At my high school, the music groups go on trips every year. Every other year, they’ll go to somewhere closer like Victoria or Edmonton, and the other years, they go out of the country. When I was in Grade 10, the music trip that year was to Britain for 10 days. We had to prepare to play a selection of songs with a bunch of other ensembles from other parts of the world including a band from Armenia, which everyone thought was really awesome. We practiced Rossini’s William Tell Overture, which was one of the most fun pieces I had ever learned to play on the clarinet, and this one: Abba’s “Thank You for the Music”, in memory of a local conductor who would be retiring that season. I might be wrong about this but I think we only saw him on the last day of the music festival when he actually conducted us.
So imagine this song being played by an orchestra over of over 100 students. Pretty damn awesome, and I’m not even an ABBA fan.