Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Big Budah visits Springville High School

This week Fox 13 Good Day Utah chose Springville High School as its "Cool School of the Week." Big Budah spent the morning with students and featured the marquee programs at SHS. Budah spent time with and featured the cheer squad, drill team, choir, and the Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra played Pirates of the Caribbean and impressed Budah, producers, and anchors Keri Cronk and Dan Evans. Impressed, the Fox 13 folks decided to tape two 60 second promos of the orchestra and the choir to show on the 5 o'clock news later in the day. All in all, the orchestra received just over 4 minutes of time on Fox today!

Honestly, when I watch the "Cool School of the Week" segments on Wednesday mornings, I always say to myself (out loud sometimes), "Suckers!!! You had to get up at 4:00 am to do a handful of 60 second segments." Well, as one of my students declared, "It is reverse Karma." I admit that I was not looking forward to getting up at 4:00 for a 5:30 am call time. I am sure that the orchestra kids did not want to show up at 5:30 either; however, they showed up, worked hard, and played very well. The orchestra received complements from Budah and anchors Keri and Dan. In fact, Budah mentioned to me after the broadcast that he thought the Philharmonic Orchestra was the best orchestra he has heard in the nearly 300 schools he has visited in six years of doing "Cool School." Budah's kind words and the extra 60 second segment made the 5:30 am call time worth it. When he announced to the orchestra that the producers wanted to do an extra 60 second spot for a 5:00 pm news promo, the kids were visibly stoked and excited. I definitely had a good time this morning.

You can click on the link below to see the orchestra's segment on Fox 13 Good Day Utah.

Big Budah and The Springville High School Philharmonic Orchestra



  1. As always, your orchestra sounded fantastic! It really was a great honor to play for you my senior year. And your advice was invaluable while I was a first year orchestra teacher... Thank you!


    Patty Ito Bartholomew

  2. Wow Sam they sound great! And that's way cool that you guys got to be on the news! How exciting!! But I agree... 5 AM is way too early! :) Hope you and Trish are doing well! I love you and miss you guys!!


  3. Awesome clip!! Thank you for the link!

  4. Wish I could go to a live concert, Sam, they sound wonderful!