Day three saw our travellers go in two directions. The Habitat for Humanity group spent the morning at the Lincoln Park Zoo while the band students went to the Vandercook College of Music for a music clinic to strengthen their skills.
Founded in 1868, the Lincoln Park Zoo is located in a natural setting just north of Chicago. For generations it has been one of the largest zoo-based conservation and science programs in the United States. Hundreds of animals are housed at the zoo and the many educational experiences allow visitors to get up close and personal with many of them.
At Vandercook College of Music our band students worked with clinician Charlie Menghini. Working through their competition scores, our musicians were able to hear critique from another set of experienced ears. Mr. Menghini challenged them with some new ways to approach individual practice, band rehearsals and the way they approach both scores and their teamwork.
No trip to Chicago is complete without a trip to Wrigley Field! The second oldest ball park in the country, Wrigley was built in 1914 and hosted its first major league game on April 23, 1914. The Federals defeated Kansas City 9 – 1. This afternoon we watched the Chicago Cubs play the New York Yankees however the Cubs were defeated 3-2. Check out our Facebook page at South Huron District High School Music Program for an archived live steam of the minutes that turned the game from a Cubs win to defeat.
After dinner at Andy’s Jazz Club we went to the Chicago Symphony Center to watch “SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions / Regina Carter: Simply Ella.” We are truly lucky to have been able to spend some time with such talented musicians. SFJAZZ has an interesting way of deciding their yearly program: they choose an artist of the year, with this year being Miles Davis, and then each member of the group is responsible for bringing to the program one original piece plus one arrangement of a piece by the artist of the year. We were able to hear a combination of original and arranged pieces between all the performers.
The days have flown by. Tomorrow we have a couple of stops on our agenda before we head for home. Another wonderful music trip in the history books and our second with the Habitat group.
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