This is ATD

I don’t know why I have never mentioned this before? Silly Amber… but I have been a part of a choir program for my highschool for 5 years. It is a year round, audition based, after school program that performs all genres of music, from Jr high level music to college music, we do it all. We call ourselves the Alexander Tone Definites. I started my sophomore as just an Alto, but when Ken (the director) found out I had been playing piano for 7 years, he put me to work accompanying the group. I have been accompanying for 5, was the student director my senior year, and for the past 2 years (now going on year number 3!) I have been the Assistant Director.

Every year we fund-raise the heck out of everything and go on a trip as our big finale, with little to no charge (b/c we fundraised it all!). Our “tours”, as we call them, have taken us to Canada, NYC, Indianapolis, Charleston SC, and Wash. DC. Some cool things we’ve done is workshopped and sang with the Cast of RENT, had a Concert with Cantus, and Sang the National Anthem for different kinds of sports events (to name a few NBA Indiana Pacers game, Minor league soccer games, a Lake Erie Monsters game, etc).

This year was special though. Our tour took us to Atlanta, Georgia to sing the National Anthem at an Major League Baseball, Atlanta Braves game!!! It was a really awesome experience.

The students really enjoyed it. I was proud of them too. 🙂

Other than the Braves game, we went to Asheville, North Carolina to see the Biltmore Estate. It was the most magnificent piece of architecture I’ve ever seen. It was so much more impressive than any cathedral I’ve been in, and any mansion you see on TV. If you ever have a chance, GO SEE IT. And be sure to take a tour to the basement, cuz that was the coolest part. The kids really seemed to be interested in it too.

Side View of Biltmore, with my chaperone group, and Mom (in the red)
We also went to the MLK Jr Historical Site… and where, we took a jump shot:

We went to the Museum of Coca Cola

 We also went to the Oatland Wildlife Reserve, on a Savannah GA Ghost walk… AND…. a DOLPHIN CRUISE.

yep, that’s a real dolphin.

Apart from just being tourists, we did sing a bit. We sang at 2 nursing homes while we were down there. At the first one, their piano bench was wayyyy too low for my 5’2” self to be able to reach the keys effectively… So, in their Southern Hospitality, they kindly found me 8 phone books to sit on 🙂

8 phonebooks.

At the top, the first pic you see in this post, we’re performing at a 3 story living community/nursing home. It was quite impressive. We also sang for the Captain and First Mate of the Dolphin Tour-boat.

performing, on a boat.
Singing to the Cap’n
We had a really great trip and we’re looking forward to next year!
Alexander Tone Definites, 2009-2010
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