Leonia High School’s recent music trip to Washington D.C, for the Worldstrides music competition was an absolute success. After many performances and judications, Leonia’s incredibly talented and diverse groups of students ranked very highly in the competition. Besides these high scores, Leonia actually came in first place overall in the entire competition. The school choirs, bands, and orchestras played phenomenally through both days of competition. The high school received a gold ranked for almost every single category they had participated in. This was many thanks to the students as well as their directors, Mr.Penn, Mr. Dunn, and Mr.Rosenberg.
The trip began on Thursday morning, when the students and staff departed from Leonia to begin their incredible trip and fun itinerary. On the way to their Dulles hotel the music students stopped at Baltimore’s, Inner Harbor to have lunch and site see. After a few hours in Baltimore, the group continued their drive to Dulles, Virginia. Eventually, by around 4:30 P.M. they had arrived at the hotel. The students grabbed their instruments and headed straight to the hotel’s outdoor pavilion to use it as a practice space. After every group performing had practiced the hotel rooms became available. After long and fun day, the students got to relax and get ready for the very important next two days.
Friday went very well as the students headed to a beautiful church, to showcase all of Leonia’s choir performances. All the choirs showed a incredible display of work in front of the judges. After this the student went out for a great lunch in Washington then headed back to Dulles for the evening. For the final event on the itinerary the bands practiced for their big performances. As Saturday came the bands headed to Rockridge Regional High School to perform. After the Bands and Orchestras great performances they went back to the hotel to prepare for the dinner dance and award ceremony. Lastly Leonia became the overall winner of the worldstrides competition.