Greetings to the families of the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble,
We had a great presentation of the proposed 2016 Australia Summer Performance Tour last night provided by Ms. Deborah Gibbs and Mr. Phil Hobson of World Projects. I knew ahead of time that many parents had schedule conflicts and wanted to know when the handouts would be posted on Schoolloop. They are up at this time for you to download and peruse. To review, we're looking to form a Joint Wind Ensemble of 50-55 students (it's flexible) along with a parent chaperone contingent to travel, perform, and experience the culture of Australia. This is a smaller more compact group than the much larger group we had in Spain this past summer. Again, it's a purely voluntary activity and a collaborative project between Acalanes and Albany High Schools.
There you will find the following documents in Concert Band/Symphonic Band "locker" section of Schoolloop:
1. Mr. Dea's original email invitation
2. World Projects Hand-Out
3. Acalanes Sign-Up Form
4. World Projects Discussion-Summary (Powerpoint Presentation)
As with the previous international tour, it's a very complicated endeavor to plan. There is a deadline to express your interest in the tour, so that Mr. Bryant and I can ascertain that the instrumentation of the band is reasonable, and that we have enough chaperones. That deadline is Thursday February 5th. If you know of any potential 8th grade student/family who may be interested, please feel free to share the information and documents with them as well. By the time we travel, they would have finished their freshman year at Acalanes. Thank you for your consideration of this incredible student enrichment activity. These are "aha!" type activities and moments that the students will remember for the rest of their lives. Best wishes.