The Windham Ashland Jewett Central School Band took their talents across state lines as they were selected to perform the national anthem for the Cleveland Indians on Friday, May 27th. Many months of practice paid off as they were welcomed with a standing ovation when introduced on a beautiful afternoon at Progressive Field. “It was a fantastic experience and an opportunity for the WAJ music program to showcase our abilities on grander stage than the local environment,” said senior trumpet player, Zach Malegiannakis. This honor of playing the anthem during the game known to be America’s pastime is an occasion that everyone will remember in years to come.
To make their trip even more memorable, the band members stayed in the city for 2 nights and three days, allowing themselves to visit the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as spend their well-deserved free time at the Sandusky Amusement Park, where they enjoyed riding rollercoasters and spending time with their friends. Although their bus trip was almost a day’s length, all the band members can agree that it was worth the wait. The trip to Cleveland was a home run for all. The band students and their parents are grateful to the Windham Foundation for making this trip a reality.