Tuesday, April 11, 2000

Bacon band off for north

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Roger Bacon High School band leaves at 5:30 this morning for a four-day concert tour in Canada.

        “I am not going to get any sleep,” assistant band director Jon Meyer said Monday afternoon. “We have a 12-hour trip in front of us. We are going to Niagara Falls first, then we are going to Toronto.”

        The band will perform at four Catholic high schools and spend a day attending classes at Mary Ward School in Toronto. The group is scheduled to return at 8 p.m. Friday.

        “These trips are good motivators for the students,” Mr. Meyer said. “They work really hard. We will play three separate concerts of different music. And it's challenging music.”

        In May 1998 the band traveled to Russia at the invitation of the International Fine Arts Institute. Jim Swedenburg, community relations coordinator for the school, said the organization was so impressed that it invited the group to Canada.

        But the band has to pay its own way. It performed at festivals, parades and concerts to help pay for the $50,000 it's costing to send 98 students and about 80 parents. Mr. Swedenburg said parents and band boosters were invited on the trip.

        “This was nothing compared to the $250,000 we raised to go to Russia,” Mr. Meyer said.


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