Utah High School Band / Orchestra Arrives in Hawaii to Perform on Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary
Even though the miracle of theft happens every day, you never forget your first time.
So when students from Uintah High School in Vernal arrived at Salt Lake City International Airport on Thursday morning, you couldn’t fault some of them for maybe saying a little prayer asking for this miracle to continue. .
“I used to be afraid of heights,” one student told a classmate.
“I have never been on an airplane or an airport,” said another student.
“It’s a little scary but exciting,” said one student when asked.
Of course, when you go on a trip, those nerves are worth it.
“We’re going to Honolulu, Hawaii, and we’re going to play Pearl Harbor for the 80th memorial,” one of the students said.
Yes, Pearl Harbor.
And the Uintah High School band and orchestra were invited to perform at the parade and memorial service.
“We’re all so excited to be going,” said Lorenzo Crane, who plays the tenor saxophone. “We have been working for almost three years for this.
It took the students about the same time to raise the necessary funds.
“There was a lot of fundraising. We make the popular and world famous chocolate bars, ”Crane said with a laugh. “I don’t ever want to sell another chocolate bar again.”
Raising $ 2,400 for each student meant a lot of bars.
“Oh, I’m so tired of chocolate. I never thought I would say that. I’m a big guy, you know? I love chocolate, ”said Brian Gibson.
Gibson is the group and orchestra principal at Uintah High School and said that although there has been a lot of fundraising, the students have worked hard to raise funds.
He took on another band five years ago, but this time it’s very different.
“Hawaii still has pretty strict COVID rules in place, so they need to have a negative test or vaccine card,” Gibson said.
Even still, performing at Pearl Harbor to honor those who have died and remember a day that should never be forgotten makes the flight to there worth it.
“It’s kind of an honor to have the opportunity to do this,” said one student.
Even for those who were a little nervous about the theft.
“I’m very excited, actually, to be able to represent Utah and go to Hawaii, let’s be honest,” Crane said with a smile.
Sometimes to learn history you have to leave the classroom.
the Utah Bagpipe Group is also in Hawaii to perform as well as the American Heritage High School dance team.
They also arrived late Thursday afternoon with the intention of performing on Friday.