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CHS Musicians Represent in Europe on AMA Gold Tour

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Image courtesy of Chris Gnagey

Image courtesy of Chris Gnagey

Image courtesy of Chris Gnagey

Adam Carroll, Staff

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Musicians from CHS had the biggest representation in a group from five states that toured around Europe this past summer. 

In total, 20 Catonsville students traveled on the three-week American Music Abroad Gold Tour, featuring band, orchestra, and chorus students from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. While there, they performed in seven concerts and toured different places in Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, and Germany. They made up about one-fifth of the whole musical group. 

Sophomore clarinetist Jonathan Sardin said the trip caused him to grow musically. 

“(T)here was a huge clarinet section,” he said. “So for me, being surrounded by all these great musicians just made me better and I was able to get a lot of tips from them.” 

CHS band director Chris Gnagey has been involved with the program for six years and accompanied the students for this trip. Gnagey described the trip as an amazing opportunity for students who participate. 

“The trip is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s an amazing musical cultural experience since we’re touring 4-6 countries for three weeks. It’s an amazing musical experience because we’re performing concerts all across Europe for very appreciative audiences and in excellent concert venues,” Gnagey said. 

Some students took advantage of this great opportunity because they wanted to experience Europe while improving their music skills. Junior Lucas Gorlin Tarbell, who plays string base, had never been there before. 

“It sounded very interesting, and I was excited to go there,” Gorlin Tarbell said. “I wanted to see Croatia especially, but also Austria and everywhere else was gorgeous,”  

Sophomore Zach Einolf explained how the different cultures made the trip more interesting and was very surprised at some of the ways America and Europe differ. 

“They don’t eat pizza with their hands; you have to eat with a fork and knife or you’re shunned for it,” he said.  “And you have to pay to use the bathroom.” 

Although they were in the middle of Europe for weeks, they did take some of America with them. Gnagey conducted mainly American music during the trip. 

“I conducted selections from the Lion King and Heart of Madness, which was written by my good friend and Baltimore composer, Mark Lortz,” he said. 

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