The Mountaineer Band and Jazz Band performed in Victoria on the weekend of May 21-23, 2005 for the Victoria Days Festival. We hope you enjoy the pictures and short stories on the following pages.
Also, Kati Schmidt, Band member and reporter for the school newspaper, "The Summit," wrote an article about the trip - see below.
Kati Schmidt, The Summit
What a sight to behold; 75 kilted students marching through downtown Victoria, British Columbia along with a group of sharply dressed Baker kids playing jazz next to the water. These scenes were the setting on Sunday and Monday, May 22-23. On Victoria weekend, the MBHS Mountaineer Band and Jazz Band traveled to Victoria, BC for the annual Victoria Day parade, as well as a performance on the causeway. The parade and holiday are in celebration of Queen Victoria.
The bands left early to make it on time for the 10:00 am ferry at the Tswassen ferry terminal, where all 78 students and chaperones fit into one bus for the ferry ride to Vancouver Island. The experience definitely left the bands feeling closer.
The bands had all day Saturday to explore Victoria. Sunday was a performance day for the Jazz Band and the Parade of Bands for Mountaineer Band. At the Parade of Bands, the Mountaineer Band performed 25 or 6 to 4 and the classic Loch Lomond. During Loch Lomond, the dancers danced the Highland Fling for the enjoyment of the crowd. While later on that day the Jazz Band performed on the causeway. After the Jazz Band performed, the students had the rest of the day to explore Victoria
After the parade on Monday, the Mountaineer Band took a picture in front of the parliament building; where Drum Major Amy Monsen became an international ambassador. Amy had her picture taken in full uniform with numerous foreigners. After the picture, about 60 students proceeded to the Odeon theater to see the new Star Wars movie: Revenge of The Sith. After the movie, it was back to the buses for a long ride home. The bands were lucky enough to catch the picturesque 8 o’clock ferry while the sun was just setting. This Victoria trip will last in the memories of Jazz Band and Mountaineer Band members for years to come.