this was the common area for eating, playing cards and gathering before heading out for the day.
the staff and the band booster president did an amazing job planning this trip. there was something to do every day but also time to chill at the hotel. it wasn't always go, go, go. and we got to see some cool stuff.
musical instrument museum in phoenix where we saw and learned about instruments from all over the world.
a few of the kids came down with a stomach bug that was either the flu or a reaction to the eggs from breakfast. we took those kids back to the hotel to rest. we were all concerned that it would spread to others and we would end up with half the band in bed for the parade. luckily it passed quickly and did not spread.
organ stop pizza. it's a pizza place with a large organ that one guy plays. he can also play the drums, strings and give a light show from where he sits. the kids loved it.
after lunch it was back to the hotel for a little rest and then we got ready for the football game.
our school was invited to the buffalo wild wings bowl that was held at arizona state university. the game was between michigan and kansas state.
it was a learning experience for the kids as well, especially the seniors who will be heading to college next year. at first they were intimidated by the cheering and chanting but by the end of the night the kids were joining in; doing the dances and yelling out just like everyone else. and the k-state victory made it more memorable.
the next morning we got to sleep in and then had breakfast at the hotel. our field trip this day was to the kiwanis club for some fun.
that evening they held the parade awards ceremony at rawhide ranch, an old west town.
we travelled back to california the next day with some cool memories to share.
here's a clip from the local telecast of the parade. skip ahead to 1:13 to see them.
add this to the list of memorable band experiences. i'm sure there's a lot more to come.