CPHS Band Returns From Alberta with Great Memories

April 28, 2015 No Comments

Thirty musicians and four chaperons Carleton Place High School Gold Band participated in an SEVEC Exchanges Canada trip to Valleyview Alberta with members of the Hillside Junior/Senior High School Senior Band.  This small Northern Alberta community is located four hours drive Northwest of Edmonton Alberta.

 

Students participated in an Pow Wow at Sturgeon Lake School  with special guest drummers appearing from all over the region, culminating in a sacred giving away ceremony where everyone present recieved a bounty of gifts and goodwill. Earlier in the day, students also created medicine pouches, learned fundamental Cree symbols, enjoyed cooking bannock over a fire, and stood side by side with students from Sturgeon Lake School participating in traditional games from their region.

 

Students served as excellent ambassadors for CPHS when they performed in the Northern Region Northern Gateway Public Schools Arts Fest for their School Board where students listened to young choirs, bands, and a handbell ensemble before performing both as the CPHS Gold Band and as the Combined Bands with Hillside High School.

 

Other activities during our busy week included bowling, attending classes of other students and what some of our band say was the highlight of their trip, visiting Jasper Alberta to ride the Gondola and do some shopping.  Sunday marked the end of our busy schedule with students enjoying a generous pot luck supper before performing for parents and the community.

 

This tour served to bridge the gap of georaphy with friendship and music.  Our students appreciated the opportunity to experience new cultures and make new friends.  Special thanks go to Laura Bains, Robert Graham and Sheri Hall for accompanying our students on their trip.

 

Cynthia Yuschyshyn

 

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