We took a Field Trip last week to see the state Symphony perform. It's an annual event that is part of the music curriculum for our grade. This year, our Advanced Orchestra performed for the Symphony.
Can I just say, "Wow!"
As a magnet school located in, well, the armpit of the city, there are a lot of naysayers who wonder why anyone would send their children to our school. I'm not going to lie, our "base" crowd is a tough lot.
THIS is why.
You can't get programs like this at a non-magnet school. There is no band. There is no orchestra. There is no chorus. There is no drama... not at the elementary level. In these groups, our "base" kids are just as well-represented as the magnet kids.
Our Advanced Orchestra...they really are THAT good. They took my breath away. Even the members of the symphony were impressed. ~I think maybe if they'd realized, they would have had the poor kids that performed on their recorders go first. THAT was awkward!
I was so proud to stand up and say I teach there! ~And the fact that it was one of the non-magnet schools from the "right" side of the tracks that got asked to have their children stay off the balcony rail...REPEATEDLY. Yeah, that helped too! *grins*