Have any of your student music groups traveled this school year?
35% 65% No
don’t want to or cannot make the trip, so it limits the music we can perform. Costs are also a big factor.” Richard F. Wong American High School Fremont, Calif. “Chaperones can often be a major headache. These people need to be selected carefully so that they do not add to the director’s already long list of responsibilities.” Craig Kepner Orange High School Pepper Pike, Ohio
Have you ever taken an ensemble abroad (outside of the U.S.A.)?
Do you take your students on out-of-state trips? What are the biggest downsides or challenges of taking students on trips to perform or compete?
Stress/planning Time conficts
31% 69% Yes
If yes, how often?
Twice a year
Parent/admin support “Because our ensemble includes grades 9-12 and has a wide range of abilities/interest/dedication, getting everyone to prepare themselves for adjudication to make the entire ‘team’ ready to perform is quite a challenge. The trip is not just for the rides at 6 Flags!” James L. Iacketta Stillwater MS/HS Stillwater, N.Y. “Instrumentation/voicing is a big challenge, as some students either
4% 10% Every four years
Every three years
Every other year
During a travel or festival experience, which of the following is most important?
Going somewhere fun or interesting Hearing other bands Meeting new people Receiving professional critique Results or awards Playing well Other:
23% 14% 4% 24% 2% 26% 7%
“While the students may answer going somewhere fun or interesting, the performance we give is the only justification for the cost of the trip and the time missed from classes.” David Rosenthal Hahnville High School Boutte, La. “For local events (four hours drive or less), the priority is to receive a critique while being exposed to a university or college setting that the students might want to see for their future. Longer distance events need a major landmark or event, for example, performing in the Boston Symphony Hall or hearing the L.A. Philharmonic perform ‘the Planets’ — something more than just a quick festival and then go to a park.” Joey Fortino Gilroy High School Gilroy, Calif. School Band and Orchestra, June 2008 31
SBO June 2008