Arnold Elementary's gymnasium boomed with brass and strings on Friday morning to the tunes of Katy Perry's "Fireworks."
Music director Mike Tayman told 5th grade students about the orchestra's trips this year across the county—from FutureCare to play for senior citizens, and to the Marley Station Mall to play for an even larger audience. They'll also be taking a trip to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg in the future.
Tayman encouraged younger musicians to keep at it, as it only gets better.
"What you find in music is that if you keep playing, things just keep getting better and better," he said.
Students also heard performances from the middle school's women's chorus and the jazz band, many of whom attended the elementary schools they were touring. It was a reunion for several students, who greeted and hugged their former teachers.
The function of the tour, apart from enjoying the music, was to demonstrate to elementary students the kind of music program they'll have access to in middle school, should they pursue it.