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Marshall Goes to Wichita

March 06, 2018

Last Wednesday I had the honor to travel with almost all of my students! At 8:45 am, grades 1-6 departed for Wichita to head to the Interest Bank Arena where they would watch the Oklahoma City Thunder play against the Souix Falls Skyforce. Now we may have come to see a basketball game, but being the music teacher, I was looking for the musicians that help bring the spirit for game day. As we were walking from the parking lot, students could hear cadences played by the drumline to welcome students into the arena. The drumline was a group of professional players that worked for the OKC Thunder. While we were waiting to go into the arena, I had the opportunity to share my own stories about being in an athletic band. I am constantly telling my students about how far music can take them and all of the special things they get to do and see as a musician. 

Another special privilege that goes along with being a musician is the honor of performing the national anthem. We were actually sitting right in front of the high school that performed the National Anthem on Wednesday. It was a real treat and surprise that a local high school was able to perform for this big event. I was proud of all the Marshall students who knew the protocol for singing the National Anthem; stand and remove your hat, put your hand over your heart, and sing along or listen respectfully.

Our students did a fabulous job representing Marshall Elementary and demonstrating their leadership. It was an absolute joy to spend time with my students outside of our regular music time!

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