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Flashback: Nebraska - Hastings High School and Middle School

Updated: Feb 27, 2021

Nebraska - the Great Plains.

Jeff Hoffman (guitar/vox), Keri Chryst (vox, comp) and Philippe Petit (piano, arrang) cross the pond at the invitation of Music Educator Rick Matticks to share "The French Connection" with local audiences of all ages.
Originally Posted by Keri Chryst on November 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM

To a native Frenchman like Philippe Petit it's as exotic as the plains of Africa. Flat vistas and nothing but corn and cattle as far as the eye can see. Still, it's not the scenery that really sets it apart - but rather the people. These no-nonsense warm hearted midwesterners welcomed us from the get go to the point where in no time at all we felt like family.

Artists in Residence

A typical day starts at 7:15 am where we meet in the dining room of the Kensington - once a fancy downtown hotel and now a lovely residence for older adults. They've generously leant the school their guest rooms on our behalf, and here Philippe gets his first taste of a typical American breakfast served hot and to order.

Our home-away-from-home - The Kensington - a hotel in its hay-day, now quality assisted living for local area residents.

We're picked up around 7:45 by one of two band directors - either our host Command Sergeant Major Rick Matticks, or his esteemed colleague Erin Beave - and taken to either the Middle or High School to get the day started.