ICHS band performs in Branson

Members of the Indian Creek High School Band, directed by Donald R. Llewellyn Jr. and Assistant Band Director Kent Howell traveled to Branson, Mo., from April 24-27 for the World of Music Branson Fest.

Eighty-nine of the 131 members participated in the “Branson Live” experience where more than 1,000 high school and junior high school students from across the United States performed music that weekend.

Branson is nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains and is America’s wholesome family entertainment capital. It attracts world-class entertainment and has 50 theaters, more than 100 shows and more than 56,000 theater seats – more than Broadway.

On April 25, the 22-member ICHS Jazz Band performed for more than 700 people on Showboat Branson Belle, the largest boat on any enclosed waterway in the United States and a showboat on Table Rock Lake.

The lake is landlocked by the Table Rock Dam on one side and the Beaver Lake Dam on the other side. Being a showboat, it hosts lunch and dinner shows throughout the year.

The jazz band opened for the world’s only aerialist/violinist, Janice Martin, who teamed up with the Showmen, five male vocalists and dancers, and host/comedian/magician Christopher James. At the end of the jazz band’s performance, the audience insisted on an encore piece, according to Llewellyn.

On April 26, the ICHS Marching Band performed at Silver Dollar City, an amusement park in an 1880s-themed experience. The marching band performed a 20-minute entertainment show for tourists at the opening of the park. During the trip, the students also experienced educational attractions such as Ride the Ducks, Branson Landing, Shanghi Theater, Ozark movie at IMAX Theater and the Titanic Museum.