MHS musicians touring Europe


Pali Jordan, left, and Garrett Taylor will be touring Europe as music ambassadors. Also going is April Forman.Three Madras High School musicians will soon be embarking on a 16-day tour of Europe with the Oregon Ambassadors of Music group.

Tuba player Garrett Taylor, alto sax player Pali Kaloi Jordan, and oboe player April Forman were nominated by MHS band director Mike Preston to be eligible for the trip. The Oregon Ambassadors of Music players give performances at city parks and churches throughout Europe.

The three will fly out of Portland July 3, and their first performance will be July 5, in London. Other concerts will be given July 9 in Paris, July 11 in Switzerland, July 14 in Austria, and July 17 in Germany.

“This is the first time I’ve been out of the country. I’ve wanted to go ever since my older brother Evan went, and it seemed like a fun thing to do,” said Taylor.

There are six of us tuba players, and 150 in the whole group from Oregon. We’ve gotten together once in May to try out for parts and go over music,” he said, noting they will be playing marches, patriotic songs, big band and swing music.

He said there were only five concerts, so there will also be a lot of time for sightseeing.

Taylor’s parents told Kaloi Jordan’s parents about the program, which got her interested.

“I’ve been going to band camp and loved the places it’s taken me and the people I met. “I’v e been to Europe before, but now I get to go to different places with a bunch of band kids and it will be great,” she said. Previously she visited Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

“We will be playing in five countries and visiting two others – Lichtenstein and Venice, Italy,” she added.

Forman said she’s never been to Europe and can’t wait to see something other than Madras.

Of the sightseeing, she said, “We might have the change to see Dachau (concentration camp) and I was in a Holocaust class this year and think it would be really interesting. And I really want to go up the Eiffel Tower.”

Besides being selected, students must raise $6,000 each to go on the trip, and the MHS delegates have been holding fundraisers since last summer.

Forman has been holding an ongoing can drive as a fundraiser. Anyone with cans to donate can call 541-475-6397, or drop them by at 74 S.E. Hillcrest St., Madras.

Kaloi Jordan sold homebaked cookies to raise money. For $100, her 14 clients got three dozen cookies delivered once a month.

Their last fundraiser will be a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 21 and 22, at 1506 S.E. Koyoda St., Madras (across from the Dollar Store). Donated items are being accepted for the sale. Contact Ramona Kaloi at 541-777-0506 for information.