I got the chance to go to Banff this year for a choir trip, which was such amazing experience. I’m actually writing this the day we got back just to make sure I can remember everything! To greatly simplify the trip, our choir and vocal jazz ensemble traveled 12 hours to and from Banff, Alberta, for the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival of 2013. We performed songs as an ensemble in front of an audience of other choirs, bands, and our adjudicators. Eugene Rogers, the composer of one of concert choir’s songs, Jenga Imani Yako, was one of our adjudicators and got to judge his own song which we performed. That was a very cool experience for us, as was watching a feature concert involving a song all about hockey and seeing the amazing Count Basie Orchestra. We took part in two great clinics too- one for concert choir and one for vocal jazz. Being in an environment with people from all over Canada that enjoy the same things I do was an incomparable experience, mainly because of just how kind and friendly everyone was with each other, even in competition. I would definitely go again next year if I get the chance!