What were you most excited about before going to Rome?
Emmanuel: I was most excited about traveling with my band companions with whom I’ve had the honor of spending the last four years.
Eric: I was most excited to see the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. I learned about it in Christian History class and I was mesmerized by the pictures. I was so excited to view it in real life.
What was the best part of your trip?
Emmanuel: The best part of my trip were the tours and dinners with my band mates, especially the New Year’s Eve party in Rome.
Eric: The best part of the trip was visiting all the famous landmarks with my friends. We saw the Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Colosseum. I was so happy to go and spend time with my fellow seniors because I know we are not all going to same college and I am glad to have these memories.
What part of the trip was most impactful? What will you remember forever?
Emmanuel: I will remember my last marching show marching throughout the streets of Rome. Seeing the amount of people on those steps and all those people loving us and cheering us on…that I will remember forever.
Eric: I think the most impactful part was marching in the Rome New Year’s parade. I will remember marching with the whole band because they mean a lot to me and they are like my family. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Building Bridges.
Emmanuel (far right) and friends.