On May 29, Killdeer music teacher, Abby Oase, took 26 students and 11 adult chaperones on a 36 hour journey to New Orleans, Louisana (NOLA) for an amazing musical tour.
By Nicole Nowitzki
This 4000 mile adventure allowed them to see and do some unbelievable things. They were able to take a campus tour for band and choir students at Loyola University, see Master Classes, take a Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour, see the Washington Artillary Park and band performance, explore the French Quarter, eat at Voodoo BBQ and Grill, go on a Ghost Tour in the French Quarter, see the National WWII Museum, watch band and choir performances, catch a 4D movie called, “Beyond All Boundries”, go to Gulfport Beach in Biloxi, Mississippi, stop by the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and see a 3D movie called, “Tiny Giants”, go to the Outlook Collection at the Riverwalk (shopping), have a pizza and outdoor party at the hotel, and visit Mardi Gras World.
Awnah FoxAltringer, a student from Killdeer, said, “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m glad I took the chance and came on this trip. I will never forget it. Thank you!” Joyce Ryan, a chaperone, stated, “My favorite part of the trip was seeing the kids experience things they have never experienced before.” Abby Oase fondly detailed, “I am so grateful that the students were able to experience this trip. We could not have done it without the support and help of our community. Six students were able to go on this trip because of the financial support this community showed this year.
Fundraisers included M&M tubes, personal donations and business & church donations, super bingo, cookie dough and wreath sales, coupons at the grocery store, March’s Music In Our Schools Month donation boxes around town at local businesses, and students who were not going on the trip fundraising for students who were. I sincerely appreciate all of the parent chaperones that traveled with us; I could not have done this without them, and I love the gift that the students gave me at the end of the trip. It is a sign that says NOLA and on the back they all signed it. This truly was a trip to remember.
The music, the food, the history, the culture, and so much more was an amazing experience for the students and myself. Thank you to our administration for allowing us to take trips like this. They are wonderful learning experience for our students. The band and choir students that went learned so much in the master classes and improved so much throughout all of their performances. The students and I are already looking forward to the 2019 trip to…San Francisco!”
Many students are going to be so excited for this announcement, and I’m sure they will be looking forward to the next trip in two years.