55 Johnston High School students head to Music in the Parks Festival

Off to Virginia!


Fresh from Saturday’s highly-successful 5th Annual Mattress Sale, 55 students that participate in Johnston High School’s national award-winning music program, left Cherry Hill this morning for Williamsburg, Virginia where they’ll compete in the Music in the Parks Festival.

At approximately 5 a.m. Director Ron Lamoureux and Vocalist Leader Matt Gingras and JHS students boarded a double-decker Dattco Charter Company bus for what will be five full days of competition, meeting students from other school districts and getting an education in history about days of a by-gone era.

Lamoureux explained that the traveling party will stop for a nice lunch, courtesy of the Johnston School Music Association and later in the day have a pizza party when they check in and do some team exercises after dinner.

After which, it’s all business on Friday beginning with rehearsals before a big lunch then competing for top honors from 4 to 7 pm. at two different high schools in the Williamsburg area.

“Saturday will be spent at Busch Gardens, Europe where the kids will have well-deserved fun time and attend the awards ceremony with other participants from around the country,” Lamoureux offered. “Sunday will be special, as well.”

That’s when the JHS traveling troupe will visit historic Williamsburg where the staff is all in period clothing and doing daily work of people from the colonial era and as Lamoureux emphasized “the kids will learn a great deal and it’s loads of fun at the same time.”

Saturday will include yet another social experience when the JHS group travels on the Spirit of Norfolk for a dinner/dancing cruise that is always a favorite of all the kids and will include fine-dining aboard a luxury craft.

The JHS Music group will travel back to Johnston Monday and resume classes on Tuesday and as Lamoureux noted: “Hopefully with some super and special awards.”


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