Led by Superintendent Gary Woods and music teacher and conductor Rob Folsom, 96 orchestra students and parents spent Spring Break on a performance tour of Washington, D.C. The 6-day, 5-night field trip combined music and education and included stops at almost all the major institutions, museums and landmarks in our nation's capital.
Our students met and collaborated with the students of the Langston Hughes Middle School Orchestras, from Reston, Virginia, and the World Children's Choir, from Annandale, Va. Together they gave an enthusiastically received benefit concert, With One Dream... Rebuilding Hope in Haiti, to raise funds for UNICEF's relief efforts in Haiti on April 8, 2010, at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria, Va.
The tour was organized by Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, the agency that ran the orchestra's successful trip to New York last year.
A detailed account of the trip can be found on our News page. An abbreviated version was published in The San Marino Tribune on April 15.
A big thank you to all the chaperones and parents who helped make this a safe trip for our kids!