Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2001

Cardinal Regiment spends spring break with old big ears

April 12, 2001

Though the Eudora High Cardinal Regiment spent its spring break in the chad-home state of Florida, band director Rob Foster said the trip was a success and the kids were all right.

The band and the Cardinal Regiment drill team traveled by charter buses to Orlando, Fla., where they stayed March 22-27. The group also went to Epcot Center, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. In addition, the students spent half a day at Coco Beach and ventured to the Kennedy Space Center.

However, the band's main purpose was to perform at Disney World.

"We performed the Beach Boys show we did during the marching band season," Foster said. "It's kind of exciting performing for thousands of people."

Though not many were in the audience when senior Solveig Madsen put on her performance with the drill team, she said the experience to Disney World was fun. A far cry from her home in Denmark

"I thought it was really cool and it was a lot different than Kansas," she said. "It was a total other experience. I guess all the kids dream to go to Disney World and stand beside Mickey Mouse. It's funny."

Foster said the group was well behaved and had little problems, including no injuries and no breakdowns.

"The trip was awesome," he said. "I've been going on band trips now 15 or 20 years. This was by far the smoothest band trip I've ever gone on."

The bandleader attributed much of the success to the 10 chaperones who went along. Foster said the organization by Rob Claggett, along with the assistance of Bonnie Neis and Vicki Johnson, were some who helped make the trip run smoothly. To provide for the students, chaperones could be reached on the hour with first aid bags if needed. Plus, chaperones had night duty to ensure a tight ship.

However, Foster had nothing but praise for the attitude of the students.

"Our kids stayed in their rooms and were perfect ladies and gentlemen," Foster said. "I think that is truly an attribute to the standards of Eudora High."

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