Countdown to Silverwood

Hello Silverwood/Travel Ensemble Band Families!

We leave for Silverwood (1) week from today—Friday, May 17th @12:30pm!

Below is some additional information regarding rehearsals, departure day, and what to bring.

Rehearsal Schedule
Rehearsals continue this week. Students are required to attend at least (3) rehearsals including the dress rehearsal on Thursday, May 16th. Students should arrive to the Band Room 15-minutes prior to the start of each rehearsal and be ready to begin promptly at the start time listed. Mr. Morris will be taking attendance.

Monday, May 13th @7 – 8pm
Tuesday, May 14th @2:30 – 3:30pm
** Thursday, May 16th @7 – 8:30pm ** Dress Rehearsal attendance REQUIRED

Departure Day
Students are encouraged to bring their luggage school Friday morning. Luggage will be stored in the Band Room during school. School bags can be left in Mr. Morris’ office over the weekend and picked when the group returns to GP Sunday afternoon.

Students are to report to the Band Room IMMEDIATELY after school to gather luggage, instruments, and any additional items. Students will work with chaperones to load vehicles and depart @12:30pm.

What to Bring
Money for 3 meals—Friday (dinner), Saturday (lunch in the park), and Sunday (brunch in Ellensburg)

Sunscreen—weather is expected to be sunny and warm

Concert Attire—“Business Casual” Black—there is very little opportunity to change prior to arriving/entering Silverwood. Mr. Morris has encouraged the kids to wear concert attire they can wear in the park, layer appropriately, and bring a backpack with essentials for the day. (Black shoes for the performance REQUIRED. Comfortable walking shoes for Silverwood RECOMMENDED.)

Special thank you to some amazing parents who have volunteered to chaperone this special trip. At this point we are hopeful that we will traveling via charter buses. However, please note that there is always a possibility that it could change at the last minute. So, if you volunteered to transport instruments, please be on standby. Please meet Mr. Morris in the GP Band Room at NOON on Friday, May 17th.

The chaperone’s primary duty is the supervision and coordination of student activities and behaviors. Chaperones ensure that the director’s instructions are understood and followed by student participants. Supervision is continuous and hands-on. Chaperones should make sure they interact with all students involved in the trip especially those students to whom they are directly assigned. Whenever possible chaperones will act as an intermediary between the director and students. For example, at check-in times students communicate with their assigned chaperone, who summarizes student details to the director. When students have questions or are seeking permission for a change in plan, they will first contact their assigned chaperone, who will try to resolve their question first.

Chaperones will actively monitor students while at the hotel and maintain an active presence during activities. Chaperones will ensure students are awake with “feet on the floor” and enforce curfew times. Chaperones will need to follow the same timelines as the students and will help load/unload gear as necessary.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete the online form at Safe Visitors Solutions. For the safety of our students, volunteer applicants must undergo a Washington State Patrol background check before beginning service. This process must be completed every two years.

SSD Volunteer Information 

Safe Visitor Online Application 

Thank you for supporting your band student(s) and the GP Band Program. If you have questions about the Silverwood trip, please refer to the email from Mr. Morris for complete details and itinerary OR contact him directly at .

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