Trip Start May 15, 2008
Trip End May 18, 2008

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Well, time is drawing closer for us to leave on our trip to Southern California. I thought I'd take a moment to share my trip planning guidelines. As I plan a trip for students there is a three-prong approach: Education, Safety, Fun. Without even one of those points being explored to it's fullest there is the potential for problems.

For this trip the students will experience music EDUCATION on several levels:
    1) Learning what it is to be a professional recording musician through Disney's Magic Music Days Instrumental Recording Workshop. This 1.5 hour session is designed to bring out each student's music potential to it's fullest. At the end of the session our band will receive a video of themselves playing pieces of soundtracks to various Disney films. In the past my students have recorded music for Dinosaur, Atlantis, Return to Neverland, Emeror's New Groove. We won't know until we actually walk in the room what we will be working on.
    2) Competing in a Music In The Parks Festival against bands from throughout the USA. We have been preparing two songs for this purpose. Our performance will be judged by 4-5 adjudicators that will discuss all aspects of our performance (this includes the moment we walk off the bus, the warm-up, the performance, and back to the bus - no pressure lol.) I am excited to see how they will do.
    3) In addition to the music aspects, students are receiving an education in behavior and other expectations as we travel outside of Ukiah.

FUN includes:
    1) The travel itself. For some, this will be their first time out of the Ukiah area, on a charter bus, to Disneyland, etc.
    2) Our time in the Disneyland Resort will be full of fun and surprises as the students explore the parks.

    1) In addition to myself we have a very qualified bus driver and eight chaperones, all of whom signed up for the experience.
    2) Students are required to wear a lanyard with a time schedule as well as our Tour Shirt at all times. This ensures our being able to spot them easily and they the adults.
    3) Students are expected to not only be on time to the various events but are required to check-in a specific times at a bench that the chaperones will stake out in the Resort the entire time that we are there.
    4) Behavior contracts were signed by both the students and parents outlining behavior expectations.

The students have been earning money doing many fund-raisers to earn money to cover their trip cost. Here are some of the fund-raisers to jog your memory:

I have to admit that although I am not found of having to do fund-raisers, it is a necessary evil when trying to help families afford the trip.

I am going to try to keep this up-to-date throughout the duration of the trip. As this is a new experience, hopefully it will work (are there wi-fi spots along I-5? I hope so! lol)

Until next time . . .

Darrin Michaels
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