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LHS band visits Chicago, performs

May 3, 2019

The Ludington High School band took a trip to Chicago last weekend to hone their skills, take in the sights and sounds of the Windy City and perform at the Field Museum of Natural History.

LHS Band Director Keith Kuczynski said there were 85 students on the trip and 15 chaperones, making for a total of 104 attendees.

The students departed Friday evening, and on Saturday afternoon, they went to New Trier High School, where they participated in a music clinic.

“(New Trier is) one of the best in the nation in performing arts,” Kuczynski said, noting the value of the workshop.

The students also toured various Chicago hot spots, including Millennium Park, the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Lincoln Park Zoo. They also attended a performance by the Blue Man Group.

At the Field Museum of Natural History, the band performed “The Grace in Being” by Julie Giroux, “The Trombone King” by Karl King, “Aquia Hills” by Carl Fagan, “Choreography” by Robert Sheldon and “Children of a Different Sun” by Roland Barrett in a free public concert.

“It was a great crowd, there were a lot of people and the acoustics there were just incredible,” Kuczynski said. “That was a really cool experience.”

Students and attending parents and chaperones said the trip was exciting, informative and fun.

“The Chicago trip was so much fun being with all the people I care about,” said LHS senior Rylee Cregg. “I enjoyed being part of something bigger than myself.”

Read the full story in Friday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition.