Nordhoff at Carnegie
"We're back, and what
a trip it was. The whole tour was an experience we all will never
forget - and the performances at Carnegie were outstanding,"
said Randy Harward, a chaperone, parent and communications director
"In the audience we had to keep reminding ourselves that
these were our kids, on the Carnegie stage, filling this incredible
hall with such beautiful music.
"It really did take your breath away. Bravo to all our music
students for their long hard work getting to Carnegie, and for
such a great performance.
"Experiencing New York was also a grand adventure. Picture
this ... you decide to go to New York for a long weekend and
while staying at the Grand Hyatt you go to two performances at
Carnegie Hall (only you get to perform), a Broadway musical,
the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, Grand
Central Station, Ground Zero, countless shops and markets on
Park Avenue, 42nd Street, and Madison Avenue.
You take almost a dozen subway
trips; you go ice-skating in Rockefeller Center, tour NBC, and
go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rose Center for Earth
and Space and the Zoo. And you have dinner in Times Square and
on a luxury yacht while cruising past the Statue of Liberty and
the New York skyline on a crystal clear night.
"Not bad for a long weekend ... of course, not much sleep
was involved," Harward concluded.
Bill Wagner, the NHS music director, said, "What an awesome
experience! Being on stage at Carnegie Hall is a memory that
these students will never forget.
"For many months our young Nordhoff High School musicians
diligently prepared difficult music, and their hard work and
focus made for outstanding performances by both the Symphonic
Band and Gold 'n Blue Chorale.
Wagner wishes to thank the 16 chaperones who "sweated the
small stuff" to make sure that this tour ran smoothly and
took the time to make certain all the students had a rewarding
"And, finally, thanks to everyone - family, friends and
community members - who contributed to help meet our fund-raising
goals. Ojai should not only be proud to have sent these 133 students
to Carnegie Hall, but thrilled that our students performed with
such expertise and beauty on the Carnegie Hall stage.
Tracy Buckingham, a trip chaperone, parent, and president of
MAESTRO, said, "What a thrill to watch our students perform
in the magnificent Carnegie Hall!
Having dozens of friends and
family from the Ojai Valley travel to New York City to support
us was truly meaningful. It's been an honor watching the community
get behind all our efforts to support these talented young adults.
"On behalf of the MAESTRO board, I offer my heartfelt gratitude
to all who contributed to this opportunity."
Laura and Lindsey Lochner, Nordhoff High School music students,
said it was "an experience of a lifetime! The whole trip
we had to keep reminding ourselves that this was really happening.
New York was truly amazing!
"Unforgettable moments include:
being on the stage and later in the audience at Carnegie, the
Broadway show, Central Park Zoo, Times Square, shopping on 5th
Avenue, and laughing with our friends after only a few hours
"It really made us appreciate the whole music department
and community efforts ... without so many dedicated and caring
adults this would not have been possible. Few trips will ever
surpass this one! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone!"
- compiled from various
accounts of trip participants.
The Ojai Valley News
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|Nordhoff High School's
band, directed by Bill Wagner, performed Friday afternoon at
Carnegie Hall. More than 120 students, including the band and
choir, were chosen to perform at one of the world's most prestigious