Milo Takes Its Music On the Road

July 01, 2008 | Ellen Morgan

Laughter filled the early morning air as excited Milo Adventist Academy music students boarded the bus on April 23. MAA's choir, band and bell choir participated on the tour. Their first stop was Grants Pass Adventist School. Prior to the tour, Dwight Morgan, MAA music director, invited Jan Hossler, Grants Pass music director, to join the choir and band. They have joined MAA on past tours. After practicing together, they held two concerts, one in the afternoon and one that evening at Cave Junction Adventist Church.

The next day, after a performance at Crescent City Junior Academy, God showed the group He was watching over them. Steve Rae, MAA's marketing director and bus driver, was examining a leak at the rear of the bus when a man pulled into the parking lot and offered assistance. His name was Fred Surprise, and he attended MAA in the 1960s. Surprise works for a company owning a commercial truck shop and told Rae to bring it over. Once there the mechanics found a loose fuel injector and fixed it quickly, free of charge.

MAA's next stop was at Eureka Adventist Church where they performed for the main Sabbath service. Later that evening they did a vespers service for Palo Cedro Church.

On their last tour day, MAA students performed at PUC Prep School. Dwight Morgan and his wife Ellen took extra time to motivate the tired, sunburned students. Afterward, students said they performed their best.

In addition to concerts, the students spent a day at Six Flags Amusement Park. They also visited Elmshaven, Ellen G. White's estate. It was interesting for students to learn about Mrs. White's life. At the end of the estate tour, the choir sang a soft, meditative song in her living room.

Randy Bovee, MAA principal and tour sponsor, comments, "it was wonderful to see the students grow in their music and also see some California Milo alumni again.”