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Westview band travels to, performs in the Bahamas

Sixty-three members of the Westview High School Music Department were recently given the opportunity to travel to the Bahamas and perform onboard Royal Caribbean’s “Majesty of the Seas.”

A combination of Westview High School band and choir members prepared a 45-minute show titled “100 Years of Broadway,” which included 44 different songs from Broadway musicals. The ensemble of instrumentalist and vocalists performed in the “Chorus Line Theater,” which is the ship’s main theater.

The group was accompanied on the trip by a number of chaperones, as well as Mike Brown, the band director, and Jill Hamm, the choir director. During the trip, the group spent five days on board the 12-deck “Majesty of the Seas,” with stops on the islands of Nassau and Coco Cay.

While on the island of Nassau, the group enjoyed a three-hour guided bus tour of the island, where they learned the history and culture of the Bahamas as well as seeing the all the sights that Nassau has to offer.

The group capped off the day by visiting the famous “Straw Market,” where many students and adults were able to bargain with the native Bahamians for souvenirs. Their journey began at Coco Beach, Fla., with a visit to Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, and the trip ended when the ship returned to Port Canaveral, Fla.

The group was also able to enjoy entertainment on board the ship every day, fine dining every evening, and, of course, all of the sun and warm weather that they could want.

The Westview High School Music Department takes a major trip once every four years.