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31 May, 18

Journey Through Music Tour – Swan Song – Red Deer, Seattle, Penticton – May 17th -23.

For seven days, the KCS band embarked on a journey across Canada and into the U.S.A.  Starting our trip on May 17, all 103 students, 23 chaperones and Mrs. Oscar Swan said farewell to their families and friends and headed on the road to Red Deer.  After a quick four hour trip, we arrived and got checked into our hotel, changed into our band uniform.  We then headed to Red Deer College and got ready to perform at the Alberta Festival of Bands.  With a very strong presentation and only a few bumps in our performance, we were thrilled to receive the Superior Band Award; the highest rating given out at the festival.

The next day, we headed to Golden, B.C. We played a concert for Lady Grey elementary school.  The kids loved it, and of course Mrs. Oscar-Swan had to add a little excitement and had all the kids dancing to our last song “Uptown Funk”.  Afterwards, we loaded the buses and drove to Revelstoke.  Our hotel was in Three Valley Gap, where there is a Ghost Town Exhibit attached to the grounds.  We got to tour the ghost town as well as the beautiful court yard at the hotel and had a delicious supper.  Lots of us had fun swimming or playing cards that night.

The following day, we had a long drive to Seattle.  We made a quick stop in Abbottsford for lunch and some shopping.  We arrived in Seattle and had supper at our hotel.  We had time to relax and rest for the following day.  The following day we headed out on the town and walked to Pike Place Market.  We had free time to explore, see the famous flying fish, original Starbucks, the gum wall, and much more.  Then, the buses picked us up and we went to the Seattle Mariners game against the Detroit Tigers.  It was a bit of a slow game for the most part, but in the 11th inning the Mariners pulled off a win!  After the game, we had supper at Red Robin and then had some free time to explore around the pier.  Later, we went to the Space Needle and enjoyed the amazing view from the observing deck.

After a good night’s rest, we walked to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) to start off our last day in Seattle.  Before we went in we got to play on the playground which was music based, with lots of structures that could play music.  We then got to explore the museum, which featured many exciting exhibits and something for everyone.  There was a video game exhibit, Nirvana, Hendrix, a horror exhibit, a music room where you could record your own song and test out different instruments, a Marvel exhibit, and a huge screen that plays music videos all day.  After a delicious lunch, our next activity was the Duck Tour.  A duck tour is a ride in a vehicle around Seattle where you have fun listening to music while also learning about the history of the city.  The main feature of the tour is that the vehicle can turn into a boat, and you get to spend some time cruising around the lake.

After an exciting day, we had to head back to Canada.  We successfully got back across the border, and ended our long drive in Chilliwack.  The next day we drove to Penticton and got there in the afternoon, where we played a school concert.  We then had free time in Penticton to walk around, swim, and shop.  Later in the evening we all had a fun time swimming at the hotel pool together.  For our “last activity” we all got together and our lovely chaperones all shared their favorite moments from the trip.

The next day we began our long journey home.  It was broken up with a few stops. We had lunch in Golden, and stopped in Banff for a few hours for supper and shopping if you wanted.  After a long, tiring drive we arrived back in Kindersley at 11:30 am.

Our band trip was truly an incredible experience.  I’d like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make it possible.  Mrs. Oscar-Swan and the Trip Planning committee, all the chaperones, Sun West School Division, all the parents who helped fundraise, and all the students for making it a great trip.

Kathryn Sawatsky


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