Contact Name Ken Utz and Jerry Bishop
Phone 972-499-0831
Email Address kutz@musiclearning.org
Mountain Crested Butte, CO
Lodging Elevation Hotel
Departing Saturday, March 10, 6:00 PM
Lodging Sunday, March 11, 2018 - Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Check Out Date Thursday, March 15, 2018
Skiing Monday, March 12, 2018 - Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Returning Friday, March 16, 12:00 PM
Cost Very Limited Space Remains Adult: $1074, Child $1074, Non-Skier $824
Deposit $199.00 due by Monday, October 23, 2017
Deposit $300.00 due by Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Deposit $300.00 due by Friday, December 1, 2017
Deposit $200.00 due by Friday, January 5, 2018
Final Payment Friday, January 5, 2018

This spring, The Music Learning Foundation heads to the   beautiful mountain resort of Crested Butte, Colorado for an outstanding Concert Tour and Ski Trip!  The Spring Tour & Ski Trip is a great way for band members and their families to experience the thrill of traveling with the band and performing for new audiences.  The tour will feature the Beginner Band, Concert Band, Studio Honor Band, and the Jazz Honor Band. 

This will be Music Learning’s 32nd Spring Tour, and our 8th ski trip!  This event is fun for all students and their parents.  

Fun for Everyone! Many families make the spring tour a family event bringing along siblings and grandparents.  Traveling “on the road” with a band offers students the opportunity to build lasting memories with their friends as well as experience the thrills and work involved in performing for large audiences.  

There is so much to do on the Spring Tour!  In addition to the social and musical benefits of the tour, we also sneak in some natural science lessons along the way.  On our way to Crested Butte, we see first hand the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Did we mention that we’d also be skiing? Of course the main reason for the Spring Tour is to perform, but the students and their parents attend the Spring Tour for another reason too – IT’S FUN!  In addition to concerts, participants will have time to make new friends and show off their musical skills to audiences in Colorado!  After a busy concert tour, it is always fun to relax.  We do that by spending up to 4 full days skiing in Crested Butte, CO! Don’t miss this year’s Spring Concert Tour & Ski Trip!

For the Music Learning Foundation 2018  Spring Tour & Ski Trip, all parents and students will travel by group airfare or chartered motor coach from a central location in Dallas & Ft. Worth, to Crested Butte, CO and back. If you choose the flight option, you will fly direct from DFW - Gunnison, CO and then take a short 35 minute shuttle ride to the lodge. If you are traveling by motor coach, you will also enjoy comfortable seating, a bathroom, a DVD player, Wi-Fi, and more.  Our itinerary also features short stops to and from Crested Butte, so you’ll want to be with us on the tour to take advantage of all the concert performances and attractions that make up the Spring Tour & Ski Trip.  There is an option to fly this year as well.

When we arrive in Crested Butte, CO, we will stay in a ski lodge in the resort on the mountain.  Occupancy and package price is based on  “max occupancy” of 4 to 6 people per room.  If you are interested in a private room, that option may be available on a limited basis for an additional fee.  The rooms at our hotel are comfortable for this occupancy.  While in Crested Butte, breakfast and dinner are included in the price for the Spring Tour. Please help us plan our best trip ever by following one of the registration schedules in this flyer. 

Everyone performs on the Spring Tour & Ski Trip.  First year beginner band members, 2nd and 3rd year Concert Band members, and the Honor Bands will all perform multiple times throughout the band tour.

An important part of our annual Spring Tour is concert performance.  In addition to our big concerts, members of the Jazz and Studio Band will also perform as small jazz ensembles at different times throughout the Spring Tour.

Let’s Hit the Slopes! There will be plenty of time to go skiing in Crested Butte.  This year’s trip includes ski rentals and lift tickets for 3 full days of skiing with the option to ski a 4th day too while we are in Crested Butte.  With our hotel so close to the slopes, you should be able to ski and snowboard all day! 

Don’t know how to ski yet?     No problem!  You can easily add a half or full day ski lesson to your trip. Then you’ll be all set to ski the rest of the trip!

When is the Music Learning Spring Tour?

The Spring Tour corresponds with most schools’ Spring Break.  It is Saturday, March 10 - Friday, March 16, 2018.  

Where are we going?

This year we are traveling to Crested Butte, Colorado for a concert tour and ski trip!  While in Crested Butte, we will have time to go skiing and snowboarding in a great ski resort in addition to playing concerts too!  We have scheduled short rest stops along the way. 

Who can come on the Spring Tour?

All Music Learning students, parents, grandparents, and siblings can attend the Spring Tour.  Every band member will perform throughout the tour.  Many families choose to take their entire family on the tour as a fun filled spring vacation.  It is a great way to go skiing and play with the band at the same time!

How do we get there and where do we stay?

Your Spring Tour tuition includes round trip travel by chartered luxury motor coach.  We hire a large, professional bus company with an excellent safety record.  All drivers are full time bus operators.  The busses they have scheduled for us to use feature comfortable seating, DVD players, a restroom, and WiFi.  Busses will be serviced during the Spring Tour.   All the participants stay in the same ski resort at Crested Butte.  Our lodge is in the resort, right on the mountain.

