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Band takes trip to New Orleans

by Jaymeson Frey, Reference Manager

The Band of Pirates spent Feb. 27-March 1 in New Orleans where they did things that ranged from playing for a clinician, to doing a swamp tour. 

One of the things the band was watch a little local jazz band who plays for audiences of all ages.

“My favorite part was going to Preservation Hall to see the jazz band,” freshman Logan Doyle said. “It was a lot of fun and we heard some good music.”

Preservation Hall was a common favorite throughout the band.

“Preservation Hall,” junior Nathan Mohan said. “It was an amazing jazz performance and left me in awe.”

To some people, the music they heard at Preservation Hall will be a memory they remember forever.

“The Preservation Hall was awesome, and I’ve never experienced anything like it,” senior Elizabeth Lund said. “The music was phenomenal and it will stick with me forever.” 

While down there, the band had a lot of things they saw that really stood out to them.

“What stood out the most to me was the culture,” Doyle said. “Everyone there looked and acted like New Orleans, a bubbling city with great personality.”

New Orleans has singular people that stand out, not just groups.

“The thing that stood out was the people,” sophomore Dylan Horst said, “people there are a lot more ‘out there’ than people here.”

“The liveliness of the French Quarter,” Mohan said. “It was very much so alive and energetic.”

The last thing the band did before they left was a swamp tour. Here they were able to see alligators, raccoons and many different species of bird. However, a favorite throughout the band was the baby alligator that they had the opportunity to hold.

“My favorite part was when we were on the swamp tour and the skipper brought out the baby alligator because it was really cute,” Lund said. “I really like animals.”