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It was quite a week for the Vinton Shellsburg High School Band and Choir. Returning from New York, the group has spent the last several days touring and performing in the Big Apple.

The choirs performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Harlem on Thursday, Following their performance, they saw Columbia University and the Apollo
Theater which was followed by a stop at Ellen's Stardust Diner. The group also took a bus tour of famous TV and movie sights all over the

Broadway was next on the stops. Some of the group went to Lion King and remaining went to see Wicked. The students also attended separate Broadway Classroom Workshops for band and
choir. The choir learned a song and some of the
official choreography from The Lion King. In the class they learned some of the South African
pronunciations and dance moves.

Some of the students had an opportunity to go to Central Park, see the Dakota building where John Lennon was shot, view the "Imagine" mosaic and see the Strawberry Fields tribute to him.

The group then went to the Top of the Rock for a 360
degree view of the city, including a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. The group was able to see the opening night of the world premiere of a brand new American
opera, performed with the New York Philharmonic called “Prisoner of the State."

(Pictured: one of the fire trucks from 9/11 at the memorial)

On Friday, the group visited the 9/11 site. They also took a walking tour of lower Manhattan, visited the Chelsea Market and the high line park.

The Spirit of New York
dinner & dance cruise completed the trip. The group rode under the Brooklyn Bridge, around the
southern tip of the island, and then past the Statue of Liberty at

The group loaded onto their buses and arrived home safely on Saturday night.

Tressa Walton, one of the chaperones on the trip said of the kids, "I was most impressed with how 'go with the flow' the kids were. We were constantly on the go, getting very little sleep I
personally hope that all the people who supported these kids in the numerous fundraisers they held over the past year know how much these kids appreciate that. We were told by our tour guide, bus drivers, etc what a great group of polite kids we had. Our tour guide was the first to say, being from New York and seeing a lot of tour groups, he does NOT tell this to every group, in fact, he didn’t know if he had EVER had said that to a group but he truly meant it with ours. I think we represented VS well!"

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