Last night was the teen dance, sponsored by the Connecticut Lions. I have heard that a great time was had by all - there were some other bands there, as well as some Leo clubs. Those students who weren't in the mood for dancing socialized and played cards in the hotel lobby - and updated their statuses on facebook. Heaven forbid we detach the phones from their hands!
Today has been a busy, busy day. This morning we headed to Canada's Wonderland, where we marched around the park and played a short standing concert. The crowd was very appreciative - someone approached me later in the day to compliment the band!
After our concert, we spent a leisurely afternoon at the park. It was great fun! I floated on the Lazy River, and Russ and I road the Leviathan (which was very, very tall). We also got a chance to see Snoopy conducting a musical fountain in the front of the park - most definitely an experience. (I think that Russ wanted to critique Snoopy's conducting though...) From what I heard, students had a great time riding coasters and hanging out. We ran into many of them in Starbucks towards the end of our time in the park - caffiniating for our long evening ahead!
If we didn't already know what a great group of kids we have, we found out on exiting the park - we were stopped in the parking lot by a disabled vehicle. Russ asked if anyone would be willing to help move the car, and just about every boy on our bus stood up! It certainly seems that we have a group that understands the Lions motto "We Serve"!
We enjoyed dinner downtown in the Hard Rock Cafe. We were running late because of traffic, but the restaurant was great and made sure that we got in! While there, we enjoyed yummy food (lots of burgers!) and even some shopping. We ran into the Michigan band there - they were eating shortly after us, so we got a chance to connect with another state band! We were in a hurry to get to our evening concert, so the servers gave us our cookies to go. Students LOVED the cookies (refused to leave without them!) and were even munching on them while we waited to set up.
More later about our evening concert, playing at the reception for the Pennsylvania Lions' delegation.
Bonnie McCutcheon is the wife of Dr. Russell McCutcheon, Musical Director of the Lions PA All-State Band. She teaches history at Wilson College in Chambersburg PA, is an active member of the Gettysburg Lions Club, and volunteers with the Girl Scouts.
The Pennsylvania Lions All-State Band is sponsored by Lions Clubs of Pennsylvania. We Serve!