Crestview High band trip to Washington, New York combines performances and solemnity

Band in DC and NY

Clockwise from top left, Crestview High School band members Chancer Teel and Foster Lux receive a salute from an honor guard after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. Band members Hayley Marshall, Moriah Brannon and Savannah Barefield smile before March 23 services at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Big Red Machine Wind Ensemble receives accolades from the audience following its performance at Carnegie Hall.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 at 05:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Allison Luna says the Crestview High School band's spring break trip to Washington D.C. and New York made one of her dreams come true.

"The most memorable part of it for me was the warm-up before playing in Carnegie Hall," the percussionist said. "I'm a senior and it's always been a dream to even just go to Carnegie Hall since the sixth grade. I never expected I would get to perform there."

Last week, the Big Red Machine's Wind Ensemble performed works by Bryant, Wagner/Cailliet, Rimsky-Korsakov, Grainger, Boysen and Fillmore during the National Youth Concert at New York's famed Carnegie Hall.

Initially, it was a bit overwhelming, Allison said.

"We got on stage and we were hectic with getting everything set up right and Mr. (Jody) Dunn (band director) just said, 'Hold on, be still and look around at where you are at right now,'" she said. "And I looked up at how enormous and beautiful the auditorium was and I couldn't stop smiling.

"It took my breath away completely. The experience went by way too fast."

The band, pausing in the nation's capital for a couple of days during their trip, explored landmarks, worshiped at the National Cathedral, and contributed to a solemn ceremony.



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