This FAQ is meant for parents who are unfamiliar with our marching band’s opportunity to march in the London’s New Year’s Day Parade.
London, as in England?
Why do we get to go to London?
Our marching band has taken this trip multiple times and has a standing invitation to return any year. We plan to return every 4 years so that every student who spends 4 years in marching band has an opportunity to go.
What are the dates?
Approximately 12/27/2020 – 1/3/2021, but firm dates are not yet available.
How much does it cost?
Last time the total was around $3,200, but we don’t have a cost for the next trip yet.
Do I have to pay all at once?
No! Payments are divided into ~5 different transactions over the course of about 16 months.
What does that cost cover?
Almost everything including airfare, hotel, ground transportation, various tours, most meals, and vouchers for spending at a variety of local stores.
What if I make payments then later decide not to go?
Payments are refundable up until a certain date in 2020. The exact date will be communicated with the rest of the details.
Are there fundraisers available?
Yes! We plan to have fundraisers available that correspond to each of the payments. A couple students were able to fundraise enough to cover the whole trip, but many more were able to defray some of the cost.
What happens if we fundraise then decide not to go?
All individual money raised by a non-traveler will be transferred to the London “general fund” which is needed to cover certain costs that apply to the group as a whole.
Can other family members tag along?
Yes! Guests can take advantage of the same program the students use and stay in the same hotel, eat the same meals, take the same tours, etc. Payments are made for guests in the same way they are for students. NOTE: only student marching band members can take advantage of the fundraising.
Who watches the kids?
The kids are divided into fixed groups for the duration of their trip and are assigned to chaperones. We will need several parents to volunteer as chaperones.
Can the classes of 2023 and 2024 participate and fundraise while in middle school?
Yes! All fundraisers are open to any student who may want to take the trip.
When will we get more details?
Last time we received details and held our first formal meeting in late July.