18 players, 5 chaperones, and marimba music was what one week was about for the Holy Cross/IHM Marimba Ensemble. The ensemble took off for a week long trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They were joined by the San Gabriel Mission Marimba Ensemble, a brand new ensemble with just one year of history, but also with a lot of aspirations to excel in their marimba group in San Gabriel, California. This week long trip brought many surprises for both groups.
The Ensembles were meant to meet the next day for a practice to make sure the music that would be played collaboratively would not present problems on concert days. The practice did not end up happening, and there was nervousness as to how the music would come out. On the first gig, the groups played making very little minor mistakes. The groups then resumed to play three perfect concerts despite not practicing once. It was a showcase of skill and hope that no obstacle will come across a great performance.
Both groups toured Ft, Lauderdale Florida’s oceanic views and went through a meditation day in Stone Mountain, Georgia where they visited the Martin Luther King Jr museum and climbed Stone Mountain. They finished their last concert in front of an energized crowd cheering for the music of both ensembles. Both ensembles were asked to share their dream to the crowd in Corpus Cristi Parish. 18 powerful dreams being said in person not only gives people thoughts of support, but makes them think of the power of youth and young leaders have.
Connections make life more beautiful. Some understand, and some are just discovering what these connections are all about. Sometimes, the reason for connections are unknown and take time to understand why. Although, why must it make sense? As long as there is happiness, maybe they don’t have to make sense. Both groups shared smiles as they went through this week long trip, why question happiness and instead relish the moment? It was a trip that showed the evolution not only of the Holy Cross/ Marimba Ensemble, but of two marimba ensembles and connections in life. These words were said last year as well, and that is that the future looks bright. Throughout everything, there is always more good than bad, no matter what the circumstance may be. Alone, you’re great, but connecting makes everything so much better.