By: Katie Hoek, Contributing Writer
On March 29, the Centralia High School band left for Memphis, Tennessee. Along with the band, eight parent chaperones and Josh Yancey, CHS band director, traveled by charter bus to their destination.
Yancey considered two options, Memphis and Nashville, for this year’s trip. Due to the price difference, he decided to take the band to Memphis. Both cities offered great music educational experiences, so price was the deciding factor. The purpose of the trip was to show the band students the different opportunities music can provide. Yancey said the reason they went on this trip was “to give the band students a great experience that helps keep them interested in band.” The students were also allowed to go on this trip as a reward for all the hard work and effort they have put into the music department all year.
The first stop on the trip was Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. After stopping there, the group took a riverboat tour on the Mississippi River. They ate lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and the Blues City Cafe. The group stopped at the Gibson Guitar Factory where director Yancey had the opportunity to play a guitar costing $25,000. In Memphis, they went on a ghost tour and visited the zoo. The most enjoyable stop of the trip was Sun Records. Popular artists such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, Johnny Cash, Maroon 5 and U2 have recorded with this studio. Group participants touched the actual microphone that has been used in all the recordings at Sun Records.
The group returned to Centralia on March 31. Senior Danny Nadler enjoyed his time in Memphis. He said, “It was a great experience, and it was fun to be with the band family before the seniors graduate.”