The Thomson High School "Bulldog Brigade" band played an outdoor concert at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., on April 5, 2004. The band played at the Festhaus in the "Germany" area of this theme park. The concert was part of the spring trip for the award-winning band.
"This was the best band trip I have ever taken with the group. The students and chaperones were first class," said Director Jesse Morlan. "All participants represented McDuffie County, The BOE, and THS in a superior manner."
The Bulldog Brigade performs at Busch Gardens.
The group loaded the charter buses on Friday, April 3 for the four-day trip. The group arrived at their hotel in Williamsburg at 3 a.m.
Four hours later, the group was back up for a full day of fun at Busch Gardens. The park has theme areas based on European countries, with rides, shows, restaurants and shops matching the character of each country.
The next morning, the band returned to Busch Gardens to play a special concert. Mr. Morlan and Assistant Director Emme Hines led the band through a selection of pop songs. The concert started with a medley of songs by the band Chicago -- "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," "Get Away," followed by "Caravan." The next selection was a Stevie Wonder song, "Isn't She Lovely". The Dance Team took center stage for "Mambo Number 5" by Lou Bega.
The concert ended with a tribute to soldiers and veterans, as the band played the Armed Forces Salute -- a medley of all the American Armed Forces Service songs.
That afternoon, the band traveled to Norfolk, Va., to board the cruise ship "Spirit". They enjoyed a buffet dinner and live entertainment while touring the Chesapeake Bay. After the dinner show, a DJ played music that had almost everyone on the dance floor. When the DJ started playing songs from the 70s and 80s, he challenged the chaperones to show how they did things in the "old school," and many chaperones joined in on the fun.
On Monday, April 6, the band took an educational tour of Jamestown Settlement. Band members took a guided tour of the three ships that brought the first members of the Virginia Company from England to this site on the James River.
They also explored an Indian village and the fort that housed the settlers, The tour guides explained the rich history of the area, from the stories of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas through the establishment of the first representative government in the colonies.
That afternoon the band returned to Thomson to complete a successful spring trip. Mr. Morlan told the band members that he was proud of their performance, and of the way they represented their school and community on the trip.