Payson High School Band Director Daria Mason believes that music comes alive through history — that is why she will take 36 band students to perform in Gettysburg and New York for the National Festival of the States on June 10.
“We could be a history class with instruments,” she said.
The band will spend a week touring Washington, D.C., the Gettysburg National Military Park and New York.
They will play at the American Civil War Museum to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle at Gettysburg on June 12.
When not performing, the band will tour the nation’s capital, visiting the Smithsonian Museum, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Arlington National Cemetery and other memorials.
By June 14, they will have moved on to New York to play at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum as another part of the National Festival of the States.
While in New York, the band students will see the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the United Nations and other points of interest in the city.
Mason applied to play at the National Festival of States more than a year ago by sending in a recording of the band playing and a PR packet.
She is excited, but is concerned some students have not raised all the funds needed to go on the trip.
With a price tag of $1,200, some of the students are struggling to pull all of the financing together.
“People can bring a donation to the high school,” said Mason. She said people may donate to the trip by using Credit for Kids donations.
“Through trips like these, history becomes real,” said Mason.