Friday, May 24th




    On Friday, May 24th, 2019, the P.S. duPont 6th Grade Chorus, 6th-8th Grade Steel Drum Ensemble, 6th Grade Concert Band, and the 6th Grade Orchestra will be traveling to Dorney Park, Pennsylvania to participate in the Annual Trills and Thrills Music Festival. Following the performances, which are taking place at Boyertown High School, the students will be taken to Dorney, approximately 15 minutes away, to enjoy the park. This festival allows us to be critiqued by music educators from several universities and/or colleges. The comments we receive are very valuable in strengthening our program. It is a positive experience that will not be soon forgotten by the students and parents that participate.


    The cost of the trip is $100.00. This money is used to provide coach bus transportation, the required festival fee for each participating student, and a deeply discounted ticket to the park. Students must be adhering to P.S. duPont expectations and following the student code of conduct. Students who have been sent to time-out or suspended an excessive number of times will not be permitted to participate.


    There are limited seats for this trip.


    The deadline to turn in payments and permission slips is Monday, April 15th. Checks are to be made payable to P.S. duPont Middle School.


    Tentatively our performances begin at 9:00AM; therefore we will be leaving from P.S. duPont at 7:00AM (tentative.) We will return to P.S. by 9:30 PM the same day. We recommend that students pack a light lunch to eat on the bus after the festival performance and have money to eat dinner and buy souvenirs in the park. Students are to report to school dressed in their performance attire (black bottoms and solid white tops for band, choir and orchestra / solid black tops and bottoms for Steel Drums.) The students need to bring a change of clothes for the park.


    Finally, please consider chaperoning. There is a letter attached that needs to be returned with your child’s permission slip. Chaperones cost $50.00, which covers the bus and your ticket to the park. Currently a ticket at the gate costs $39.99. Chaperones help us at the performance by staying with the kids in the audience. Our chaperones are friendly faces in the audience for the students who are performing in front of judges. Finally, parents are also needed to walk with small groups of children at the park. The students are not permitted to be in the park without an adult with them. If you are interested please return the form with your payment.


    Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.                   - Chorus - Band - Orchestra - Steel Drums



    Please remember the following:


    1.  Parents signed a contract at the beginning of the year that explained the behavioral and performance expectations for students to be included on this trip. We reserve the right to exclude a student from the trip due to poor classroom/concert behavior, unexcused concert absences etc.

    2.  Students must have performed in both the December/January and May Concerts to go on the trip. Beginning Band members must have performed in the May Concert only.

    3.  Students who have been sent to the u-turn room from any of their classes and/or have been suspended in-school or out of school an excessive number of times may not be permitted to go the trip. We reserve the right to exclude a student from the trip due to poor behavior in and out of our classrooms.

    4.  Students must demonstrate individual mastery of their music to go on the trip as this is a competition.

    5.  Demonstrating excellent conduct throughout the school day is crucial for inclusion on this trip.

    6.  Money raised in fund raisers by students whose behavior or lack of preparation has removed them from the trip will be rolled into the music fund to help with music department expenses.

    7.  In the fall fund-raiser, 40% of moneys collected were profit toward the child’s trip.

    8.  In the candy sale the first box sold was a fund-raiser for the music department. Additional boxes sold are applied to the student’s trip.

    9.  In the candy sale $30.00 for each box was profit and $30.00 went back to the company to pay for the candy.

    10.  There can be no refunds after May 3rd for any reason. Students who are removed from the trip after that date will receive the park ticket that they paid for when we return from the trip. It will be up to that child’s parent how and if that ticket is used over the summer.