Members of the Hamilton High Orchestra toured Nashville over Spring Break. The group was very well received as they performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. They also received great compliments from Dr. Carol Nies of Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music after participating in a rehearsal workshop with her.
There were many entertainment and sight-seeing opportunities as well.
Hannah Breedlove said she really enjoyed the tour of RCA Studio B where many stars recorded some of their biggest hits. Some students and staff even had the opportunity to play on Elvis’ piano.
Megan Burtis thought the Parthenon was especially interesting with it’s collection of amazing art and architecture.
Nicole Black said she really enjoyed the bonding time with her fellow musicians while on the riverboat cruise.
Mason Johnson, whose father actually appears on recordings by Patsy Cline and Emmy Lou Harris, particularly enjoyed the Country Music Hall of Fame.
While at the Grand Ole Opry, the students were treated to performances by Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Connie Smith and Striking Matches to name a few. Koda Kenney admits that while she is not at all a fan of country music, she developed an appreciation for the talent, skills, and work ethic of the performers she heard.
Most of the students feel that the experiences they had on this trip will make them better musicians in the future.
A big thank you goes to HHS Orchestra Director Mr. Donzel Burkhart and string staff members Miss Sarah Blumberg, Mrs. Pamela Carrol, and Mr. Matthew Kirkendall for making this experience possible for our students.