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SUNDAY, July 9

Registration in Indianapolis, Lafayette and Valpraiso, Indiana or Dayton and Columbus, Ohio 

Following registration we embark on a fun filled journey to our nation’s capitol for a week of music making and sightseeing.

MONDAY, July 10 – Rehearsals in Washington

We arrive at our hotel and are greeted with a bountiful breakfast buffet. Following breakfast we begin a day rehearsals and sectionals to prepare for our summer 2000 debut in Washington. Our lunch break will be at the Tyson’s Corner Mall Food Court in the heart of nearly 200 shops and stores. A dinner banquet will be held at a popular area eatery followed by a relaxing swim in the hotel pool.

TUESDAY, July 11 – The White House, Arlington National Cemetery

Following a morning of rehearsals, our first stop is Arlington National Cemetery where we will observe the changing of the guard at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier and participate in a solemn wreath laying ceremony. A walking tour of the grounds will include a visit to the grave of President John F. Kennedy and the Women in the Military Memorial. Our next stop is a visit to the USA TODAY Newseum followed by dinner at the National Capitol Hard Rock Cafe and a concert by The U.S. Air Force Band on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building. 

WEDNESDAY, July 12 – Our First Concert and The Smithsonian Museums

After breakfast and a dress rehearsal we drive down historic Pennsylvania Avenue to the site of our first performance for the lunch time crowd at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Following lunch at the Old Post Office Pavilion we’re off to the U.S. Capitol for our group photo and an afternoon on The Mall exploring the Smithsonian, the world’s foremost museum and art gallery complex. The evening will be highlighted by a guided “Streetlight Tour” of the Washington Monument, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt Memorials, the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials and The Marine Memorial

THURSDAY, July 13 – The United States Army Band and The White House

Following breakfast at the hotel we depart for historic Ft. Myer where we will be special guests for rehearsals of The United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own). Our second performance of the tour will be on the Ellipse of the White House followed by a tour of our nations most famous residence and home of the President. Our day concludes with a performance by “Pershing’s Own” on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building.

FRIDAY, July 14 – Final Performance, “Spirit of Washington,” Marine Corps Review

We begin our day with breakfast at the hotel and packing for the journey home. Our first stop and final performance will be at the Lincoln Memorial followed by lunch at Union Station and a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial. We will enjoy dinner aboard the “Spirit of Washington” cruise ship while cruising the historic waters of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. Our visit to Washington concludes with one of our nations most famous military reviews. At the Marine Barracks we will witness a musical and precision extravaganza as displayed by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, The Silent Drill Team and The Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Following the review we will bid our nations capitol a fond farewell and depart for home.


After a breakfast stop we say goodbye our Ohio friends at stops in Columbus and Dayton and journey on to Indianapolis, Lafayette and Valparaiso for more farewells to fellow musicians. Home brings greetings from family and time to reflect on a week full of new friends, great music, and a lifetime of memories. 



Membership will be comprised of band students enrolled in grades 8-12 during school year 1999-2000. Past participants of the Great Lake Music Camps, All-State Bands, and All-Region Bands will be given special consideration. We ask that all applicants attach a brief summary of their musical accomplishments to their registration form. 

This registration form, medical information and resume should be sent as soon as possible, as enrollment will be limited by instrumentation and transportation arrangements.

The Great Lake Music Camp reserves the right to refuse the application of and/or expel from participation in the tour any person whose conduct is incompatible with the interest of the tour group.

Students must provide their own instruments, medical insurance, and insurance on belongings. Students will be responsible for 4 meals while on the tour.

Each student will need to provide a pair of white shorts and white tennis shoes.


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Band & Orchestra Students Grades 8-12 (School Year 2003-2004)

Tentative Itinerary SUNDAY, JUNE 20 – Registration and rehearsals at Butler University begin at 12 noon. Depart for Florida on deluxe motor coaches at 4:00pm. Rest stops and dinner en route. Meet and get to know new friends as we drive through the night directly to Orlando, Florida and a week filled with memories.

MONDAY, JUNE 21 – Breakfast en route to Orlando. Arrive at the beautiful Amerisuites. Following time for relaxation and a swim in the pool, we will continue our rehearsals. This evening will also include dinner at the Rainforest Café.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22 – COCOA BEACH- After morning rehearsals, we’re off to the beautiful city of Cocoa Beach, Florida. The band and orchestra will perform a lunchtime concert at the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop. The remainder of the afternoon will be spent enjoying the stunning beaches. We will return to Orlando for dinner and evening rehearsals. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23 – EPCOT®-After brief morning rehearsals, we will be off to Epcot® for a day of fun and education. The orchestra will have a memorable performance today at the “Future World West Stage” near the Imagination Pavilion. THURSDAY, JUNE 24 – MAGIC KINGDOM® Park-After brief morning rehearsals, we will visit the Magic Kingdom. The band will have a wonderful performance today at the Tomorrowland Stage near Space Mountain.

FRIDAY, JUNE 25 – DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park/DISNEY- MGM STUDIOS-After breakfast and checking out of our hotel, we will have a day of fun at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney-MGM Studios. We will depart Orlando this evening for our journey home
SATURDAY, JUNE 26 – Breakfast and lunch on the road bring our trip to a close. We arrive “Back Home Again in Indiana” at 5:00pm. Greeted by family and friends, we say goodbye to our fellow musicians and new found friends, filled with a lifetime of memories as we return to our homes.

Dr. Robert Grechesky, Ambassador Band-Dr. Grechesky is Director of Bands at Butler University in Indianapolis.

Douglas Elmore, Ambassador Orchestra-Mr. Elmore is director of the highly respected Floyd Central High School orchestra program.

TOUR PACKAGE – $699.00 includes:
• Shuttle service provided from Valparaiso and Lafayette to and from Indianapolis.
• Seven day tour of Florida as a member of the Great Lake Ambassadors.
• Deluxe motor coach transportation.
• Four nights hotel accommodations (quad rooms)
• Performances at Cocoa Beach, Magic Kingdom® Park, and Epcot®
• Great Lake Ambassador shirt and Disney Magic Music Days shirt
• All Breakfasts and Dinners
• Professional Tour Escort, Experienced Chaperones (1 per 8 students), and Registered Nurse
• All taxes, tips, and gratuities

Membership will be comprised of band and orchestra students enrolled in grades 8-12 during the 2003-04 school year. Past participants of the Great Lake Music Camps, All State Bands and Orchestras and All-Region Bands and Orchestras will be given special consideration. Students may be asked to submit a tape of their playing.

By Volarex