Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: March 16, 2014
Can the students not yet in high school participate in the fundraising?
Absolutely! We want everyone going on the trip to take advantage of the fundraising opportunities. We recommend you sign up for the band emails so you can keep up-to-date on our fundraising events. You can sign up at www.rpbands.com/hawaii.
How do the Band Booster fundraisers work?
The Band Boosters organize many fundraisers specifically to help students raise funds for trips and band fees. The majority of fundraising events allow students to raise funds for themselves. The boosters maintain an individual account for each student. The money raised by each student is placed into their own account. This means they are raising money for themselves. The boosters occassionally organize a fundraising activity to raise funds for their operational budget. Go to the Fundraising page to see current fundraising opportunities.
Is the trip deposit refundable?
No. The trip deposit of $250 is non-refundable.
Can our family meet you in Hawaii instead of traveling with the band?
Yes, but there are some things you should be aware of first.
- Band students are required to travel with the band. This is a trip for the students and this is part of the experience.
- Remember, the price of our trip includes more than just airfare and lodging. It also includes many meals, access to events, transportation around the island, and travel insurance.
- If you choose to travel separately, we cannot guarantee you would be able to join us for any of our events, performances, and/or meals. It would be up to you to secure your own accommodations. The trip itinerary is a sample of what our trip could look like. The events on each day are likely to change. Also, we cannot separate the trip cost into pieces. It is a full package to help keep the cost down.
Can my child stay in a room with their parents?
No. This is not allowed for a few reasons. First, one of the primary reasons for the trip is to build camaraderie among the band students. Part of building this experience is staying with friends throughout the trip. Remember, this is a band trip for students, not a family vacation. Second, trip costs are maintained for students by staying four to a room. Even if a couple of student rooms end up with 3 people, students will only be charged the four-per-room cost.