Being chased by a hungry swan along the
Getting attacked by an errant shower head in
These are just a few of the memories
"I nominated students who were first and foremost of good character, because you want to make sure it's students you can trust to be in seven different countries with you and sometimes on their own, spending time away from you. So, you want to know they are students you can trust," he said.
He looked for great musicians capable of learning a large quantity of music in a short amount of time and individuals who would represent the school well. Some of the students had never been outside
"It was different to be in a place where everything wasn't so convenient," said senior
The students first attended a music camp in
Crowd response varied. People in
"We performed the percussion piece in the pouring down rain in the middle of
It wasn't all work, though. The students had plenty of time to sightsee at places of note such as Big Ben, the
Most of the students agreed that
Restroom etiquette was a little tricky to figure out. The students were surprised to have to pay to use the bathroom in most public places, although the attendant at
"At my house it takes a second for the water to come on, so I had my head in there and I poked it up," she said. "I didn't know the shower head was facing straight out, so it starts spraying me in the face and then I turn around and it moves and follows me and sprays me all over my back."
A few of the students' relatives also made the trip across the Atlantic.
"They told us we needed a lot less money than we really did," she said. "Things were pretty expensive over there."
Hobbs agreed, "They had this misconception that all we were going to spend our money on was food."
Everyone on the trip snapped up a few souvenirs. Hobbs, Phelps and Thomas paid a sketch artist in
Jones' prize possession was a "Kitties of
Everyone had fun on the trip, but all were happy to return to
"Getting home was the best part of the trip," said Phelps.
The students attending and their instruments were: senior Phelps, percussion; senior Ivie, percussion; senior Hutto, flute; Jones, French horn; Garner, clarinet; senior Hobbs, percussion.
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