of The Clarion
On the morning of Thursday, May 17, 2018, members of the KCS band, all 103 of them, along with 24 adults and three bus drivers began their Journey Through Music Tour – the Swan Song.
Their once-every-four-year journey took them through Red Deer, Golden, Kamloops, Seattle, Chilliwack, Penticton and Banff.
Band director, Colleen Oscar-Swan, said that it was another great tour.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of students,” she said. “Or a better team of chaperons for that matter. They were amazing.
“Each trip has a different vibe and this trip was a special one,” she added. “The students were great ambassadors for the school and our town.”
The tour this year included three playing stops. The first stop was at an Alberta Band Association Festival in Red Deer on their very first day.
They did well and won the prestigious Superior Band Award at the festival. They played three songs and were adjudicated.
“It was a great accomplishment. It was the highest rating in the festival. It was great to win – very rewarding,” said Oscar-Swan.
However, she felt they could have played even better.