2023 Tour to Boston, Massachusetts: July 4 - July 12
The 2023 All-State Band will travel to Boston for the Lions International Convention; we are excited you are interested in learning about the band.
This year, our international trip will take us to Boston, 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 6-day tour to Boston. 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.
Performance will take place throughout the city each day.
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 after your application is reviewed. 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, 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 after acceptance.
Tuesday, July 4: Arrive at Gettysburg College; registration, welcome meetings, rehearsal begins
Tuesday, July 4 - Thursday, July 6: Rehearse and have fun at Gettysburg College
Thursday, July 6: Farewell concert in Gettysburg
Friday, July 7: Off to Boston!
Saturday, July 8: Lions International Parade, and attend the teen dance
Sunday, July 9: International Flag Ceremony; Performance for the Pennsylvania Lions Delegation Gala
Monday, July 10: TBD
Tuesday, July 11: TBD
Wednesday, July 12: Travel back to Gettysburg...the end of a great tour!