ICCS's Middle School Choir displayed their musical talents and enjoyed sightseeing during a three-day road trip to New Orleans last week. After a blessing from Cathedral pastor Fr. Robert Marshall Friday morning, the troupe, along with principal Karen Gephart and choir director Michaela Gibbons, loaded their bus and headed toward "The Big Easy." The group stopped to visit the interactive Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Miss. and the music studio at the nearby Delta Music Institute, where the choir recorded a song and 7th-grader Cole Carrier recorded a solo piano piece.
Saturday in New Orleans included a swamp tour, a performance at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, and a haunted museum tour. The singers and their chaperones ended a busy day with dinner on the Riverwalk and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Sunday morning was an early performance at St. Pius X Catholic Church followed by a tour of the Presbytere on Jackson Square to view Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina exhibits before heading back to Memphis. "The kids learned a lot about New Orleans culture," said choir director Michaela Gibbons, "and we had a great time."