News From Your Director

April 26, 2016

Dear Parents & Students,

If you were unable to attend the organizational trip meeting last week, I have attached the handout from the meeting and included some other important details below:

1. Dates, Cost & Registration Information is included on the attached flyer, but the deadline for a deposit is May 1st.  Registration AFTER May 1st may be possible, but it is not guaranteed that spots will remain available.

2. Our trip is handled by Educational Travel Adventures, who has built a website specifically for our trip.  Registration for the trip, as well as all payments, will be done through that website.  Any questions regarding payment may be made to ETA via the phone number on their website… they are super to work with!


  • Students are required to travel the parks in groups, checking in with chaperones at designated times/locations.
  • Students are checked in to their rooms each night by a chaperone then a piece of tape is placed across the door.
  • Security guards are hired to walk the halls all night, verifying that all of our rooms are still “sealed” with tape until 6am.
  • We travel with a nurse, who will handle/administer all prescription medications.

4. The BASIC itinerary (subject to change) is as follows:

  • March 13th – fly to Orlando, Magic Kingdom
  • March 14th – Epcot Center & “You’re Instrumental” Performance Workshop
  • March 15th – Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios), Universal Walk, Dinner at Hard Rock Café
  • March 16th – Animal Kingdom, fly home

5. Instruments and “checked bags” will travel ahead of time on the Ranger Band semi trailer, avoiding potential instrument damage and eliminating checked baggage fees J

6. “You’re Instrumental” Performance Workshop involves sitting down in a recording studio, complete with headphone and “click-track” for each musician, and recording music for various Disney Movie scenes.  After each recording, students will have the opportunity to watch the scene, having provided the soundtrack themselves.  This is an AMAZING experience!

7. Students will lodge four students per room.

8. Details such as the specific hotel we will be staying at, as well as what airport we will be flying out of (San Antonio, Austin, or Houston) are dependent on the level of participation we have, and will be announced at a later date.

Please feel free to email me at with any questions.

Matt Boening
Band Director
Smithson Valley HS