Sousa International Honors Band and Choir
July 4 – July 20, 2013
SOME QUICK ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS:
Detailed information will be sent out later
Q. WILL I BE ACCEPTED?
A. Yes, provided you return the enclosed application blank. We usually expect a response and will reserve a place for you for six to eight weeks. After that you will be accepted on a “space available” basis.
Q. WHAT ARE THE DATES?
A. The 2013 Sousa International Honors Band and Choir tour will leave Boston on July 4th and return 16 days later on July 20th. Exact flight dates and times are sent to participants around April 1st.
Q. HOW WAS I SELECTED FOR THE SOUSA INTERNATIONAL HONORS BAND AND CHOIR TOUR?
A. You may have been a member of a National Select Band, an All-State or Regional Band, or a Special Honor Band. However, many students are recommended by their music teacher as demonstrating a high level of interest and talent. In addition, you have been invited to participate in a high school and college band of national significance and quality.
Q. IS THE TOUR WELL CHAPERONED?
A. Yes, only successful and experienced high school and college band directors serve on the SIHB staff. Most chaperones have made several previous tours with the SIHB. An evening sign-in is required every night. All walking tours and sight-seeing activities are accompanied by staff members. No smoking or alcohol is permitted.
Q. WHAT IF I HAVE A HEALTH PROBLEM?
A. Simply tell us about it and we will look out for you. There is excellent medical help available all throughout Europe in the event that you have a problem.
Q. CAN I CANCEL IF I HAVE AN EMERGENCY?
A. Yes, but read the refund schedule very carefully which is on the back of the enclosed application blank. Cancellation insurance will reimburse your money that we are unable to refund to you.
Q. WILL A RECORDING BE MADE OF OUR CONCERTS?
A. Yes, audio recordings will be made. A CD will be available as well as a DVD of the entire trip.
Q. HOW MANY CONCERTS WILL WE PERFORM?
A. We have scheduled ten concerts during our tour. The group performs in important historic concert sites and there is a good balance of travel, performing, rest, and sightseeing.
Q. HOW IS SECTION SEATING DETERMINED?
A. A tentative assignment of chair placement is made on the basis of the information you enter on your application blank. Auditions are held during the pre-tour rehearsals in Boston to make adjustments. All auditions use the band music which will be sent to you prior to the tour.
Q. SUPPOSE I CAN’T GO THIS YEAR?
A. Let us know and we’ll put you on the approved list for the next year. We will save a place for you and next September we will send you an approved application for next year’s tour.
Q. WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE WILL I TRAVEL WITH?
A. Nice, friendly musicians like yourself who love to play their instruments. You will make great new friends and if you want to take along your own friend, we have a “Take Your Friend” program in which you can Click to continue to page 2