Here comes the Europe Trip! Info meeting on November 14th at 7PM!
Here is a brief description of the trip. I highly recommend you read the blogs from the three most recent trips to give you a taste of what the experience is like. The blogs can be found by clicking “about” then “Europe Trip” on the home page of the band’s website and in the links below.
We are going to Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany and Florence, Italy. The dates of the trip have us leaving from KCI on May 30 and returning on June 10th. This trip will mark 40 years of the exchange between our band and the Jugendblasorchester of the Musikschule of Bietigheim-Bissingen (that is a lot of Germanic syllables to say Youth Band from their Music School). The trip features home-stays with German band families, day trips (examples include visits to Stuttgart-home of Mercedes and Porsche, Heidelberg-home of an awesome castle and a University established in the 1300s! and other cultural, historical, and just plain interesting locations). There are also very well attended concerts, festivals, pot luck dinners (they copy American potlucks they experienced while visiting here but with great German food) and an epic co-ed soccer game (they usually cheat by bringing in ringers that aren’t in their band but it is all good because we do the same thing when we play the game in Overland Park!) After our stay of about a week in Germany, we will head South through the Alps and end up in Florence, Italy-birthplace of the Renaissance. Think Michaelangelo, DaVinci and Dante-amazing art and architecture…and gelato! We will absorb this amazing city for three days then head to Rome and fly home.
The cost of the trip is 3200.00. The exact same cost as the trip four years ago. There will be four payments of 800.00 each. Payments will be due in late November, January, March and April. Additionally, travelers will need to get a passport if not already in their possession and you will want additional spending money for shopping and some snacks and lunches. An exact payment schedule will come out at our 7PM info meeting on November 14th. There will also be a series of permission forms, releases, medical info forms and the like that will need to be filled out. All will need to be turned in in a timely and complete fashion.
Symphonic Band members are automatically invited (not required) to go on the trip. Music for the tour will be rehearsed in symphonic band and probably some additional rehearsals near trip time. Additional students may be invited based on the number of students signed up from sym band and to insure proper instrumentation. If you are interested in the trip, try out for symphonic band. Even if you don’t make it, the students that go through the effort to prepare for the audition will have a leg up if we are looking for additional travelers.
Some links that you might enjoy….
https://www.smsraiderband.org/europe-trip Scroll down to see blogs from our last three trips.
Below is the town’s website. The video is the one I showed in class.
Of course, you can google and youtube to your hearts content. Start with “Bietigheim-Bissingen” and “Florence, Italy” and just see what you find. It is an amazing trip!!!