Argyle Band Members Entertain in Europe

Argyle Band Members Entertain in Europe

by Susan Neuhalfen

32 members of the Argyle High School Band and their parents spent 3 weeks this summer touring with the Lone Star Ambassadors of Music throughout Europe. They played with approximately 100 other high school band members from north Texas, touring and playing concerts for the locals.

Four incoming high school seniors Sierra Albanesi, Becca Luttrell, Brayden Ratcliff and Haley Emerson along with band director Kathy Johnson talked about their trip to England, France, Austria, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

The students played four concerts in four countries – Germany, Austria, England, Switzerland. The concerts were mostly performed in parks and are well attended by the residents there.

“They appreciated everything we played,” said Becca. “They were really attentive.”

The kids laughed about how many of the locals would want to dance with their parent chaperones but during one song, Tico Tico, some of the band members didn’t have a playing part, so they would dance with the audience members.

The Lone Star Ambassadors of Music are made up of students from Argyle, East Texas, Paris, Canton, Waxahachie, Frisco and Lake Dallas. After a three-day pre-camp hosted by Argyle High School, the students traveled first to London. This is part of an annual trip planned by Voyageurs International, who recruits students every year for this concert tour. North and East Texas students get to play on even years, while students from the Austin and Houston areas play on odd years. Argyle will be eligible to play again in 2018.

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