The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 22, 2006

Students slated to take trip to New York, Washington, D.C., this summer

A student group formed by a few local band directors and musicians will become nomadic this summer on a 10-day trip to Washington D.C. and New York City.

The 52 members of Northwest Oklahoma Music Ambassadors and Directors (NOMAD) and their sponsors will embark on a trip in early June. They began practicing last week for scheduled performances in Central Park in New York City and at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Students in eighth- through 12th grade from Waller Junior High School, Kremlin-Hillsdale, Drummond, Enid High, Corn Bible Academy, Ringwood, Cimarron, Hennessey, Kingfisher, Alva, Perry, Pond Creek and Oklahoma Bible Academy were selected by their band directors to go on the trip.

Band directors David Toelle, Waller, Kaylene Toelle, Kremlin-Hillsdale, Chuck Belknap, Drummond, and Belknap’s wife, Linda, are sponsoring the trip and came up with the idea to go.

The Toelles have sponsored a number of band trips at the schools where they’ve taught and have taken two trips overseas with student musicians.

The Toelles served as sponsors and directors with the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music, which has performed in several countries in Europe under the leadership of the late Bob Costello, a friend of the Toelles.

The Toelles and the Belknaps dreamed up the idea of the trip and they hope to make the trip every three years.

Kaylene Toelle said students in the past have made memories and enjoyed performing in memorable venues.

“Performing at Central Park or the Eiffel Tower looks really good on a scholarship application,” Toelle said.

But the trip is about more than just musical performances. The trip will take the students to Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian, the Holocaust Museum, Jamestown, war memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Building and Ground Zero. Along the way, students will be encouraged to write in a journal to “remember how they felt.”

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