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GRC grad going on European tour

June 25, 2012|By Katie Perkowski | The Winchester Sun

A recent George Rogers Clark High School graduate will soon add seven new countries to her passport pages, thanks to her long dedication to music.

Lindsey Hannan, a five-year veteran of the GRC Marching Band, is one of about 200 student musicians selected for the 2012 Kentucky Ambassadors of Music tour.

Hannan, whose musical focus is the flute, will leave today for an intensive, five-day rehearsal at the University of Louisville. Next week, she will leave for a 16-day tour of Europe.

“Its purpose is to provide students with an opportunity to sightsee and experience all the wonderful places we’re going and (experience) an unforgettable concert in each country,” she said.

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The musical tour will stop in England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and Germany. The program is designed as an “opportunity for musical honor students to perform and share their musical talents, while gaining cultural enrichment abroad,” a news release states.

Hannan expects the rehearsals this week to be intense.

“I’m expecting them to be long. There are three three-and-a-half-hour sessions per day,” she said. “And I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking to push myself to become a better musician, and I think this will help me do that.”

On the tour, she will get to see attractions including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and the crown jewels.

“I think it’s one of the touristy, sightseeing things that you would get to do no matter what, but I think what sets this apart is (rather) than just being able to know that you could go to Europe and see a lot of those things, is (the) access that you’re going to get to some of those places,” said Sherri Hannan, her mother. “And then to just be able to say that you performed there ... I mean, that just makes it a whole different level of an experience that I think you wouldn’t be able to get just as a tourist in Europe.”

Lindsey Hannan said she is a little nervous because it is her first time going overseas by herself, but she hopes to bring back a lot of pictures, memories and new friendships.

“Of course I’m going to bring back souvenirs, I just hope to have a good time, I want to play my flute, I want to sightsee and learn about European customs,” she said.

Sherri Hannan said the experience is like a reward for her daughter’s hard work and dedication to music throughout the years. She said it is also thanks to Yoo and others who have guided her in music.

“You know people that have placed opportunities in front of these students to be able to learn more than just music,” Sherri Hannan said. “It’s being able to represent your country in other countries and show how talented these young kids are.”

Sherri Hannan said she will worry while her daughter is gone, but it was too good of an opportunity for her to pass up.

“To be able to play ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ and ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ in front of Swiss people or French people or something, is the incredible experience,” Lindsey Hannan said.

Lindsey Hannan will start at Eastern Kentucky University in the fall to study nursing, where she will play in the marching band, too.

Frederick Speck, director of bands at the University of Louisville, and Kent Hatteberg, director of choral activities at UofL, will serve as music directors for the tour. On Friday, there will be two pre-tour concerts at Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music on the UofL campus.

Contact Katie Perkowski at kperkowski@winchestersun.com or follow her on Twitter, @TheSunKatie.

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