by Sophia Rich
Spangle, Wash., November 28, 2012 - Members of Upper Columbia Academy’s Band, Orchestra, and Choraliers went to Yakima last weekend, November 2-3, for the first band tour of the 2012-2013 school year. The buses took off from UCA around 7 a.m. on Friday in order to get to their first performance at Yakima Adventist Christian School by 10:45 a.m. They performed a variety of sacred and secular songs for the students including “America” from West Side Story, “Shepherd’s Hey,” “Draw Up the Water,” “I Can Tell the World,” and others. Staying in the homes of local Yakima church members was a real blessing to the students, many of whom were going to boarding school for the first time and were really missing home. The kind families provided dinner, worship, and a warm place to sleep and the students at UCA wish to thank everyone again for opening their homes to them.
The second performance was on Sabbath, November 3, at 11 a.m. at the Yakima 35th Avenue Church. Later that day, at 5 p.m., UCA’s music groups finished off their first tour of the season by preforming for vespers at the All Nation’s Center. Band, Orchestra, and Choraliers performed together for the spectacular song, “Grace” which was one of the highlights of each concert. The Octet's song "Walk Together Children" was another highlight. Despite a few mishaps which included all of the instruments going out of tune during the 35th Avenue Church performance due to a sudden change in temperature, the tour went well and everyone had a good time. The music groups returned to UCA around 11 p.m. Saturday night, safe and sound.
One of the many things UCA music students learn when they go on music tours is that it is not all about talent and being the best at everything or even recruiting for the school. "Music is one of the highest forms of praise we can give to God," says Dean Kravig, UCA's band director. “The true purpose of music tours is sharing God's love and praising Him through music.”