COVID will be a prime consideration when Pelican Rapids band students travel to New York for a planned March 28-April 2 trip. 

The pandemic has shut down many special school trips, but the band program is launching plans for the 2022 journey. 

The trip will include a band performance at Trump Tower, which is where the band performed at the last New York trip, 2017. 

Outlining the details at the Oct. 12 Pelican school board meeting was Sean Fitzsimmons, band director. 

Broadway shows, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Statue of Liberty, and Chinatown are just a few of the sights and activities planned. 

Nearly all pandemic travel restrictions were lifted last summer in New York, as 70 percent of New Yorkers 18 or older had received the COVID vaccination. 

 Students and adult chaperones will be required to wear masks on airplanes, buses and within indoor facilities, explained Fitzsimmons. 

A nurse will be included among the chaperones, but the individual is yet to be confirmed. 

Air travel, and coach bus transportation are part of the trip. 

Fitzsimmons also outlined the fundraising plans to finance the trip. 

Final decision on the trip will rest on the number of students who sign the commitment statements, as a vast majority of the students will be needed in order to present a high quality performance, said Fitzsimmons. 

Choirs, grade 6 also planning trips

In addition to the high school band trip to New York that is proposed, several other Pelican Rapids trips are planned this school year.

• Fall Choral Festival at Moorhead State was earlier in October. 

• The 6th grade trip to the Twin Cities is planned May 24-25. 

• The Choir has a trip planned to Duluth, Jan. 24-25. 

• The choir is also planning a trip to Valleyfair in April.