It goes by many names: officially, it’s the music adjudication trip; informally, it’s the band trip (much to the chagrin of our choir director); affectionately, it’s BTXIV-Band Trip ’14, the Wilton High School music department’s latest trek into the vast land of symphonic competition, itchy hotel pillows, and trashy theme parks. For a brief weekend in late April, Wilton’s most musically gifted students and their directors (and some truly selfless chaperones) depart from our dear hometown — instruments and concert attire and suitcases of snacks in tow — and hope to return with a trophy, or 10, and more than a few coveted “Superior” ratings.
But this isn’t just the FCIACs or state championships for the oft-forgotten artists — our annual performances, and our success, confirm the legitimacy of the music program at the high school. And when it comes to budget slashing, what’s going to go first? The lacrosse sticks or the drumsticks? Exactly.