Florida October 2019: Every four years we provide a performance travel opportunity for the 9th-12th grade band students. For the next trip, we have elected to travel in the month of October as it is a natural transition from marching season, and will be a less-expensive and less-crowded time to be in the Florida area. Although the trip was moved to the fall, the same grade levels that would have gone had we traveled during Spring Break of 2020 will still be invited to be part of the trip. For this experience, the students typically fly to Orlando and perform at two locations, primarily the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Mr. Boswell and Mrs. Jonker have led several of these trips and can offer a great deal of insight on what to plan for and how to best navigate the many options. For more information, please review the Disney trip packet of information on this page.
First payment to secure your reservation is March 15, 2018. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable after May 15, 2018.
Safety Perspective: One concern that many parents have when their students are young is how we will best oversee their students during travel. We follow every school district travel policy as well as working closely with our student group travel agency Educational Tours. We have a statement to share below from one of the chaperones from the 2016 trip:
During my experience with the Mattawan Band staff along with the travel company I was never concerned with any of the students I was in charge of or my safety. There was impeccable organization along with redundant accountability that just made the whole trip easy for me. I was in charge of 14 students and I would do it all over again in a second.
-Brian Brusach Mattawan Band Parent Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Assigned to the Officer Training Division