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Updated December 8, , 2015

 

The winners of the 2016 California Experience Trip are: (from L to R) Sarah Mace, Erin Curtis, Mike Novak,

Andrew Doyle, Courtney Wintere and Tommy Burnson

From L to R: Andrew Doyle, Erin Curtis, Tommy Burnson, Sarah Mace, Mike Novak and Courtney Winters

 

 

 

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE CALIFORNIA EXPERIENCE IS NOW CLOSED.

THOSE ATTENDING WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

Here are some videos from our last trip in 2013

 

 

In short, this trip is open to all Juniors and Seniors who are active members of the AAMB. It is an all expense paid trip. If you have any

questions, please e-mail me: jim@purduebandfan.com

A panel of educators will judge the applications and will accept the top 5 or six applicants, without regards to gender or age. What

you'll find below is from prior trips

The 2016 trip agenda is tentatively like this:

Day 1 Travel to Sacramento (this day will probably be Friday)

Day 2 Explore Sacramento and vicinity

Day 3 San Francisco (Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Lombard Street, Ride the Cable cars)

Day 4 Lake Tahoe

Day 5 Travel to Yosemite through historic gold mining towns

Day 6 Day in Yosemite, then return to Sacramento

Day 7 Travel back to Indiana

 

 

Well, the 2013 California Experience Trip is history. What a GREAT group of Purdue band students: Krista Garrett, Monika Sorge,

Lewis Day, Beth Neumann and Liz Ladue all attended, along with staff member Courtney Eash. Below you will find photos and

testimonials from the participants (to come) . During the fall break, they spent time in Sacramento, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. They toured

the California Railroad Museum in Sacramento, hiked along the American River, traveled over, and under, the Golden Gate bridge

in San Francisco, as well as rode the cable cars, rode down Lombard Street (the most crooked street in the world), cruised on the

Bay, and ate crab at Fisherman's Wharf. At Lake Tahoe they climbed granite and boulders to Eagle Lake (a significant hike). As well,

all enjoyed their first meal at In-N-Out burgers and numerous other activities, too numerous to mention.

 

 

Here is the first batch of photos.

 

 

 

Here is what Melissa Britt (piccolo) wrote after the 2010 trip:


I loved climbing up the rocks at Emerald Bay. It led to a breath-taking view 
and some priceless photo-ops.

Eating fresh crab and sourdough bread in San Francisco while watching a seal 
playfully splash in the bay is at the top of my favorite dining experiences, 
even including the In-N-Out trips.

The cable car ride was like being in a sardine can - definitely a way to make 
new friends fast!

I expected Old Sacramento to be a quiet, historical town, but it was bustling 
with tourists, shops, and horse-drawn carriages.

The three chocolate shops within walking distance of each other in Ghirardelli 
Square were heavenly.

After spending time in multiple candy shops, I now have enough saltwater taffy 
to last me for the next six months.

Feeling the saltwater breeze on my face while riding the boat to Alcatraz made 
me realize, "I have three whole days to explore, discover, and relax."

HERE IS WHAT PARTICIPANT CHRIS KNIESLEY WROTE IN AN EMAIL TO ME RECENTLY:

I'm a middle school teacher in Alexandria, VA.  A conversation I had with Jim at the 500 really energized my job search and I don't think I would be employed without it. That being said, the most important legacy of my California Experience was getting to know such great people on a personal level. The relationships that grew during the trip aren't the only major outcomes. Not a week goes by where I don't come across some cultural or social phenomenon that the CE enlightened me to. Whether it's In and Out Burger or the gold rush shaping Sacramento, knowledge of and experiences in this region of astronomical importance to American history has benefited socially and professionally. I was even able to use pictures I took at the California Railroad Museum in my US history classes. You never know what and when you will need to hark back on and the California Experience is one trip that has definitely proven this true.  

Chris A. Kniesly
Purdue College of Education
Class of 2012

 

 

 

 

FYI, I am not involved in the selection process. I have five retired educators that will evaluate your application using a scoring system I give them.

They will then make rankings based on that. Also, alternatives will be decided, but not announced, in the event someone has to cancel.

Now, I ENCOURAGE you to take your thoughtful time in completing this application and feel free to take whatever space is required to explain your

interest. In the past, it was apparent that a very few applicants put forth the minimum effort in completing the application. Last minute applications are not

encouraged also as they could demonstrate weak time management skills and possibly a lower level of interest in this opportunity.

My guarantee to you: This will be a trip of a lifetime! I will post comments from past winners here soon.

 

If you have questions, please email me or find me at band practice.

* In San Francisco, you will travel over the Golden Gate bridge after taking photos of you and the bridge, go to Fisherman's Wharf, take the Ferry to Alcatraz,

drive down Lombard Street, get ice cream and chocolate at Ghiardelli Square, enjoy Pier 39 with its seals and sea lions, and ride the cable car from Fisherman's Wharf to Market street and return.

 

 

THE APPLICATION FOLLOWS THESE PHOTOS

Photos from the day in and around Lake Tahoe

 
 
 
 
 

 

Photos from their experience in Sacramento on Sunday.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Here are some more photos from their day in San Francisco

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

2010 Winners:

 

 

Chris Kniesly

Melissa Britt Caitlin StansellJordyn Mayorga

 

 

 

I do not participate in the scoring as I know some students more than others.

Judges pay particular attention to the level of detail each applicants uses. I do not recommend being too brief; explain

yourself and use examples where useful. Be thorough. Do not try to answer these questions in the shortest time period possible.

Please complete all questions. REMEMBER TO HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

 

 

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