Music Department Trip Orlando Florida
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Bus Company- Gunther Charters
Terry Alvey cell: 703-963-8815
Michelle Kim cell: 301-801-4900
Chaperones- All Whitman Staff
(Ms. Kim’s husband- MCPS teacher and football coach at Quince Orchard HS)
There will be 4 security guards, provided specifically for our group during sleeping hours
Tuesday, March 24th– Luggage check-in, 2:30-6:00- Auditorium Lobby
In theory, students will have 2 pieces of luggage: (not including instruments) a carry on and a larger bag with their concert clothes, play clothes etc. They will only check in the larger bag on Tuesday. They will bring their carry-on bag with them on Wednesday.
All students will receive 2 luggage tags from us on Monday, March 23rd that read:
“I have inspected this bag for any forbidden or illegal substance or for anything inappropriate for school trips”
This luggage tag MUST be signed by a parent or guardian and tied on their bag. If there is no luggage tag or if the tag is not signed by a parent or guardian we will not take the students luggage. They will be asked to go home and get a parent signature.
At luggage check-in students will receive their t-shirt and a cute backpack from the travel company. We ask them to put these items in their “checked luggage.” It is very important that students check in the larger bag on Tuesday between 2:30 and 6:00. Students may not bring luggage to school during the school day on Tuesday because we have no storage space. Once the luggage check-in is complete the auditorium will be locked until Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, March 25th– Departure Day
We will be departing Whitman “hopefully” by 3:00 pm. (It will be a miracle if this actually happens) Prior to our departure the students will gather their luggage from the auditorium, get instruments, load these items on their buses and line up with their carry-on bag to be checked in on their buses. This is a process….. I will explain….
Once we are all aboard, we’re out!
We will stop along the way for dinner, around 7:00 PM
Driving, driving, driving, DRIVER SWITCH (in the middle of the night) driving, driving, driving, and driving !
Thursday, March 26th– 8:00 AM
Stop at the HUB to freshen up and have breakfast. This is approximately 2 hours from Orlando. Here the kids will be able to get off the buses shower, change into fun Universal Studio Swag, put on their Harry Potter Cape, have breakfast and prepare for a full day of fun in the Park.
Hotel check-in is 9:00 PM- They will be tired !
Friday and Saturday are both Competition Days
Arrive at 1:00 PM
2:00 – Men’s Choir
2:30 – Treble Choir
3:00 – Women’s Choir
3:30 – Chambers
7:15 AM- Concert Orchestra-waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa (insert crying emoji) ☹
8:30 – Wind Ensemble
9:15 – Jazz Band
10:00 – Chamber Orchestra
10:45 – Symphonic Band
Saturday, March 28th
Check out of the Hotel- early
Head to Universal studios for Instrumental Performances
After performances students will have a chance to change and spend time the park until the awards ceremony which will most likely be @ 3:00 but that time is still TBD.
The important thing to note here is that we will be boarding buses for home at 9:00 PM
Driving, driving, driving, driving, driving, DRIVER SWITCH (in the middle of the night)
driving, driving into …..
Sunday, March 29th
Stop for breakfast en route, around 9:00 AM- home- 2:00 PM
They will be tired!
Debbie downer here….. ALL music students are expected to be in school on Monday, March 30th. We will give kids our music class time to catch up on any work for other classes. Please help them get to school on Monday.
Suggested packing list for Florida Trip
(in no particular order)
At the moment the Orlando weather forecast is: Probably Hot
Concert Dress IS needed for this trip.
Music Department T-shirts will be worn on Saturday for the awards ceremony
Comfortable clothes, shorts, jeans etc.
Sweatshirt / jacket
Money for souvenirs/gifts (all meals and activities are included in the cost of the trip)
$5 per student for bus driver tip
Bathing suit (there is a pool in the hotel)
Music that is being performed
Music Department T-shirt (will be given at luggage check-in)
Carryon items for the bus ride
Pillow and light blanket
Snacks and water
Medicines if needed
Gadgets and power chords
DVD’s- PG 13 or lower
Tooth brush/tooth paste
A CHANGE OF CLOTHES FOR THURSDAY AM STOP AT THE HUB
(we cannot get your luggage from under the bus at this stop, you must bring your change of clothes in your carry on)
Things we need from you/your children…………
Medical Forms- we have most of these
Parent Responsibility Forms- we have most of these
Flight Info and permission if your kids are flying…. Email will be fine
Please let us know if we need to administer meds to your children. If they carry and self-administer meds and that is your family preference that is great with us. If your child needs to be reminded to take their meds or we need to administer them we will make sure this happens.
If you have concerns regarding the coronavirus please the attached video from the WHO….https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice . They suggest no change in travel, other than practicing good hygiene like with any other respiratory illness prevention.