-- 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.
Director Stan Mauldin says the experience has already been incredible for the
students and looks forward to even more fun these next few days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
might be even more incredible for the band director is the support for such
trips by the Seguin ISD.
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.
says other school districts just don't allow for such opportunities and says
"it's an awesome time to be in Seguin right now."
Band students are expected to arrive home on Thursday.