By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs Band returned from a once-in-lifetime trip to Hawaii to perform on the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor memorial event.
After performing in Hollywood’s annual Christmas parade last year, the MCHS band submitted a video to the Gateway Music and Travel Group and the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce for a chance to participate in the Pearl Harbor memorial in Honolulu, which honors the remaining survivors of the Pearl Harbor attacks. The band was readily accepted l, and worked exceptionally hard to prepare for this season’s repertoire of songs called “Pure Imagination,” which is themed around numbers from Willy Wonka.
But this trip was not just an incredible opportunity to showcase the band’s talent in the most exotic and farthest western corner of the country. The MCHS band also took advantage of the unique educational opportunities while visiting Hawaii. The band took advantage of Hawaii’s gorgeous landscapes and cultural sites while touring the island. It was truly an extraordinary educational adventure, according to Jeffrey Rowser, the MCHS Band Director. During the six-night, seven-day trip, the band visited the Polynesian Cultural center. They also put on a tribute performance at the Pearl Harbor Museum & Visitor Center and during the Waikiki Parade, took the USS Arizona Memorial Tour, take a tour of the USS Missouri Battleship memorial and other educational activities and site-seeing opportunities.
The MCHS Band would like to thanks the community for all the support given to help student participate in this remarkable opportunity.