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At the end of our first full day in Cuba, vocal jazz students performed for the returning hotel guests at the seaside resort restaurant.
While our Internet access over the next week in Cuba will be spotty (at best), we are looking to be able to provide updates from this year’s tour via the school’s Twitter account (@gleneaglemusic), and in the weeks following the trip here on the music blog. To whet your appetite, you can enjoy some of the exploits from our previous Cuba visit in 2011 here, along with the above video compilation of our visit to the Matanzas Fine Arts Elementary School.
Here are a few of our choir students sight-singing along with choral students at the Matanzas Fine Arts High School we visited, as well.
And an impromptu performance by Steven and Kate with several Cuban dance students looking on.
A favourite from the 2011 tour, here are Jessica and Scott wowing our hotel lobby with a rendition of “the Prayer” on a very honky-tonking piano.
And Kyle practicing a little conversational percussion with a jazz student at the fine arts high school.
Along with these sorts of gems, this year we will again be broadcasting from our departure gate before heading south to the Carribean, live on DS106 Radio. You can tune in to this broadcast, beginning somewhere before our 8am boarding, by accessing the media player here: ds106rad.io/listen Staying tuned to the Music Department Twitter account will also keep you in the loop for this broadcast and other updates throughout the trip.
Wishing our traveling students a good night’s rest before our trip tomorrow, and our parent community many hearty thanks for their support to make this trip possible!
A few conversations with Gleneagle Music students today between performances at the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, California.
See how the rest of the trip has been unfolding here.
Over spring break, the Gleneagle Music Department will be headed south to Los Angeles and the Heritage Music Festival, where we brought home many awards and recognitions four years ago (when the festival was held in New York City).
Students in Gleneagle’s bands, choir, and vocal jazz ensembles will be taking in not only the elite musical showcase at the festival, but also the wilds of Disneyland, Universal Studios, and the California Beach (not to mention temperatures approaching 30 Celsius ), and will be bringing home no shortage of laughter and memorable experiences to be shared in car rides home from YVR and into the rest of the spring semester.
But we hope to be sharing some of our adventures and performances with our audience here on the Music at Gleneagle blog, as well as Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, and K12 distributed web radio station 105 the Hive, based in Ontario, Canada.
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The Music Department will also be updating its Twitter profile with more sporadic 140 character posts and pictures, which you can view and follow here, www.twitter.com/gleneaglemusic. Recordings and videos will be shared here on the blog, but we will also be streaming recordings and audio post cards live from the festival and hotel on 105 the Hive Radio for Learning, which you can listen to by visiting their website: http://www.105thehive.org/listen.
Stay tuned to the Gleneagle Twitter account to hear about upcoming live broadcasts.
Some memorable tour moments shared on the blog in the last few years:
We hope to be sharing more and adding to this list in just over a week, and hope you can join us!
Though possibly a little heavy on pictures of our Cuba Tour, we can offer the excuse that it was a highly memorable experience (and setting for many beautiful photographs). Thanks to Nolan & Jeff who supplied many of their shots to join with Mr. J’s albums.