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Disney Bound!

Rising before the sun, 170 Eastern musicians made their way to terminal A1 at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Mallets, violins, and tubas in tow, these music students prepared to share their songs, advance their skills, and most importantly, have fun! 
“The planning has taken a year,” shares Mr. Boelkins, one of the masterminds behind the experience. “There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make it happen,” he commented this morning. “It’s a real relief to get in the air, to know that it’s really happening.” 
Photo Courtesy of Natalie Mouw
First, of the five-day trip, today started with the two-hour flight to Sanford, Florida. “It took a while for us to get going, as the plane had to be de-iced, but the wait was worth it,” Leandra Swanson, a violist from the class of 2023. 
Many students have been waiting a long time for this trip – four years, even, for the seniors. “I’m really excited to get out of Michigan,” Gabby Lee shares, “It feels like I’ve been here for 20 billion years.” This is a common sentiment for cooped-up Michiganders in winter, especially during the past two years. Thankfully, this trip will provide some respite. 
After the planes land, the rest of the day is dedicated to the Animal Kingdom. Sophomore choir student Tessa Stanley gave her outlook for the trip early this morning: “I’m so excited, I’ve never ridden a roller coaster before. I’m ready to do a bunch of new things and make new memories!” 
As someone who has enjoyed this trip on many occasions, Mr. Boelkins radiated his anticipation for the days ahead: “Each year, when I come back on Tuesday, I’m ready to go again.”  
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