The Spring Break experience in California
Posted on 3/12/2019 4:40:00 PM.
(Seguin) -- Memories are in the making for 84 Seguin Matador band students as they continue their Spring Break trip this week in sunny California. Many of the families spent months fundraising and preparing their students for the well deserved band trip -- a trip that kicked off over the weekend with an invitation to perform in the Disneyland Parade.

Band Director Stan Mauldin says the experience has already been incredible for the students and looks forward to even more fun these next few days.

"The parade was really cool. It's the first time that I have ever done that in my professional career and the band did it six years ago, five years ago, something like that and the staff said it was a really great time and sure enough, it was. We were representing our city and state in front of thousands of people from all over the world and we were very well received and everybody is really excited to do it. The kids had a great time and the people at Disney were really impressed with how we handled ourselves and how we moved from place to place and how well we played and all of that kind of stuff. It was a great time," said Mauldin.

In addition to Disney, Mauldin says students have already experienced the various parts of the world thanks to The Farmers Market/The Grove. He says the day was spent tasting international cuisine and being in the midst of people with different dialectics. The kids also enjoyed a dinner along the Pacific Ocean, a visit to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a clear night at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Today's itinerary has the students at Universal Studios. Wednesday wraps up the trip with a day of shopping and sightseeing and the hope of experiencing some marine life at Fisherman's Warf.

Mauldin says band experiences such as these are important and are more than just getting away for Spring Break. He says it's about the growth of a child and the new things they can learn through experience alone.

"Think about if you've never flown before. I've got kids that have never been out of Seguin that are on this trip and so think about how it is going to change your life because we know how Seguin operates and how it works and we know the streets and all that but now, we have a change to see where Jimmy Kimmel is filmed or where the Price is Right is filmed and we get to see the things that are in California and in other places and so they will come back home and have a fresh outlook on how we can improve Seguin or for them to see beyond what we know. It's an incredible experience for them," said Mauldin.

What might be even more incredible for the band director is the support for such trips by the Seguin ISD.

Like the band, several other school groups are also spending their Spring Break outside the Lone Star State. One of those groups include the Seguin High School Choir who has traveled to Colorado.

Mauldin says other school districts just don't allow for such opportunities and says "it's an awesome time to be in Seguin right now."

SHS Band students are expected to arrive home on Thursday.

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