Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
This appreciation is a little belated, but still heartfelt. I would like to thank all the chaperones and adults for all their time (plus 2 more days) supervising our children on the awesome trip to Madrid. I loved the blog, the pictures on facebook, and being able to watch the parade live! The kids had an incredible trip. Not only did they experience a unique and awesome parade, but they got to see a little of the world outside of Lake Zurich, IL. It will be a trip to remember for a lifetime. Thanks for taking the time away from your own families so our children could experience this fantastic trip.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Aside from the exhausting plane rides, the sleepless nights, and the language barriers, the Cabalgata de Reyes parade made the entire trip worthwhile! If the band had arrived in Spain and had a single night to march in this parade, it still would have been worth the travel hours. It was amazing! The audience of the parade had so much energy and was so excited to see us (even if all they got to see was us rowing by to a cadence). We waited for 3 hours and performed every so often for bystanders and nearby floats with things like Palumbo and other quick tunes. Once we actually started the 2 hours of marching, we played Mi Burrito Sabanero over and over with different cadences in between. On occasion, Thompson would blow a whistle and the whole band would scatter tot eh sides and say hello to all the people watching the parade. Many gloves were stolen and pictures were taken; many locals tested their English on us which was fun to hear. The entire experience was outstanding and I’m not the only one who would do it again in a heartbeat.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In our role as "those going along for the ride" we had the unique opportunity to have a first-hand view of how the entire Lake Zurich Group - Teachers, Students and Chaperones', were conducting themselves over the ten day period. We were with the delayed group so were able to experience the full drama of two extra days of travel.
So with that long introduction let me now tell you - how proud you should be of your children and the LZHS staff. Let me tell you, your child was well cared for over the past 10 days. First, we must recognize the professionals working in the background who arranged, scheduled and coordinated this trip. Travel arrangements over the entire trip were detailed and comprehensive. I noticed several times during the week that agendas and itineraries were adjusted seamlessly on-the-fly to accommodate either the weather conditions or to emphasize specific agenda items. This ability to keep things moving at all times is a credit to the tour guides and LZ staff who were decisive and knowledgeable of the surroundings.
Of course we all know that no amount of organization or coordination would have worked with a group of unruly and disruptive teenagers. But I can tell you this was not the case with the LZHS Band. Your kids were at their best at all times. When addressed as "Hey Band!", they responded, in perfect cadence and unison, "Hey What!", followed by silence. They were given freedom to grow and explore and they responded as a group well beyond their years.
And finally, credit must be given to the LZHS Staff and the adult chaperones. The full success of this trip is due to their talents and efforts and the primary purpose of this brief message is to acknowledge this fact. It was my family's pleasure to "go along for the ride".
Dan and Carol Hoch