Band Director Christina Roberts and the Troy Christian band students created an entertaining video in December for the Logan's Roadhouse "Christmas Wish" Music Grant for Students. They won the grant for $1,250 to purchase a new drum set. But Logan's had a lot more in mind and a lot of surprises for our students. (TC was one of 22 grant recipients out of 850 applicants from 23 states.)
Top executives for the restaurant surprised our band students with a chartered bus trip to Nashville for an experience of a lifetime in "Music City." Our band was the only high school band that was asked to perform at the Logan's Roadhouse general managers annual conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on March 28-30.
At the end of the performance, the crowd of approx. 400 attendees exploded with applause and the band received a standing ovation! It was a very moving experience. There were lots of tears from parents, and from event coordinators who fell in love with our band.
Then....Logan's Roadhouse surprised the students again with an additional check for $1,000.
The night before their big performance, the band, along with school chaperones and some parents, all received a night at the Grand Ole Opry to hear a private concert with Country Musician Jerrod Niemann. They even got to meet Jerrod, who encouraged them as young musicians!
The Nashville experience also included a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame, line dancing at the Wild Horse Saloon. a tour of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, a tour of Bridgestone Stadium and a visit to the Parthenon in Centennial Park. A real highlight, though, was recording in the RCA Studio B where icons of the music industry, such as Elvis Presley, recorded their albums. Our TC band students made their own CD in Studio B!
Touring around downtown Nashville was fun....especially the Goo Goo Cluster store. We saw lots of statues of Elvis...and horses. Here's a picture of Mrs. Roberts outside of the famous "Tooties" Honky Tonk:
Here's a picture of the students learning about Athena inside the Parthenon. Can you see how big this statue is compared to the students sitting on the floor? It was impressive.
Thank you Logan's Roadhouse for an experience our band students will never forget. Each of the students said their favorite part was performing for Logan's...with their shiny new drum set!