Blue Band and Senior Choir Hawaii

Blue Band and Senior Choir Hawaii




APRIL 2020

Thank you to all the parents and students who returned the trip option survey last May.  The number one choice of students and parents was Hawaii.  After considering a wide variety of factors, Mr. Davis and Ms. Kerr are pleased to confirm that the Senior Concert Band and Choir will travel to Oahu, Hawaii in April of next year.


Hawaii Tour parent/student information meeting:

Thursday, September 19th

7:00 pm – Band Room


The trip will be seven days and will include musical opportunities to perform at a local school,   Ala Moana Centre and participate in a University of Hawaii music clinic.   We will also apply to perform at the Polynesian Cultural Centre and at the Battleship Missouri Memorial.


Combined with the musical component of the trip will be the opportunity for students to enjoy sightseeing on the island of Oahu and relax and swim at a variety of different beaches. We will hike to the top of Diamond Head, visit the Halona Blowhole, spend time at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Centre and explore below the water surface snorkeling.  During an island tour students will also visit the Dole Pineapple Factory, Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach and Nuuanu Pali lookout


I would like to once again remind parents that travel is extracurricular and so an optional part of the band program.  Students unable to travel will still receive a balanced and full musical offering in class. 


It is also important for parents to consider whether their students are suited to travelling with the group on a tour.  On tour there will be times when students will have free time where they will not be under the direct supervision of a chaperone. This might include beach time where they will be under the supervision of a beach lifeguard.  Travel itineraries are busy days and as a parent you know best whether your student is suited to group travel.  Most importantly, successful past tours have incorporated the motto of “Group first, self second.”  This means all participants need to be able to work together as a team to make the best travel experience.




We realize in September there are many expenses for parents, but for the Hawaii tour we will need to book airline tickets early and many venues as well as accommodations require full payment or deposits.  Booking early ensures that we secure group discounts


The full cost of the trip will be $2765.00.


The first payment for the trip will be $900 and is due Friday, October 4th, 2019.  The second payment of $900 will be due Monday, November 4 and the final payment of $965 is due on December 14th.   Before the trips depart, students will be issued a cheque for their portion of the fundraising activities.


Students will be responsible for their own travel insurance.  Many of our band families have yearly travel medical insurance policies through work, private insurance agencies or home insurance.   Each student required to provide a copy of their medical travel insurance before trip departure.


Each student will need to have a valid passport.  Any international student will also need the required visa and documentation allowing them to travel outside of Canada.




All trip payments are non-refundable.  If at the time of booking flights, hotels etc. we are able to secure a cancellation policy that allows a portion of your deposit to be refunded by a given date, we will notify parents/students on the trip list.


Parents and students will need to submit three post-dated cheques for the trip payments with their returned trip forms by the first payment date of October 4th.   If a parent wishes to make their payment online, it will be the responsibility of the parent to send a copy of the receipt of payment to a provided email one week before the payment due date or the cheque will be cashed.  Any cash payments will have to be delivered directly to Jamie Davis by one week prior to the payment due date. 


*A student will not be placed on the travel list for next year if their first cheque and the two other post-dated cheques are not submitted with their travel forms by October 4th deadline


*Reminder: Unless notified of a change, all trip payments are non-refundable.



Travel Policy

STUDENTS WITH FAILING GRADES OR POOR CITIZENSHIP  (i.e. poor attendance, incomplete class assignments and suspension, etc.) ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO TRAVEL.  Students who miss more than 6 classes in any one subject during a semester will be not be permitted to travel unless they receive permission from staff and administration.  Under these circumstances students will forfeit their non-refundable deposit.





Group Travel

Finally, over the years, our bands have established an excellent reputation for performance and conduct while on tour.  We will be accommodating many students on a tour and so flexibility and patience will be required.