Three students bound for EuropeMusic ambassadors will leave July 3 and visit seven countries
Three Washington High School students will participate in the Iowa Ambassadors of Music European tour this summer.
Freshman Quinn Buckingham, daughter of Deb and Roger Buckingham, Freshman Lindsay Hippen, daughter of Joan and Chad Hippen, and Freshman Theresa Anders, daughter of Paul and Sarah Anders, are the three students going on the tour.
In order to be considered for the tour the students had to be nominated by a music teacher.
Buckingham plays clarinet. Washington High School band teacher Don Hughes nominated her.
Hippen plays the alto saxophone. Washington Middle School band teacher Craig McClenahan nominated her.
Anders sings soprano. Washington High School choir director Mike Jewell nominated her.
The girls will leave for Europe on July 3, according to a press release from the Iowa Ambassadors of Music Association. They will visit seven countries including England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein. They will perform in all of the counties except for Liechtenstein.
The band consists of 200 members from across Iowa, the press release said. Hippen and Buckingham both had to audition for their chair placement on May 17.
“I tried out with 16 different alto saxes in Iowa and got eighth chair,” Hippen said.
“I tried out with 30 other clarinets,” Buckingham said. “I got ninth chair.”
Anders had to sing for her audition.
“I had to sing ‘My Country Tis of Thee,’ sing some scales, and follow their claps [follow the beat],” Anders said.
She will perform as part of a 150-member choir.
When asked what they were looking forward to the most they all said “seeing the sights.”