Disneyland 2018

From 12-14-17

Good afternoon Band Trip Families!

I am all set up with (hopefully) all band parent emails on this group.  If you know of someone that did not receive this e-mail that would like to be included, please send me their address.  On the other hand, if you receive this e-mail and do not have any interest in our Spring 2018 Band Trip to California, please let me know.

First and foremost, as of December 1, your student should be paid up to $760 of the $1200 trip fee.  If you need to know where you are in payments, log onto ParentVue and check to see how much you have paid.  If you made a payment in the past 7 days by check, I will not be able to deposit it with Debi Bear at the school until after the winter break.  If you are not paid up, please be prepared to get paid up by the first week of January, the rest of the airline tickets are going to be paid for in January, as well as other fees.

Second, I have attached a trip/medical release form to this e-mail.  Please neatly fill out all of the requested information on that form, copy your students health insurance card (front and back) and return them to me by JANUARY 4TH.  You can send them to school to turn into the band room lock box after the break, or mail them to Sherwood Band Boosters, 21370 SW Langer Farms Parkway, Suite 142 Box 256, Sherwood Oregon, 97140.

Third, transportation to the Airport on Monday, March 26 will be via school bus.  We will meet at the High School band room at around 8:00 a.m. that day (exact times communicated later).  Please make sure your student has all required items packed in a suitable  CARRY ON suitcase and personal bag/backpack.  We will not be checking any luggage for this trip.  We have two flights booked for the band to travel (one to Orange County Airport and one to LAX).  I will let you know the exact flight time and number for your student in a future e-mail.  For the return trip on March 30th, we are asking for you to pick your students up at the Airport (one flight arrives at 8:04 p.m. and one at 9:15 p.m.)  I will do my best to keep siblings and travel buddies on the same flight, please bear with me as I make these arrangements as I have 97 students and 18 adults to coordinate.

When we get back to school from winter break, I will have hotel room sign ups posted in the band room.  Your student can choose 1-3 people they want to room with.  Keep in mind that when choosing, Mr. Stai and I reserve the right to shift “couples” in rooms to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.  With that in mind, when your student signs up for a room, they should place their first choice of roommate on the line directly below their name so that we keep them together if we need to shift some roommates around.

Lastly, I have been working on a really fun and I hope exciting itinerary for this trip, I don’t have exact times yet, but I will explain it to you the best that I can if you would like to read further:

MONDAY, March 26

*School Bus from High School to Airport

*Fly to California, Charter Buses at each airport to pick up travelers

*Charter Busses to take us to Desert Palms Inn and Resort

*Check In to Hotel, prepare to visit Downtown Disney

*Dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen for a Character Dining Experience for all Students

*Shopping in Downtown Disney/enjoying hotel amenities.

*Breakfast and lunch are students’ responsibility this day.

TUESDAY, March 27

*Complimentary breakfast at Hotel

*Enjoying all activities at Disney/California Adventure

*Approx. 2 hours of this day will be spent in a Disney Recording Studio recording the individual bands and putting it to a Disney animation! – This recording experience cannot be attended by any other parents or family members.  My understanding is a couple of chaperones and the band directors are the only extras allowed in the studio.

*Lunch and Dinner are the students’ responsibility this day.

**I am hoping to have a pre-packed snack to send with each student for them to take with them in the parks (water bottle, granola bars etc)


*Complimentary breakfast at Hotel

*Enjoying all activities at Disney/California Adventure

*Approx 3 hours of this day will be rehearsing/changing into concert attire and performing on a Disney or California Big Stage – as soon as I know the exact time and location, I will let you know.

*Lunch and Dinner are the students’ responsibility this day.

**I am hoping to have a pre-packed snack to send with each student for them to take with them in the parks (water bottle, granola bars etc)

Thursday, March 29

*Complimentary breakfast at Hotel

*Enjoy amenities of hotel in the morning.

*Charter buses to pick us up around 11 a.m. and take us on a tour of LA, we will stop for Lunch as a group, paid for by student trip fee.

*Arrive at OUE Skyspace for a 360 degree view of the area and tour.  Entrance is paid for in Trip fee, optional SKYSlide to be purchased by students if they wish to participate.

*Charter Bus to take us to Walt Disney Concert Hall, we will take a tour of the hall and museum.

*Students will have free time to visit museum, park and hall as well as eat dinner at a local bistro/restaurant surrounding the concert hall. (This meal is students’ responsibility).

*Attend the LA Philharmonic with Guest Artist Richard Goode in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  (Our Seats are amazing, it will give the students a unique experience as they are sitting above and behind the orchestra so they have a view of the conductor!)

