Lake Shore High School Music Department returns home as Champions
On April 3, 2019, the Lake Shore Music Department traveled to Orlando Florida to participate in OrlandoFest!, a national music festival to compete against other school music programs from across the country. The music tour took place from April 3rd through April 8th and included Band, Chorus, and for the first time, Orchestra.
En route to Orlando, the Music Department stopped to take a tour of the University of Florida, and even had a chance to sit in on collegiate rehearsals!
During their stay in Orlando, students were able to participate in two educational workshops focusing on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) that were based off of two of the attractions at Universal Studios. Students had an opportunity to learn about the attractions: Transformers and Skull Island the Reign of Kong, and learn how the ride operates using coordinate systems, plot vectors, and the six degrees of freedom. Students also were able to attend a Blue Man Group Concert and a dinner theatre – ‘Al Capone’s’
Music Department students also had the opportunity to participate in Universal Orlando Youth STARS Performance Program ‘Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley” workshop, where students recorded music for “Despicable Me” and “The Lorax”, and had an opportunity to put their music to the movies. Several students were selected to do voice over work, and sound effects for the characters in the movie. The final product was a DVD recording with our student’s voices and music with scenes from the original motion pictures.
All three ensembles, Symphonic Band, Mixed Chorus, and Symphonic Orchestra competed on Saturday April 6th, and all three ensembles placed first in each of their divisions. The band also won Overall Grand Champion – with the highest score, and senior-trumpet player Gary Colson, won Top Instrumental Soloist at the festival.
This is the tenth music tour that the department planned by the High School Music Department, and the first tour that included all three genres: Chorus, Orchestra, and Band.