Paris, Day 1 (May 31-June 1)

I am happy to say that we have arrived in beautiful Paris! The weather was warm here today, so we stuck to the shade in the parks and along the River Seine. With me today are two of my close friends from home, Miss Caroline and Miss Kait. Miss Kait’s sister, Miss Morgan, will be joining us on Monday. These wonderful people have come along to Paris for a vacation, as well as to watch our concert in Normandy on June 6th. Kids, when you are adults, find awesome friends who like to travel! 🙂 Also with me today were two other music teacher friends, Mr. Pedro (tenor sax) and Ms. Davis (alto sax). They will be performing in the band as well!

We took a long walk in the afternoon and ended it at Notre Dame Cathedral. You can’t get close to it, as they are beginning the long recovery process after the terrible fire that they had on Marathon Monday. It was heartbreaking to see the devastation to this beautiful and important place in Paris. We stayed at the outskirts of the church for a while and stared in disbelief. I come to Paris about once or twice per year, so this was a shocking site to see. The roof is completely gone, and they have temporary windows on the outside of the building. It was eerie to see so much transparency through the architecture. As we looked at it, we were reminded how lucky it is that the entire cathedral was not lost.

We are very jet-lagged and tired! I will write again soon. Mr. Sexauer and his father, Mr. (Pete) Sexauer, will be joining our crew tomorrow! Thanks for reading, friends!

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Hundreds of people sitting under the shade of the Luxembourg Gardens trees.
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Cafe de Flore, a famous Parisian cafe!
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Seine Riverboat
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Notre Dame from the south side.
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Zoomed in shot of the scaffolding and repair work.
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A heartbreaking image of flowers (now dried) placed at the perimeter of the cathedral area.
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A completely changed view of the church.

Published by Allison Lacasse

Allison Lacasse has been appointed as Band Director at Belmont High School beginning in 2019. She began her career as a music teacher at South Row School in Chelmsford, MA, and then became the Band Director McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, as well as the Associate Band Director for the Chelmsford High School Band Program. In 2018, Allison made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Chelmsford All Town Wind Ensemble, a group she founded. Allison maintains a flute studio of over a dozen flutists. Allison hosts an annual summer flute camp for beginner and intermediate flutists in Chelmsford, and is the artistic director for the URI Summer Music Academy Chamber Music Intensive camp. Allison is an active orchestral flutist and chamber musician in the Greater Boston area. She has performed on flute & piccolo for a number of local orchestras, including the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, New Hampshire Philharmonic, South County Chamber Orchestra, among others. She has performed in notable performance spaces such as Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall. She performed in the New York University Summer Chamber Music Institute in 2010 with the Quintet of the Americas. Allison was a student in the Fellowship program of the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival held at Juilliard in the summer of 2012. In 2015, Allison performed as principal flute in the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Onstage at Symphony program. Allison received Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Rhode Island (2007), a Master of Education degree from Cambridge College (2009), and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the American Band College with Central Washington University (2018). Allison was a semifinalist for the 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. In 2018, Allison was selected among her peers for the Music Advocacy Award from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.

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