2017 International Tour to Chicago: June 25-July 5
The 2017 Lions All-State Band will travel to Chicago for the International Lions Convention; we are excited you are interested in learning more about the band.
This year, our international trip will take us to Chicago and Cedar Point, with performances and sightseeing along the way. Members of the band will enjoy a superb musical experience, and will make many new friends along the way among music students drawn from across Pennsylvania.
The tour begins with a concentrated rehearsal period in a college environment. Our rehearsals are held at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. Their outstanding campus sets the tone for our trip, and gives our members a chance to experience college life, if only for a few days.
Following our rehearsals in Gettysburg, we will depart for a Seven-day tour to Chicago and Cedar Point. While there we will compete in the Lions International Parade and give several concerts. All members of the international band are in the concert band and parade band (marching). Some members may also be in the jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble or other chamber groups.
Not only will we perform multiple times in different venues, we'll also Spend Time at Navy Pier, (famous Chicago landmark), visit the Brookfield Zoo and perform and enjoy Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.
Selection is based on past participation in the Lions All-State Band, instrumentation needs, experience on your instrument (9th grade and up with older students usually selected first), and participation in other musical events including County, District, Region and All-State Honor Bands. Students whose parents are Lions or who are recommended by a Lions Club will also garner consideration.
A letter of acceptance will be sent on or around February 21st. Please double-check to be sure that if you are accepted you will attend. Check your school and personal calendars for possible conflicts, including concerts and trips with your school band, prom, family events, etc. Once you are accepted, we plan for you to be in the band, as well as prepare food and rooming needs. If you apply and are accepted, then drop out, you will have taken a slot that could have gone to someone else.
Cost for the
Schedule and Itinerary
Note: this schedule is tentative and for planning purposes only. The final itinerary will be sent to all band members in the coming weeks.
Sunday, June 25: Arrive at Gettysburg College; registration, welcome meetings, rehearsal begins
Monday, June 26 - Wednesday June 28: Rehearse and have fun at Gettysburg College
Wednesday, June 28: Farewell concert in Gettysburg;.
Thursday June 29th: Off to Chicago!
Friday June 30th, Rehearsals during the day; Performance at Vandercook College
Saturday, July 1: Perform in the Lions International Show, the Lions International Parade, and attend the teen dance
Sunday, July 2: International Flag Ceremony; Performance for the Pennsylvania Lions Delegation Gala
Monday, July 3: A day of sight-seeing and performing throughout the greater Chicagoland area.
Tuesday, July 4: Our day at Cedar Point! Performance in the park followed by a day of roller coasters!
Wednesday, July 5: Travel back to Gettysburg...the end of a great tour!