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Falcons’ Florida Tour

May 04, 2015 01:39PM ● Published by Jennifer Neys

Group photo: Taken at Universal City Walk

Gallery: CP Orchestra Students travel to Florida [1 Image] Click any image to expand.

 By Diana Fetterman, CP Parent and Chaperone

On April 8, 70 members of the College Park string orchestra and symphonic orchestra, along with their fearless teacher, Mr. Jorge Jimenez, took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Orlando, Florida! While the students had many of the expected fun times at Universal Studios, Epcot Center, Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom, they also participated in many learning and performing opportunities during the weeklong trip.

One day was spent visiting Kennedy Space Center to learn about the history of our space program. Afterwards, the group visited West Shore High School for a potluck dinner and exchange concert. “I really liked the exchange concert because it was great to hear kids from across the country play. The music brought us together,” said sophomore Kate Brown.

 After a half-day of fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the students participated in a closed-door recording session at the Disney Studios. They learned what it would be like to be a professional musician with only a short rehearsal before performing/recording their music. They got to hear their final efforts played back as the soundtrack to a movie clip.

Another highlight of the trip was when the students traveled to the University of Central Florida, where they worked with Arthur Pranno, the director of orchestras. He was really engaging with the students, working with them on a current piece and sharing tips and anecdotes to make their performance even better. “He made me want to go and practice the piece more. He also made me think about continuing to study music in college,” said sophomore Bianca Gaiton-Ochoa.

Amidst sweltering heat and humidity, the students persevered and performed at the outdoor stages in downtown Disney and the Universal City Walk in full formal attire. The students were amazing representatives of College Park and Pleasant Hill. Thank you to all the family, friends, and community members who donated funds to making this trip happen! The students will likely never forget this trip.



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