In the summer, students work, go to camp, take a sumer class, play sports, go down the shore, go on vacation, and do other fun activities. However, nothing beats Kate Parker’s summer. Over the summer, Kate Parker, a junior at Governor Livingston, traveled to Chicago and Milwaukee to attend music festivals and play and perform on the same huge stages that well-known bands played on.
The first time Kate went to Chicago this summer, she traveled with her music school, School of Rock. The band played a show there on a large stage in front of a big audience. She mostly played classic rock songs like “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel and “Proud Mary” by Ike and Tina Turner, and her favorite song to perform was “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse. Besides performing, Kate was able to explore Chicago with her friends from the band and watch other talented musicians perform from all over the US, including California, Florida, and Kansas, and even from Canada and Mexico.
After spending time in Chicago, Kate and the School of Rock band set out for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the music school played more songs in a competition against other School of Rock bands. Again, Kate and her music school were able to sing and perform on large stages at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival (It attracts almost one million people each year). Kate’s music school/band had more free time in Milwaukee than in Chicago, so they were able to relax, hangout, and become closer with each other on-and-off the stage. She was with other students from GL, such as Teddy Cole, a junior, and Andrew Pacheco, who graduated last year.
On her second visit to Chicago, Kate went to Lallapalooza, an annual music festival with over 100 thousand attendants. Lallapalooza features popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. She was able to attend all three days of the music festival, and enjoyed seeing Childish Gambino, Cage the Elephant, and Outkast, some of her favorite bands there.
Kate says that her favorite part about the summer experience touring and performing major musical areas was “being able to share something that I worked really hard on with people I really care about.” Kate had an amazing and unique adventure that many people are not able to experience, and shares that “the worst part, as cheesy at it sounds, was it being over!”