Megan Walls, second from right, of Ticonderoga, a graduate music student at Illinois State University, organized a concert by the Snow Bones Trombone Ensemble to benefit the Moriah Central School women’s chorus, which is raising money for a trip and performance at Disney World this spring.
Megan Walls has always marched to the beat of a different...trombonist.
The trombone player earned a bachelor’s degree in music at the College of Saint Rose and is now pursuing a master’s at Illinois State.
She came home for the holidays, bringing a group of friends — the Snow Bones Trombone Ensemble.
The ensemble visited Ticonderoga High School, St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga, Willsboro Central School and Westport Central School performing an working with students. The group also presented a concert at St. Mary’s Church in Ticonderoga to benefit the Moriah Central School women’s chorus, which is raising money for a trip and performance at Disney World this spring.
Students are special to Walls, who hopes to become a music teacher.
“I realize how much my time at Ti High shaped my life,” Walls said. “It opened doors I never knew existed. It game me great experiences I’ll treasure for life.”
Walls singled out Nelson Shapiro, Ti High music teacher, and Deb Breitenbach, Ti High English instructor, as being special people.
“They believed in me and helped me believe in me,” Walls said.
Walls has applied to the U.S. Department of Defense education office in hopes of being hired to teach at an American military base overseas next year.
“I want to teach outside the U.S. for a couple of years,” Walls said. “I think it would be a great experience.”
For now, Walls is happy to help local students.
The Snow Bones Trombone Ensemble consisted of 12 trombones and a percussionist. The group formed after Walls sent out an Email asking for volunteers. There were five from the College of Saint Rose, two from the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam), two from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), three from Illinois State University and one from the University of Southern Florida. All are majoring in music education, trombone performance, jazz trombone performance and music industry at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.
Each member of ensemble received the music for the local tour in November, but the group didn’t meet each other until Dec. 17. They spent eight hours that day rehearsing and four more hours the next day.
“They were long days,” Walls said.
The Moriah Central School women’s choir has been selected to perform at Disney in Orlando, Fla., as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program.
The Moriah women’s choir features 25 students in grades 7 to 12 under the direction of April Reeder. As part of the Disney Performing Arts Program, the Moriah singers will travel to Disney World and perform on stage for visitors to the theme park.
The performance at Disney will require a lot of rehearsals — and money. The Moriah choir must raise about $28,000 to cover the costs of the trip.
Reeder and Walls are friends.
“April was so excited the day she found out that the girls had made it through the audition, I wasn’t allowed to move before she had told me the whole story,” Walls said. “She was glowing and extremely proud of what her kids had accomplished.”
Walls promised Reeder she would help in any way possible.
“We were at a conference a couple weeks before school started and we were talking about the fundraisers and what the kids were doing currently to raise money,” Walls recalled. “I told her then that if there was a Snow Bones concert that winter, I wasn’t even sure if we had a group at that point, that we would do it as a benefit concert for the chorus.”