ISD 166 band planning for a spring band trip in 2016

The School District 166 school board authorized the school band to start fundraising for a spring 2016 band trip to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Diego.  A proposal from Sunshine Travel, which specializes in music and educational group tours, offers visits to Sea World, Mexican Old Town, and the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, Medieval Times, Disneyland and California Adventure in Los Angeles, and a performance by the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas.  The cost for the six-day/five-night trip is tentatively listed as low as $1,711 for four-person hotel occupancy if at least 75 people make the trip.  The band would hold performances along the way.

Band teacher Kerri Bilben said she looked for a trip that would be affordable and educational.  She hopes to have fundraisers that will allow students to serve the community, such as by helping the Lions serve pancakes at a breakfast fundraiser. 

Bilben said she is trying to offer a band trip every four years so that students can go once during their high school years.  She said she would like kids to be able to experience a different geographical area, because this might be the only opportunity some of them have to travel outside the Midwest during their youth.