Goliad band student to tour Europe with all-star symphony
Nov. 14, 2011 at 5:14 a.m.
Updated Nov. 15, 2011 at 5:15 a.m.
A student at Goliad High School will travel to England and France over the summer as a part of the Texas All-Star International Wind Symphony.
Matthew Bruns, a sophomore, has been studying bassoon privately with John Upchurch for 14 months and is under the direction of Jason Howard in the Goliad Tiger Band. He also plays trombone with the Jazz Band and baritone during marching season.
Matthew's goal is to study music in college and to one day be a professional bassoonist.
The invitation to be apart of the Wind Symphony was extended to less than 1 percent of high school student musicians in Texas.
At the end of June, Matthew will attend three days of intense rehearsals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to prepare for the performances in England and France. Before departing for London, the Wind Symphony will have a Bon Voyage Concert open to the public.
Upon arrival, he will have a full day of rehearsals at the Royal College of Music. There, the group also will hold a concert and see some historic sites.
Some of opportunities Matthew will experience include the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. After a day of sightseeing, he will then continue on to France to prepare for a Fourth of July concert at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach.
Matthew will spend the day in Normandy performing and exploring.
Departing Normandy, he will continue on to Paris to conclude his trip as part of the Texas All-Star International Wind Symphony. There, he will get the opportunity to visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and The Church of Notre Dame.
Matthew is the son of James and Allyson Bruns, of Goliad. He is the grandson of Debbie Sturm, of Yorktown, and Ken and Barbara Bruns, of Victoria.