Select students from around the state were nominated and will join together for a rewarding and memorable experience presenting instrumental and choral performances throughout Europe.
Accoding to Katy, the kids who are going on this trip are mainly from the Austin area, San Antonio area, herself from Falls City and some kids from the Harlingen area.
“There are 47 kids in the group,” Katy said. “We were nominated for not only our musicianship, but our leadership and character as well by ourband directors. They basically went around to the directors and asked, ‘Do you want to spend two weeks with this kid?’”
Katy will perform on the flute during the tour, which includes stops in England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and Germany.
“We will be getting college credit from this trip, too,” Katy explained. “I will receive three undergraduate hours after completing an essay over what I learned on my trip when we return.”
In addition to the tour, there will be a “home camp” June 12-14 and on June 14 the students will perform a concert for family members at Westlake High School in Austin.
“To be nominated for such honors as this, I have worked hard at competing in contests such as regional band and solo and ensemble competitions,” Katy said. “My being chosen as the 2011-2012 drum major has helped, too.”
According to her dad, Marvin, Katy hasn’t had much opportunity to travel, so this trip will be an extra special one for her. He said that most of these kids are from large high schools, so it is very rare and quite an honor for a student from a 1A school to earn an invitation to be a part of this prestigious group.
“I’m super excited to be a part of thie life-changing trip!” Katy said.