Can we fly to Crested Butte?

YES! (and it is really convenient) This year we will offer an option to fly with other band families from DFW to Colorado.  Gunnison, CO is about a 35 minute shuttle ride from Crested Butte.  Airport transfers are included in your airfare upgrade.

Fly direct from DFW to Gunnison, CO for an airfare upgrade fee.  Our group flight departs DFW on Sunday, March 11 and returns on Thursday, March 15. 

Students attending the tour without an adult will not be able to fly - they will need to ride the bus.  Please e-mail Ken Utz for specific airfare information.

Can we just drive our own vehicle to Crested Butte?

We have found that the trip is the most positive experience and the best value for parents, students, and the Music Learning staff members when everyone travels together.  The Spring Tour is a ton of fun, but it can also be a tiring week.  The last thing you will want to do is have to drive from DFW to Colorado and then back!  Save the headache and wear and tear on your vehicle by traveling with the band.

What if I’ve never been skiing before?  Is there still stuff for me to do on the trip?

You bet!  You’ll be able to schedule a group ski lesson the first day of the trip - you won’t be the only first time skier on tour with the band.  It is surprisingly easy to learn how to ski and with just a little help, almost everyone picks it up quickly.  There are plenty of beginner slopes in Crested Butte so everyone can feel comfortable skiing, no matter how much or how little experience they have.  There are also a ton of non-skiing activities at Crested Butte including tubing, ski bikes, snowcat tours, and shopping.

My child is only in fourth grade, do many students his/her age go on this tour?

Absolutely!  Many students from all grade levels attend the Spring Tour.  Last year over 30% of the band students were in the fourth grade.

Are parents required to chaperone the Spring Tour?

This trip is very well chaperoned by the Music Learning Staff, official Tour Medic, and many parent chaperones.  While we do not require that any specific parents chaperone the tour with their child, we do encourage every parent to come.  Often times the most reluctant parents have the most fun on these tours.  Our typical trip student to chaperone ratio is less than 3:1.  Additionally we take numerous safety measures including two-way FCC licensed radio communication between the staff and background checks on all parent chaperones to insure each participant’s safety.  We have an official Tour Medic, a fully licensed medical doctor or nurse, who dispenses medication and handles any other minor bumps and bruises that could happen on the trip.  Since we are skiing this year, we know many parents will attend this year, too.

Wow, this trip sounds like so much fun with so many activities.  How much can all this cost?

You’re right - this trip is loads of fun jam packed with concerts, attractions, and skiing.  Your trip cost includes motor coach transportation to and from Crested Butte, Lodging, Breakfast and Dinner in Crested Butte, Lift Tickets, Ski Rentals, and Trip ID & Security Materials.  Your trip package includes unlimited skiing for any 3 of the 4 days, if you would like to ski all 4 days, there is a nominal additional charge for your 4th day lift ticket.  Some meals to and from Crested Butte will be the responsibility of each trip participant.  The trip cost is based on when you choose to sign up for the Spring Tour.  Registration is time-sensitive and space is limited.  Please follow the schedule of payments in this packet for all trip payments. All students, parents, siblings, and guests pay the same trip fee and receive the same access to skiing and other attractions while on the trip.  Also, we have to point out that once your payment is received, we incur costs and we start planning for you to attend the trip, so all payments are non-refundable and non-transferrable; no exceptions unless you enroll in the Tuition Refund Program.  

How do I sign up?  The whole family wants to go!

Online Registration will be available no later than October 6.  Space is limited and your registration will be processed based on the order it is received.  Be sure to include your non-refundable/non-transferrable trip payment or non-refundable/non-transferrable trip deposit with your registration form.  You can mail your completed forms to The Music Learning Foundation 3021 Ridge Road Ste. A176 Rockwall, TX 75032, or you can fax it to our office at (972) 499-0832.

Space is limited?  I guess I should send in my forms and payment soon, right?

Yes. We are traveling to a great ski resort during the height of ski season.  Guarantee your space on the trip by signing us right away!  We would suggest researching individual travel insurance through Travel Guard.

Are there any fundraisers?

Yes. We will offer an opportunity to participate in an optional fundraiser to earn money directly towards your child’s final payment balance. You will have the option to sell candles, soaps, and gift bags earning 50% of the cost of each item directly towards your band tour tuition.

Where can I find out more information about the trip?  I still have a few specific questions.  

The best place to have your questions answered is through e-mail and the internet.  You can send an email to tour@musiclearning.org or check the Music Learning Foundation Website at www.musiclearning.org for more information.  You may also call our office at (972) 499-0831 and dial option 3.

Anything else?

All of us at Music Learning are excited about our Ski Trip to Crested Butte, Colorado!  We hope that the great musicians in the band and their families will be able to go on a fun and exciting Concert Tour with some great skiing packed in too!