San Jose, CA, February 13, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- The Valley Christian High School Marching Band and Color Guard of San Jose, California has been invited to be the first marching band in the world to march down Main Street in Hong Kong Disneyland, which opened in September, 2005.
On Wednesday, February 14, 115 students, staff and parents will depart San Francisco airport for a ten-day performance tour of Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong.
A highlight of the trip will be marching in the Hong Kong Disney parade on Friday, February 23, during the park’s Chinese New Year celebration. The students will also perform for three schools and two Aids orphanages in Thailand.
On February 19, the group will perform at the Duan Pratheep Aids Orphanage. This facility is strategically placed in the middle of the largest slum in Bangkok. On February 20, the group will leave Bangkok for the seaside district of Chonburi. There, they will put on a musical show for several impoverished elementary and high schools, as well as villagers.
“People will come from all over! This is something we have only seen on TV. But never in real life! Do they really wear those fancy uniforms and hats with feathers?” commented a Thai villager to one of the coordinators, who e-mailed the comments to the Troy Gunter, Valley Christian’s band director.
The VCHS marching band students have raised over $3,000 in donations to provide supplies and gifts to the schools and orphanages they will visit on their performance-missions trip.
Valley Christian’s Marching Band and Color Guard is an award-winning band with over 15 years of field show competition experience. In 2006, the band won the Western Band Association’s First Place award in class AAA state championship competition. In 2004, Valley Christian won the top Sweepstakes award in class AAA out of 60 state marching bands participating. Valley Christian also initiated the Silicon Valley All-Star Band in 2005, which includes students from Gilroy and Live Oak High Schools. The Silicon Valley All-Star Band marched in the San Jose Holiday Parade and Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco.
In 2006, the Valley Christian music department initiated a Conservatory of Music Program for gifted music students. Several marching band students are members of the world-class preparatory conservatory that is designed to prepare students academically and musically for college-level conservatories or top universities.
For more information on the Asia trip, the Valley Christian High School Marching Band & Color Guard, the Silicon Valley All-Star Band, or the Conservatory of Music, please contact Vicki Wagner at 408-513-2469 or firstname.lastname@example.org.