Symphonic Winds perform in Nassau, Bahamas
Posted by Bekah Deutl '08, Anoka on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007
The University of Minnesota, Morris Symphonic Winds, consisting of wind and percussion instruments, traveled to the Caribbean as this years annual tour destination. The group boarded a bus bound for Florida at 2 a.m. on January 5, 2007. They arrived in Port Canaveral, Florida, and boarded the MS Elation the next day for a six-day Caribbean cruise.
While on tour, the UMM Symphonic Winds performed in the ships Mikado Lounge and in Hairbraiders Square in Nassau, Bahamas, playing sea-themed pieces such as Of Sailors and Whales by William Francis McBeth. The ship also visited ports in Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay.
Giving the students opportunities to play both on land and on sea was a treasured experience. Martin Seggelke, assistant professor of music, states: Exposing students to different cultures and locations as well as playing in different environments was wonderful.
It was a great opportunity to bond with fellow band members, create long-lasting friendships, and make UMM known to the global community, says Kate Raymond 08, Mankato, clarinetist and music education and Spanish education major.
Dan Connolly 09, St. Paul, percussionist, adds: As a music education major, it gave me other ways to play in different places, in another part of the world. He adds, laughing: The food on the ship was amazing, things Ive never had before. It was the best food in the world!
For more information on Symphonic Winds, including upcoming performances on February 4, March 4, April 24, April 29, and May 3, click here.
From left, Sitting: Rochelle Reiss 09 Maple Grove, Angela Colombage 08, Maharagama City, Sri Lanka, Sarah Duffy 10, Roseville, Michelle Bielat 10, Sartell, Tricia Johnson 10, Monticello, Kneeling: Angela Seydlitz-Dreger 10, Sauk Centre, Eva Wood 10, Eagle Bend, Elizabeth Waller 09, Lemmon, S. D., Sarah Tolbert 09, Fridley, Kate Raymond 08, Mankato, Jackie Venable 08, Redwood Falls, Allison Haas 09, Hartland, Wis., Sara Friedrichs 08, Apple Valley, Jeremy Bleichner 10, Eagan, Standing: Tim Carlson 07, Dassel, Allisen Schlick 10, Maple Grove, Andrew Bowe 09, Eagle Lake, Sabrina Schaefer 09, Belle Plain, Katie Hartwig 09, New Ulm, Daniel Connolly 09, St. Paul, Lacee Heald 07, Zimmerman, Kevin Johnson 09, Madison Lake, Daniel Kmetz 10, Minneapolis, Nolan Hauta 07, Cook, Justin Kemppainen 09, Spicer, Brian Kotila 07, Cokato, Paul Eveslage 10, Burnsville, James Jarvie 09, Cokato, Matthew Schiebe 10, Mound, Alex Dalton 09, Winona, Nate Pfeifle 10, Cokato, Sten Johnson 10, St. Paul, Dani Larson 09, Little Falls, Christopher Larson 10, Eagan, Kati Hamlin 09, Springfield, Brandon Gerads 10, Monticello, Nathan Dahlberg 10, Valley City, N. D., Martin Seggelke, assistant professor of music