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NCU BAND PLANS RETURN TRIP TO DISNEY

January 16, 2013

North Country Band Director Bill Prue, center, with students Rebecca Young and Zack Tweed. Photo: Ed Barber

NEWPORT - Band director Bill Prue and students Zack Tweed and Rebecca Young provided the North Country Union High School Board last Tuesday with a review of last spring's trip to Disney World in Florida. The field trip wasn't only about having fun, said Prue. “The trip addressed standards of music, it's relationship with other mediums, and proper etiquette.”
“Many of the 57 students haven't traveled outside the Northeast Kingdom, much less flown on an airplane,” Prue observed. “That in itself was quite an experience.”
The band held a performance at Disney World in a setting next to a lake, which Prue described as “fantastic.” Prior to the show, the students were given pointers on etiquette such as not wearing white socks with black tuxedos. “They reinforced some of things I've been telling them,” said Prue.
The band also participated in a clinic in which they had to sight read music – playing a score for the first time without practice. The students were able to enhance and modify the music until they had composed their own score. The music was recorded on a sound track and loaded into a video player, which used images moving in unison with the music, and then burned onto a DVD.

For more on this story and for photos and a report on the band's trip to Disney World, see pages 1 and 14 of the Newport Daily Express for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

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