Band and Orchestra jazzed for Disney Trip


On Monday, November 19, both the Chagrin Falls High School Band and Orchestra arrived at Disney World for a time of fun as well as working on their musical skills.
Every two years, the CFHS Band and Orchestra travel for opportunities such as workshops along with having new experiences like visiting Disney or visiting Chicago.
“The directors were most excited to have the instrumental students perform for such a large audience. The band performance was live-streamed on Thanksgiving day at 10:30 a.m.,” CFHS band director Ms. Shoenfelt said.
During the Disney trip, students were able to participate in the Thanksgiving parade, performing in front of hundreds of people.
The directors were jazzed for the new opportunity of performing in front of the public at Disney along with the future workshops they will attend.
“We had a workshop on November 7 right here at school. Dr. Houser from the University of Illinois worked with the band. We will also have a three-hour rehearsal while in Florida with the other 500 high school band members. The orchestra will have a workshop on Disney property,” Ms.Shoenfelt said.
The music program values the learning and practice that comes with performing as well a having some regular Disney fun.
Along with this, Ms. Shoenfelt assured that there would be many trips to come in the future.
“The entire music department, including choir, will travel in two years. The place is to be announced,” she said.
Ms. Shoenfelt revealed that the Band, Choir, and Orchestra will be traveling together, which will overall create a stronger bond and more musical experience for students.
Additionally, senior Mary Baldwin said she happy about hanging out with her friends on the trip.
“We’ve all known each other since kindergarten and now we’ve gone on an amazing trip together,” she said.
Both band and orchestra have a powerful bond that is strengthened even more through these trips.
Baldwin felt strongly over the way her bandmates and fellow orchestra students treat each other.
“We seriously do have such a family environment and I don’t think anything can change that. However, I think that without these trips, we wouldn’t quite have the opportunity to be as close as we all are,” she said.
Junior orchestra student Emma Atkins felt similar to Baldwin in how the friendship between the band and orchestra students is necessary to make these trips possible.
“There are people that I have become such good friends with because of the experience that the program has provided me,” she said.
In sum, students believe that without the Disney trip or any other future trips to places such as Chicago or New York, band and orchestra would not be complete without this bonding experience.
The CFHS music department will continue to have amazing opportunities such as these trips and are incredibly grateful for parents and their support.
“I would like to thank the Board of Education and the administration for realizing the benefits and supporting travel, the parents for the financial support–remember those flamingos?–and the parents for getting the uniforms ready. I know our students will represent Chagrin very well,” Ms. Shoenfelt said.