Bloomingdale Chorus Begins School Year On A High Note At Rays Game

By Tamas Mondovics

Since the opening of its doors more than 25 years ago, Bloomingdale High School has had no shortage of success stories, resulting from the hard work and dedication on the part of its teachers and student-body.

One of the many ways through, which the school has earned both respect and the attention of the community, is its music department that features the marching band, color guard, orchestra as well as the Bloomingdale HS chorus.

In harmony with its Motto of “Make music.  Make memories.  Make a difference!” chorus director, Jason Locker, who is starting his third year at Bloomingdale, emphasized that the 275-member Bloomingdale Chorus is ready and looking forward to another strong, busy and eventful year.

“We are bigger and better than ever,” Locker said. “We are a large and spirited group.”

It is noteworthy that while the Bloomingdale chorus does not compete locally, the large group does take part in countless local events, including a number of holiday performances, not to mention multiple appearances at the Rays baseball game held at Tropicana Field.

Locker emphasized that thanks to the departments skill level, the Bloomingdale chorus had the privilege of enjoying multiple performances at the Walt Disney World Candlelight procession.

Of course, as it is the case with all departments, the smooth and successful function of the Bloomingdale HS chorus does not come cheap. It is mainly cared for through local fundraisers supported by the students, the parents as well as the community. Locker emphasized the benefits of the department’s overseas performances in China and England, as well as the upcoming trip the department has made plans to attend in Rome. “I feel that these kinds of experiences are more important to focus on as they create memories that the students will treasure forever,” Locker said.

To support the Bloomingdale High School Chorus, please visit www.bloomingdalechorus.com, or call

744-8018 ext. 281. For more information about Bloomingdale High School, visit  www.bloomingdale.mysdhc.org.