LA or Bust! The Hollywood Parade Trip Is On and Fundraising Begins!


Feb. 4 was the kickoff meeting for the Nov. 27 – Dec.1 trip to Los Angeles to march in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. In case you missed it, here are the highlights.

About the Trip

The proposed itinerary sounds like lots of fun! Departure will be the morning of Nov. 27, 2015, arriving in LA around noon. Lunch will be at the Farmer’s Market, followed by a city bus tour, and dinner at the hotel (Embassy Suites). The next day, there will be some rehearsal time, a visit to Universal Studios, and a dinner/dance for members of all the bands in the parade. On Sunday, the group will tour the haunted(!?) Queen Mary and hang out at the Santa Monica Pier. The parade will take place after dark at 6:30 or 7pm and feature 12 bands, floats, and celebrities. (Check their website for info about when and where it’ll be televised.) Dinner will be at Buca Di Beppo. On Monday, it’ll be Disneyland and California Adventure all day with a park-hopper pass. Dec. 1 will be the flight home.

Exact costs will depend on, among other things, the number of buses we need to rent and whether Music Travel Consultants can get us cheaper airfares in the fall; however, it looks like the total will be very close to $1600 per person. This assumes 5 people per hotel room and includes everything except personal souvenir and snack money. We’ll need some adult chaperones; if you’re interested, contact Erin Wager Miller. Chaperones and other adults that go along will have to pay the same amount (or a little more if they want fewer than 5 in their hotel room).

A pdf of the presentation by Music Travel Consultants can be found here.

To Sign Up For the Trip

  • Go to
  • Click the MTC-Online logo at the top
  • Select “New User”
  • Fill out contact information
  • Select “Register a Traveler”
  • Enter trip number 1511-3-19
  • Add more travelers if needed
  • Select “Make a Payment” to pay deposit

Everyone that in interested in going needs to create an account NOW at to express your interest!
(If you created an account for a previous marching band trip, it’s still there.) A $100 deposit is due by 3/1, and five installments of $250 each must be paid by 4/15, 6/1, 7/15, 9/1, and 10/9. The balance will be due 11/6. (Reminders will be emailed.) Clarification: These are payment due dates, but if you decide to go at a later time, you can make catch-up payments. Also, if you have problems or need to make special arrangements, contact Music Travel Consultants and they’ll work with you.  If for any reason, the whole trip is cancelled (e.g., if fewer than ~95 people sign up by spring break), you’ll get back 100% of what you have deposited. If a specific traveler has to drop out earlier than 2 months prior to the trip, they will get back everything except the $100 deposit. Instructions for creating an account are to the right. Be sure to enter our trip number: 1511-3-19 and under “special needs,” list and food allergies, etc. You’ll find itinerary, cost, and payment information on the website also.

Note that students must be in marching band all season in order to go along on the trip, but you do not have to go on the trip to be in marching band! (The term “Marching Band” includes the Color Guard.) Rehearsals start at the end of July – dates are on the website calendar already. Be sure you can make every single one before you commit! Marching Band fees will be $275 plus about $40 for shoes for new people. Talk to friends that have been in marching band to find out what it’s like and why you’ll love it! Contact Mr. Wilson if you have other questions. Note that current 8th graders who want to be in marching band next school year and go on the trip can participate in all of the fundraising, as well.

Anyone who was not in marching band last year should sign up for the Marching Band email list, as most trip and fundraising messages will go only to that list! You must contact Lisa Ensman at to subscribe, unsubscribe, or change your information for any band email list.


To help with the expense of going to California, students who plan to go on the trip (only) will have the opportunity to earn money by participating in various special fundraisers between now and October. We may also have some fundraisers that benefit the group as a whole. Erin Wager Miller, Band Boosters Vice President, is leading the “LA or Bust” committee. If anyone has a good money-making idea, knows of an appropriate one-time job for students and/or parents, or belongs to a company that would like to make a donation, please let Erin know.

For those that don’t know… all band students have a “student account” with the Band Boosters. Money in this account can be used for band-related expenses like marching band fees and trips. See the Info – for All Bands page for details. Families of students in any North band can earn money for their student accounts via the ongoing “Band Bucks” program. These are gift cards purchased through A percentage of the purchase price is refunded to your student account. You can buy them for weekly use, special projects and events, gifts, etc.  See the Boosters – Band Bucks page for more information.

NOTE: Student band accounts will be created “automatically,” if needed, when money from fundraising is submitted or when you order Band Bucks gift cards.