*Charter Bus to return us to Hotel

FRIDAY, March 30

*Complimentary breakfast at Hotel

*Enjoy amenities and pack up at hotel.

*Leave Hotel around 11 a.m. to stop at the Anaheim Packing District for a memorable and unique dining experience! (Lunch and Dinner this day are students’ responsibility).

*Leave Packing District for respective Airports to return to Portland.

*Arrive in PDX for parent pick up.

If you finished reading this entire e-mail, congratulations!  I hope this invokes some excitement into you and your student!  A few final thoughts:  When sending spending money with your student for indicated meals or souvenirs, one idea is to go to Target and purchase Disney Gift Cards (if you use your REDCard you can get a 5% discount)  your student can use the gift card to purchase food and items while at Disney/California Adventure on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We will be pulling the band trailer to California, all concert attire and instruments will be packed on the trailer for the students to access while performing or participating in their recording studio experience.

I hope your holiday season is full of family friends and relaxation!  Please be prompt in turning in the release forms and payments.  We are looking forward to a wonderful trip in March!

Lennae Bishop

Band Booster President.

From 10-10-17

Good evening Band families,

Thank you for your patience in my efforts to communicate with you!  I have had several technical difficulties.  If you are receiving this e-mail, and do not wish to be on this e-mail list for band students attending the California Spring Break Trip, please respond and I will take you off the list.  Alternately, if you know of someone who is not on this e-mail list that should be included, please let me know that as well.
For now, I want to thank you for keeping current on your trip payments.  It is imperative for you to do so as all of the major reservations are being paid for in the next 6 weeks and we need enough money to cover the costs.  Currently you should have $540 paid with the next payments of $220 due November 1January 1 and February 1.
If you are trying to align your schedules with the band students, you may contact our Travel Agent, Jenny Thrasher.   If you would like to stay in the same hotel, please follow this link, you can view it HERE and Jenny will get you set up for the trip. She can assist with other accommodations that will align with the students as well.
We are staying at the Desert Palms Hotel and Suites.  When we arrive on Monday, we will be enjoying a character dining at a Disney.  The students will be able to shop around at downtown Disney Restaurant that evening.  We will be at Disneyland and/or California Adventure on Tuesday and Wednesday – so a park hopper pass would be ideal if you want to be able to follow your band students.  On Tuesday the bands are scheduled to have a recording session at Disneyland and the Bands will be performing on a big stage in Disneyland or California Adventure on WEDNESDAY.  We do not have the final schedule with time and location (which stage at which park) until later.  As soon as Disney schedules it, I will pass the information on to you.
On Thursday, we will be touring the Disney Concert Hall and watching the L.A. Philharmonic perform.  We are still working out the smaller details for that day, so stay tuned for future e-mails with a more detailed itinerary.
On Friday, we will be leaving California in the afternoon,  we will be stopping at the Packing District which will be quite the food experience check it out here: http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/visitor-information.
I will continue to fill you in on details and events as we get them finalized.  I will also be sending out paperwork, with a medical and travel release for your students, realistically it will happen after the beginning of November (I need to get through marching band season!)  I will send more information out to the chaperones in a separate e-mail this week.
Have a great week!  Stay tuned for more fun!
Lennae Bishop
Band Booster President

From May 2017

PDF Version of Trip Letter & Payment Cycle

Dear Band Parents & Students Grades 8-11,

The Sherwood HS Band Program will be taking a trip to Southern California the dates of March 26-30, 2018. During this trip we plan to: spend a couple of days in Disneyland & California Adventure Parks, participate in a cinematic studio recording experience with a professional musician/composer, perform on one of the main stages in the Disneyland Park, and observe the L.A. Philharmonic.

The Total Cost is $1200.  Payment Due Dates:

  • June 1 – $100 (Non-Reundable – Hotel Deposit)
  • September 1 – $220
  • October 1 – $220
  • November 1 – $220
  • January 1 – $220
  • February 1 – $220

Please follow this payment process carefully:

  • Turn in payment to lockbox inside band room.
  • Make checks payable to Sherwood High School (NOT the band boosters).
  • In Memo section, write Student Name – California Trip

Checks sent in over the summer can be mailed to:

Sherwood High School Band Boosters

21370 SW Langer Farms Parkway, Suite 142 #256
Sherwood, OR 97140

This is an optional trip and is open to all band students (Bowmen, Concert, Wind Ensemble). Our performances will most likely be a combined ensemble setting (like graduation band). Other details will be announced later.

If you have an interest in being a chaperone, please contact our booster president at president.sherwoodbands@gmail.com.


Brant Stai
Sherwood High School Band Director

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