunities to walk downtown to listen to the live music playing throughout the streets. Everyone enjoyed supper at the Hard Rock Cafe.


Saturday was the last day in Nashville. The students checked out of their hotel that morning. The Opryland Hotel and Resort was the first stop. It is one of the biggest hotels in the U.S. They visited the Nashville's Own Parthenon. Students and chaperones then shopped at the Opry Mills Mall. The Concert Choir then performed in front of the Grand Ole Opry. Everyone gathered at the Opry Backstage Grill to eat supper then watched performances at the Grand Ole Opry. After the performance, the students jumped on the bus and back to Iowa they went!


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