by Kerry Heisler
The École H.J. Cody High School Band and Choir performed in Disneyland. We travelled 85 strong with students and chaperones for a six day tour leaving May 15 and returning May 20.
In the course of six days there were several firsts for many of the students. For some it was the first time out of Canada, first plane ride, first rollercoaster, first recording, first musical attended, first visit to Disneyland. The most prominent first was travelling without family.
Everyone participated in two workshops in addition to the playing commitment. Students had to be in certain places at certain times. Everyone fulfilled their 212° commitment.
Musically, students grew to a new place of understanding how music is affected by emotions and how it brings out emotions in others.
As band members, students learned to breathe together and listen to one another. Students were challenged to become leaders and be present in every moment, every situation.
Always make the first time count. “If you don’t get it right the first time, when will you have time to do it again?”
A poignant comment was, “Musically, I learned that music sets the tone for everything.”
“I learned that if you doubt yourself, it will spread the doubt when playing.”
“I can do anything if I try hard enough.”
“Fix your mistakes quickly.”
“You are only as good as your relationship with the other instruments.”
“Putting yourself out there really does brighten things up.”
Students shared what they learned personally about perseverance, living in the moment, tolerance, patience, enjoy every moment, self-control, stepping out of the comfort zone.
Classmates learned to depend on one another and love life to the fullest. The art of give and take is valued and it is okay to make mistakes. Teamwork is at the top of the list for many students.
A very personal comment was, “I learned I could push through my fears and try new things.”
“No matter what, we are all in this together and are there for each other.”
“I learned how music makes everything beautiful.”
We often paint kids with the wrong brush. We witnessed students grow in ways that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Your kids represented your family, their school and our town with the best of themselves in every way. We can all be proud and thankful to have them in our lives.