The New Albany High School Symphonic Orchestra (combined band and orchestra) contributed to Memorial Day remembrances during a recent trip to Washington, D.C.
The group left early on Friday, May 25 and traveled to the nation’s capital for a series of holiday performances including: the Lincoln Memorial and the Women in Military Service at Arlington National Cemetery. While in Washington, the students cruised on the Potomac, toured Arlington National Cemetery, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, watched the Changing of the Guard, toured several memorials including the new MLK Jr. Memorial, and the World War II memorial. They also visited the Capital Building, the Library of Congress, and several Smithsonian museums.
The Symphonic Orchestra members were thrilled to participate in a music clinic with a world-renowned conductor, Anthony Maiello. Dr. Maiello is Associate Director for Development, Professor of Music and University Professor at George Washington University. They attended a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert, featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Six chaperones accompanied the students on the whirlwind trip, including Julie Ellis, Orchestra Director, and Band Director Darren Falk.