In 2007, my freshman year of high school, my school’s band went to Chicago, Illinois for a trip. We took charter busses and drove the long ten hours to get to the magical city. While we were in Chicago, the band as a whole went to the Shedd Aquarium, the Navy Pier, ESPN zone, the Science an industry Museum, the Sears Tower, and the Hard Rock Cafe. Another thing that we did was going shopping on the “Magnificent Mile.” The thing that made it possible for our band to actually go to Chicago was us going to a clinic at a private college with the band instructor.
Something else that we got to do in Chicago was see three shows. One of these shows was the musical Wicked. Seventy kids sitting in a huge theater watching this show was kind of entertaining. There were a lot of different reactions to the show, some being really good, and others not as good.
We also got to see Blue Man Group, which everyone really liked. We got to join in on the fun and watch a really exciting show. There was one point where toilet paper started coming from behind us, and there was a lot of it. Seeing all of the different neon colors was really cool. I remember that my friend was colorblind and could never tell what was going on with all of the colorful lights.
The third show that we got to see was the Chicago Symphony. Our seats were so high up that there were people scared to sit in the front of the balcony because they were afraid of heights. The show was really long, and people started to get tired. Our principal went on this trip with us and he even fell asleep during the concert. He will never admit to it, but people know.
To me, having to go to the clinician was pointless. We didn’t have anymore concerts or contests, and we worked on the music from the past contest. Yes, it got us to go to Chicago, but I would rather have spent my time doing something else. The campus of the college was very pretty. The college that the clinic was at was Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.
When we went up to the Sears Tower, we went from the first floor to the ninety-seventh floor. Needless to say, people’s ears popped on the way up. From the top of the building, you could see what seemed like all of Chicago. It was gorgeous. The lake was an amazing shade of blue and you could see for miles. There was a fake balcony where it looked like you were washing windows and people could take pictures and look like they were falling off of the building.
Eating at the Hard Rock Cafe was an adventure in itself. There were at least five people that got food poisoning and got sick the night before we left. It didn’t hit them until we got back to the hotel that night- thank goodness-but once it hit them, it was bad. The entire ride home we had people in the bathrooms getting sick.
Getting the chance to go to Chicago with my friends and fellow band members was exciting for me. The fact that we were trusted enough to go out of the state for a clinic was amazing to me.
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