Text by Maggie Baird ’18
Photos by members of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble
As the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble prepares for its spring concert, Saturday, May 6, 8 pm, DCWE member Maggie Baird ’18 looks back on the trip that got the group fired up for this spring’s power-packed concert program.
In the break between winter and spring terms, the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble and members of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble travelled to Costa Rica for an incredible week of music-making and movement. The groups performed fives times both alone and with other groups around the country. They sat in on rehearsals with ensembles from the University of Costa Rica and the Costa Rica National Institute of Music. Mentorship programs at the Country Day School and UCR Puntarenas Pre-College programs highlighted the service aspect of the trip. Still, the students made time to enjoy the country and go zip-lining! It was an intense, wonderful trip full of new friendships, long days of practice, and truly rewarding cultural exchange.
Maggie Baird is an ’18 from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She is a linguistics major and a theatre minor,and she is determined to have her picture in as many places in the Hop as possible. When she is not in class or working at the Hop, she can be found 95% of the time in Paddock Music Library, which is a great place to study and avoid practicing the trombone.