"They were just really awesome, very good group of kids. We got many compliments from the tour guides as our kids went through on how respectful they were...they just really know how to have a good time," said Mabel-Canton band instructor Katie Larson.

Larson updated the school board on the experiences she and 31 students, in grades seventh through 12, had on their four-day trip to Nashville, Tenn., during the board meeting last Tuesday evening. The students traveled to Nashville on Monday, June 9, and rolled back into Mabel at 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 14.

Students were able to experience a diverse amount of musical culture on the trip.

Larson said students were able to tour Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. "The kids got to do audio tours at Graceland, go through Graceland and hit every souvenir of Elvis you can think of..." she shared.

At the Grand Olde Opry, students were able to observe multiple music acts including country, bluegrass and a harmonica act. "The kids loved it...there was a little bit of everything," Larson said.

Students performed at Vanderbilt University for Dr. Dwayne Sagen. "It was really awesome to perform for him, he gave us great critiques and things to work on." Larson said the students showed constant improvement through the performance.

Students continued with more tours including RCA Studio B, where students and Larson were able sit at the same piano bench as Elvis Presley did at one time.

Students then continued with a tour of the Grand Olde Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"Thank you very much for allowing us to take this trip," Larson said to the board. She said she hopes to offer similar trips every three years so students can have the experience twice in their high school career.