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Music kids experience art and fun times in The Big Apple

  • Music instructors Derek Sturtevant, Bethany Rhine and Jake Gossman get a photo near the Statue of Liberty in New York City earlier this month. (Photo submitted.)

  • The Charles City music group was all smiles, at least during the early stages of the long bus trip to New York City. (Photo submitted.)

  • The Charles City music group enjoys some fine dining at the Joy Luck Palace in Chinatown in New York City. (Photo submitted.)

  • The entire Charles City music tour group stops for a photo in Central Park. (Photo submitted.)

  • Charles City music teachers, students and chaperones prepare to see the Broadway show “Wicked” in New York City. (Photo submitted.)

By James Grob,

Destination: The Big Apple.

As the song goes, kids from Charles City got a chance to “be a part of it” in New York — at least for a little while.

Students in the high school music department in Charles City School District experienced a trip they’re not likely to forget over spring break earlier this month when they loaded up the buses and took a trip to the city. The trip is part of an every-other-year excursion that the Charles City High School music program takes part in. The performing arts trips alternate between Chicago and New York.

“One of the big things about taking this trip is exposing students to a culture that is very different than what they experience in Charles City,” said high school vocal music director Derek Sturtevant. “From the Metropolitan Museum of Art  to street performers, it is great for the students to experience all the different avenues that people use to make the arts a part of their life.”

The trip consisted of 72 students and 26 adults. Highlights included a visit to the 9-11 Memorial, viewings of the Broadway shows “Wicked” and “Stomp,” singing in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and singing along with a street performer in Central Park.

The students held two fund-raisers to raise money for the trip, as they sold frozen foods and cutlery.