A group of 49 students, eight staff members and two former students of George Hicks High School spent three days in Florida from 16-18 May.
The students were selected from the 260 instrumental music students at George Hicks and had been rehearsing together in preparation for their performance since February.
The George Hicks Concert Band performed for the students and staff at the Fort Lauderdale Christian School at a morning concert in their school gymnasium, said a press release from the school.. The audience of students aged four to 16 was most appreciative and joined in enthusiastically when audience participation was encouraged.
The George Hicks Concert Band performed nine items under the direction of Mrs. Sue Klein, and three swing band numbers directed by Mr. Mike Galvin.
After performing at FLCS, the students visited the Dillard School for the Performing Arts: a magnet high school specializing in art, music and dance, attracting the most talented students from the Fort Lauderdale area. The young Cayman musicians were treated to a tour of the facility by Director Bruce Brown and to performances from the String Orchestra, some senior dancers and the Senior Swing Band.
The Cayman students were particularly impressed with the size of the facility and at the fantastic opportunities it afforded to the students, the release said.
They were also excited to hear the Dillard Swing Band whose students improvised effortlessly on their instruments.
Students also had an opportunity to spend an afternoon at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science, a hands-on educational science facility where they were able to find out for themselves how science affects our daily lives.
Everyone enjoyed experiments as diverse as testing their strength against various levers, becoming human hurricanes and taking a simulated trip to Mars. To complete their educational afternoon they enjoyed an IMAX presentation in the Museum’s cinema titled Walking on the Moon.
According to Fran McConvey, organiser of the trip and Head of Music at George Hicks, the three days were very well spent with the students serving as excellent ambassadors for the Cayman Islands.
Bank of Butterfield sponsors the Concert Band, and funded shirts for the students to travel in on their trip to Fort Lauderdale.
‘We are very grateful for the bank’s commitment in helping to make our music programme so successful,’ the press release said.