MENDOTA – The Mendota High School band continued its long-standing performance tour tradition this year with performances in Tennessee and Georgia over spring break. Since the 1960s, the MHS Band has toured every two years, with the goal of exposing students to culture and history while also sharing the talents of Mendota students with others across the country.
This year’s performance tour began with a stop at the University of Illinois, where the band performed for and received feedback from Associate Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Anthony Messina. The following day, the group arrived in Chattanooga, Tenn., where the students gave a performance outside the storied Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal Station - a site made famous by the well-known Glenn Miller song with the same name.
After seeing some of the sights of Chattanooga, including the Chickamauga Battle Field National Military Park and the spectacular Ruby Falls, the band continued on to Atlanta. While there, the band gave a concert at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park. Of particular note, the ensemble performed “Oh, Freedom!” by Aaron Noe, which is a tribute to Dr. King.
Before returning home, students had the chance to tour the CNN studios, meet celebrity anchor Carl Azuz, and visit the World of Coca Cola. “Our trip was a great experience!” said MHS Band Student President Katie Beetz. “We were able to see so many neat places, and it was really meaningful to have the opportunity to perform at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park!”