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HARMONY: Music students take Va. trip

by NICOLE ELLI, Gazette Student News Reporter on May 03, 2013 11:00 AM

WESTOVER — Last weekend, the Harmony Area High School music students traveled to Virginia to reward their hard work, dedication and success throughout the school year. The students held many fundraisers to help pay for the cost of their trip.

The trip started at 12:30 a.m. Friday. They loaded the bus and slept as much as they could during the seven-hour drive.

The students arrived at an IHOP in Norfolk and ate a yummy breakfast to help them start the day.

They began with a tour of Nauticus, a science and technology center filled with exhibits about the sea.

Some members of the group got to pet the sharks, while others piled into a hurricane simulator. Next was a visit to the battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest ships ever built by the U.S. Navy. There they got to see uniforms, artifacts and the admiral’s living quarters inside the ship.

That night, the group went to the Scopes Arena to see the Virginia International Tattoo, a ceremony performed by military bands. They got to see hundreds of performers sing, dance and perform with bagpipes, drums and other marching band instruments in a patriotic salute to the homecoming of our soldiers.

In addition to the United States’ military bands, there were bands from Norway, France, Canada and Australia, among other countries.

The next day, the music students spent the day at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. The students had a great day riding rides and shopping in the 383-acre park.

Everyone had a great time and enjoyed this fun-filled break.

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