Visit London with the Ramona All Star Band

The group that visited London, England, in 2016 is planning another musical adventure and accepting students with musical talents

Photo by Anne Hepburn
The Ramona All Star Band performing in the London parade.

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The Ramona All Star Band is still accepting members for the London New Year’s Day 2019 Parade. The Ramona All Star Band is part of the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre outreach programs. Students from 7th grade to first year in college are eligible to be part of the band. The band and any parents or supporters will go to London, England, from Dec. 27, 2018 to Jan. 3, 2019. The cost of the trip is $3400, whether one is a band member or supporter.
Members of the band will march through London on Jan. 1, 2019 passing many famous landmarks. The supporters will be sitting in VIP seating along the parade route. The parade is watched by millions of people all over the world. Besides participating in the parade, the $3400 covers:
1. Roundtrip airfare from LAX to Heathrow
2. Hotel accommodations
Meals, including breakfast every day in the hotel; three dinners provided at the hotel; food vouchers for three dinners (vouchers are offered for a variety of restaurants within a few minutes walk of the hotel);
Transportation on the luxury motor coach (bus) with the group.

Photo by Anne Hepburn
The entire group on its last trip to London.

Transportation via the tubes (subway) and trains is accessed through a travel card; A Blue Badge Guide will accompany the group on sightseeing tours
Sightseeing tours include a half day tour of London; a full day tour to the Tower of London and Greenwich; full day tour to Windsor and either Oxford or Hampton Court.

Leadership seminar with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
Educational guided audio walks: The LNYDP procession route; Princes, Palaces and Power, Art-rageous London, The Guide and Seek treasure trail, and UK-USA-250. An MP3 player will be provided for each person on the trip (loaded with the guided audio tours). Additional specialty guided audio walks include: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in Old London; London, Rock and Roll Capital of the World; Harry Potter’s London; London and the Magic of the Silver Screen.
For students, there will be a New Year’s Eve celebration in the hotel with the group (complimentary pizza and soft drinks), and for band members a pre-packed lunch.
Extras include a LNYDP medal, and a 10×8 group photograph in front of Big Ben and Parliament.
The band is under the direction of TJ Hepburn, the band teacher at West Valley High School. He took the Ramona All Star Band to London in 2016. The students were from all the local schools. This time, there are already students from the local schools as well as Bloomington High School, Citrus Hills High School and Val Verde High School. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with musicians from other schools and visit a place full of historical significance.
The band meets one Sunday per month at 3 p.m. in the band room at West Valley High School. Meetings will be for rehearsal, fundraising or both. Bring 20 email addresses for a fundraiser on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. in the West Valley band room! For more information, call 951-708-0026 or call the Ramona Bowl at 951-658-3111. Email address is ramonabowlallstarband@gmail.com.

Photo by Anne Hepburn
The Ramona All Star Band at the Ramona Bowl.

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