A Big Thank You!

When Spirit of America had need of a few more instruments for practicing over the winter months, three schools nearby generously loaned us everything we needed. Thanks to them, our new brass and woodwind players did not miss a beat in the preparations for our Summer 2010 tour. Many, many thanks to them for their generosity, and we wish them all the best in the upcoming season!

Jarrod Gorman, Band Director
Bishop Hendricken High School, Warwick, RI

Mark Colozzi, Band Director
Cranston East High School, Cranston, RI

Sebastian Bonaiuto, Music Director
Boston College, Boston, MA

Summer Tour 2010! Meet the Explorers

Spirit of America is home from its Exploration tour of Chicago, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, and Camillus, NY. It was incredible to work with so many eager young musicians, and to perform for these audiences across the country, spreading hope and inspiration through music.

This year’s show featured some new Explorers. Learn a little more about them here!
Ernest Shackelton (1874-1922) led four expeditions to Antarctica, trying to reach the South Pole.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) defined himself as one of the most recognized artists of the 20th century through his great evolution in styles and his prolific work.

Jean de Bethencourt (1362-1425) sold all his property to lead an expedition to the Canary Islands in 1402, gaining them for Castile.

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), American architect, interior designer, writer, teacher, and promoter of organic architecture, is known as the “greatest American architect of all time.”

Alexandrine Tinne (1835-1869), a Dutch explorer and photographer in Africa, was the first European woman to attempt to cross the Sahara, and joined in the search for the source of the Nile.

St. Gregory the Illuminator (257-331) overcame intense persecution and imprisonment, eventually converting Armenia from paganism to Christianity, and is now Armenia’s patron saint.

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) made solo flights across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and attempted to be the first woman to fly around the world.

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) made groundbreaking discoveries in motion and mechanics, discovered sunspots, invented the pendulum clock and telescope, among other things!

Martha Graham (1894-1991) liberated the art of dance, creating a new language of dance, choreography, costumes and design.

Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007) became the first woman to serve as prime minister of an Islamic country at age 35, and was killed two weeks before her re-election.

Sally Ride (b. 1951) became the first American woman (and the youngest American) to enter space in 1983 as a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7.

Narcissa Whitman (1808-1847) was one of the first European-American women to cross the Rockies. She co-founded the Protestant Whitman Mission in Walla Walla, WA.

Plato (428-328 BC) laid the foundations of science and natural and Western philosophy.

Steve Jobs (b. 1955) is the co-founder and former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, and co-founder and CEO of Apple, Inc.

Caveman (c. 3500 BC) invented the wheel.

Badri Teymourtash (1911-1989) was the first female Iranian doctor.

Farokhroo Parsa (1922-1980) was a physician, and the first female cabinet minister of an Iranian government.

Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948) was the pre-eminent spiritual and political leader of India and of the Indian Independence Movement.

Sacagawea (1787-1812 or 1884) joined Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition into the American west, with her baby strapped to a cradle board on her back.

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) began a new American art form of intimate, precise, and rich beauty, breaking free from the constraints of the artistic images of her day.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) became one of the most recognized and well-known scientists of the 20th century.

W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) was one of the most prolific and influential composers of the Classical period.

Ibn Battuta (1304-1368) was a Moroccan explorer, who traveled 75,000 miles around the Muslim world and beyond.

Neil Armstrong (b. 1930) is the first human being to walk on the moon.

Lewis and Clark led the “corps of volunteers for Northwestern Discovery” from 1804-1806: the first overland expedition in the U.S. to the Pacific Coast and back.

G.M. Hopkins (1844-1889) was a priest, teacher, and poet whose rhythms changed the world of poetry.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) founded the order of “The Missionaries of Charity,” and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an intensely private and personal poet from Amherst, Massachusetts, whose poetic genius was not recognized until years after her death.

Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) led the first expeditions to cross the Pacific Ocean and circumnavigate the Earth.

Leif Erikson (970-1020) was a Norse explorer, and the first European to land in North America.

Martha Stewart (b. 1941) has more influence over American food, entertainment, and décor than anyone else in history.

Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was an Englishwoman who made expeditions around the world, and chronicled them extensively.

Howard Carter (1874-1939) discovered and excavated the tomb of King Tut.