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Thailand Mission Trip in Need of Funds


By: Jessica N.

On March 9th, Andrews Academy Silhouettes and String Orchestra will be boarding a plane to Thailand. After a 22-hour flight and a 3-hour layover in Dubai they will land in Bangkok.

“The goal of the trip is to be missionaries spreading God’s love through music,” says music teacher Hector Flores. For 10 days they will be performing at different venues such as churches, schools, and hospitals. Jeannie Leiterman, principal of Andrews Academy, will be joining the group on their trip.


Silhouettes, AA’s select choir, performs at the Paw Paw SDA church, January 16.

While in Thailand the group will spend time exploring the beautiful countryside and famous landmarks as well as enjoying the warm weather. Flores plans on taking the group on a boat ride around Phuket Island.

Flores’ connection with Thailand started when a previous music teacher at Andrews Academy, Mr. Karlton Keller, called asking for old recordings from the school. The two soon made plans to have the music groups make a trip to Thailand during spring break.

A trip like this is not easy to put together and requires much time and planning, as well as significant funding. Each student must raise 1,500 dollars. And although 53 students will be making the trip, those funds are barely enough to cover all expenses.

Offerings from local community churches during performances have provided additional funding, but more is still needed as the departure date approaches.

Students who cannot raise enough money are feeling the pressure of not making the trip to Thailand. Flores has provided prewritten letters for the students to send to family members and friends. Many students have been proactive, sending as many letters as possible, while others have been slack in their fundraising. In the past Flores would never leave students behind because of financial problems, but he says this year may be different due to the lack of effort from many of the students.

Although money is a big issue, Director Flores says the biggest challenge is dealing with the long distance planning that he is not able to supervise. He is asking for prayers that everything will go smoothly.

Anyone wishing to contribute to tour expenses is encouraged to contact Mr. Flores through Andrews Academy’s front office.


Music Groups Prepare for Christmas Concerts


This is a busy season for music groups. Two Christmas concerts are just around the corner: Feast of Lights and the Christmas Pops concert.  Students walking the halls can hear music From chorale, band, orchestra or bells as those groups prepare for the year’s biggest concerts.

Every year Andrews Academy gives a gift of music to the community through the Feast of Lights program, a celebration in music of the Christmas story. Feast of Lights will take place in the Pioneer Memorial Church sanctuary this Friday evening at 7:00.  It is a free program.

In addition to Feast of Lights, there is a new concert this year.  The Christmas Pops concert is going to be performed by AA students on December 10 in the Howard Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Mr. Flores, Orchestra, String Orchestra, Chorale and Silhouette are preparing for the concerts. And under the direction of Mr. Graves, Band and Bell groups are practicing every day in anticipation of the performance.




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