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Europe 2014 Update

From Gary Locke -

It is still NOT too late to join the London/Madrid Adventure! Help me spread the word! I am especially looking for trumpets, low brass and drummers - but will accept any type of performers and non-performers alike. Lots to tell, great photos & video clips to share, following our recent trip to Europe!

Additionally, our calendar has recently been updated as of 8/10/2013. The new update includes tour rehearsal dates. All rehearsals are currently scheduled for Wheelock Field. For a parking/location may please view the RCC Campus Map. Note: The previous link takes you away from the MLK Band website.

The next tour meeting is on August 29th @RCC

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Trip Meeting Announcement

From Gary Locke - If there is a celebration anywhere in the world, chances are that the RCC Band has been invited to it, and this year is no exception! It’s time to get excited about the ‘next big thing’ for the RCC “All Star” Band - a 10-day international adventure to London AND Madrid!

Don’t let this chance pass you by! It’s like a ‘marching honor and,’ made up of high school & college performers from throughout SoCal (and their family & friends!) all traveling together to historic sites like Stonehenge and the Tower of London! AND the trip concludes with visits to Segovia and Madrid - for their gala “Cabalgata de Reyes” - the Parade of the Three Kings! Get your deposit in now! New Year’s in London & Flamenco in Spain? YES! Meetings are held in Huntley Gym area HG101.

The next trip meeting is February 21 at 7:30pm

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From Gary Locke...

Hello 'Potential' Madrid Travelers,

It was wonderful to see such a great turnout at our recent meeting! (Jan 17)  In case you missed it, these are/were the highlights:

Still looking for MORE performers!

Each day, each week, the travel roster continues to grow, little by little.  At this time, we have topped the magic 100 person mark, well on our way to our goal of 200 total!  Now the focus is on getting MORE PERFORMERS to join the fun, especially trumpet players (and brass players of every kind) and drummers.  

As always, there are openings in every section of the group! Please help me spread the word!

  • Must have full legal name of each and every traveler, as it appears on your passport or driver's license!  
  • Must have DOB of each traveler
  • Must have gender of each traveler
  • Must have nationality of each traveler 
  • Need a photo of each performer. A simple head shot is fine OR I can crop it for you from a quality photo

PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL WITH THIS INFO INCLUDED ASAP!

  • Need everyone's travel account brought up to date!  (many of you are still stuck on the $200 level)

Having the initial deposit in is fine... as a starter.  In the next 30 to 60 days, Sheila and I have to determine just who is officially IN and who needs to be dropped.  I will work with anyone and will be as flexible as possible, but when a student (like today) brings in $67 to be added to their tour account, it is not very promising.

  • Need 3 color copies of the photo page of each traveler's passport.

It's never too soon to start the process of getting a valid passport.  If you already have one, please check the expiration date. The law requires that it be valid for 6 months after the conclusion of our tour!  Make sure yours will still be legal when you need to use it to get home! (Click 'US Passport Information' in our links for more information - Webmaster)

The monthly meetings are designed to:

  • give travelers the chance to drop off payments and/or check their account balance due 
  • share the latest news and updates (hotel selection, passport info, etc.) 
  • recruit NEW additions to the travel roster (telling the whole story)

I usually spend the first 15 to 20 minutes covering the newest info, so that those who came just to 'check their account' and make a payment can hear the news... and then leave at their discretion.

I always try to show a brief video presentation of some sort... either of something in London OR in Madrid.

  • Next big topics:
  • getting a passport 
  • letting us know who you want to room with
HELP ME SPREAD THE WORD!

Still looking for more performers! Let me know if you have any questions!

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First Trip Meeting

Mr. Locke will be holding the first official London/Madrid tour meeting at Riverside Community College on October 23rd, 2012. If you are at all interested in accompanying the "Riverside All-Stars" on this trip it is highly advised that you make every effort to attend.

Now for the important details:
When: October 23, 2012 at 7:30pm
Where: RCC - Band Room (HG101) - lower level near Huntley Gym
Directions: Navigate to www.rccband.org and click "find us"
Parking: A permit is a necessity or you may be ticketed. You can either purchase an all day pass for $5 online at www.rcc.edu or, you may purchase a 2 hour pass for $2 once you're at the college. Be sure to place the receipt on your dash!

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Europe 2014

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The 'next big thing' for the Riverside King Band and Color Guard is a trip to MADRID for the gala "Cabalgata de Reyes" - the annual "Parade of the Three Kings!" As you may know, in the Hispanic calendar, THIS is the 'big event' of the holiday season - the miracle of the Three Kings arriving at the manger - all guided by the star. Historically speaking, this special 'arrival' happened on the evening of January 5, so that's when cities all across the Catholic world celebrate with a parade or festival - and Madrid, being the capital of Spain, has the largest! It is seen by 500,000 spectators in person AND by millions around the world on international television. It's not traditionally a 'band event,' so for us to be invited is a very special honor!

Naturally, since we will be traveling from LAX through Heathrow, why not leave a bit early and 'stop off' in London and be the 'grand finale' of the prestigious New Year's Day Parade?  I hope you'll agree that this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and your students (and families) to 'see the world' while entertaining millions!

Yes, a multi-country adventure - that will run December 28, 2013 thru January 6, 2014.

This trip will be made up of the RCC "All Star" Band. This group is made up of a nucleus of RCC players - PLUS talented musicians (present AND alumni) from throughout the Inland Empire - and their family members. Students going on this trip will perform alongside collegiate musicians and have a great time with this "college experience."

Mr. Gray will be talking to all of you about this at the Booster meeting on October 10th. Gary Locke from RCC will also be speaking at the meeting. You don't want to miss this one!

Stay tuned for more information!!!