This past Saturday, members of the Van-Far Choir traveled to Independence, Missouri to perform the National Anthem at a Missouri Mavericks hockey game.
Van-Far High School music teacher Alex Cucciarre organized this day trip in October with Mavericks representative Jared Reid.
Choir members in attendance were Madalyn Cole, Sharon Baur, Cole Grimes, Makayla Vigil, Morgan McDowell, Ashley Stanich, Maddie Dunn, Baileigh Lucas, Madison Swank, Colin Wilburn, Dylan Grimes, and Brendan Flowers.
The students received a behind the scenes tour of the Silverstein Eye Center, where the Mavericks play, a few free gifts, and a player “Meet-and-Greet” with autographs.
The players who met with the group were No. 28 defensemen Alex Lepkowski and No. 41 Wes Cunningham.
The Missouri Mavericks are members of the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) for the second season.
They currently are first in the entire league, boasting an impressive 17-2-0-1 record (Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses) and an equally incredible 11 game winning streak.
The Mavericks played the Indy Fuel on Saturday, where they skated to a 4-2 win.
“As an avid hockey fan and an official myself, I wanted to find a way to combine my love of music and teaching with my hockey passion,” Cucciarre said.
“I was originally looking for a date for next school year, but when Jared informed me of an opening for this year, I jumped at the idea. It’s an amazing sport that you don’t know much about or hear about in this area. I wanted the kids to experience it for themselves and make a few fans out of them.”
“I had a great time and it was an experience I will never forget!” said Sophomore Maddie Dunn.
“As it was my first hockey game, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought that it would be a new and very cool experience, and it was. Singing in front of close to 5,000 people was super cool and the game was very exciting. I’d love to do it again!” said 8th grade student Colin Wilburn.