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Welcome to the China Tour web site with information about the proposed tour of China this summer by the New Trier High School Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra.

Password ProtectedThe Bulletin Board and Tour Personnel pages both require a password.  You will be prompted to register a new account or enter your current password.

Our air transportation to China has been booked. We are flying on Northwest Airlines to Detroit. After a change of planes  (747 with American pilots), we fly direct to Beijing.

At the December 13, 1999 meeting of the New Trier Township School Board, the China Tour Proposal was unanimously accepted! Let's get on with the fund raising and leap forward to receive our shots! (An edited version of the formal proposal distributed and voted on by the Board is posted. It is the most brief written presentation of our tour published so far.)

This web site will be the primary source for communication before and DURING the tour of China. We encourage you to share this web site address with friends around Chicago and the rest of the world.

Explore the New Trier Jazz Studies web site. It has served over 30,000 "visits" since it was launched in October 1998 and is also the source for watching the webcasts of all Jazz Ensemble concerts and this season's Spring Orchestra Concert.

Anything added to the China Tour page will be mentioned here.


Chick Corea and Gary Burton have agreed to perform their Grammy-winning DUET in a benefit concert on behalf of our China Tour Fund. The concert will be Saturday, April 29, 2000, at 7:30 p.m. 
For ticket information
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IMMUNIZATIONS

According to our Tour Physician...

"Everyone should get vaccinated for Hepatitis A. This consists of two injections, six months apart. The first injection should be at least 4-6 weeks before we leave. It will provide protection. The second injection, 6 months later, can be given before or after we return and will provide long lasting protection. 

Typhoid is optional, but I think it would be advisable for everyone. It is available either as an injection or an oral capsule, 4 doses given every other day over the course of a week. This should be given at least 4-6 weeks before departure. 

Everyone should have had a Tetanus booster within the past ten years. Hepatitis B is not essential, due to the low risk.  Our main risk is likely to be traveler's diarrhea. Cipro (500 mg twice daily) is a good antibiotic to treat this. Everyone should bring their own antibiotic as well as Immodium (anti-diarrheal) for symptomatic treatment.  It may be difficult to find Western medicines in Chinese pharmacies, so each traveler should bring their own supply of cold medications such as Tylenol and Sudafed,etc. Any illness should be reported to me so I can assist in monitoring the use of medications. Of course, all medical issues will be kept confidential.  All of these issues should be discussed with each traveler's personal physician."

Announcements

A change in summer plans now allows Phil Smith (Music Department Chairman) and his wife, Marcia to travel as a chaperone on the tour.


Britbergs Photo Studio (in Winnetka) will take passport and visa pictures on the first Thursday when we get back in January. (Janury 6, 2000) Pictures are required for visas for everyone, and if you need a passport you will also need pictures. He will take them during Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble rehearsals on that day. We will have passport applications for those who need them. Visa application will be made later. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING FOR YOU PASSPORT AND VISAS.  (Visas will be obtain by our tour operator for us.) The cost of 4 pictures will only be $10. (Two for passport and 2 for visa.) You will get instant delivery of the pictures. You may pay in cash or check when you sit for your pictures.


It now appears that the dates for the tour are now back to our original dates... June 9 through June 20.


We are excited to announce that the Spring Orchestra Concert on Friday, April 28, will be broadcast LIVE on the INTERNET. If you provide us with email addresses, we will send out a reminder the week of the concert for people to tune in to... http://ntjazz.com  to see the broadcast.


Dr. Robert Freilich will be traveling as our tour physician! Dr. Freilich has completed his research regarding health issues and is providing his recommendations on immunization. GO TO THE BULLETIN BOARD to read his statement. (Password required.)

Summer study abroad program in CHINA is now being offered by New Trier.

Site Content Highlights

School Board Proposal - At the December 13, 1999 meeting of the New Trier Township School Board, the China Tour Proposal was unanimously accepted! Let's get on with the fund raising and leap forward to receive our shots! (An edited version of the formal proposal distributed and voted on by the Board is posted. It is the most brief written overview of our tour published so far.)

Dr. Freilich's statement - Our Tour Physicians comments about the need for shots and other health matters is published on the Bulletin Board page (password required) Posted December 5, 1999)

Travel Experience - An overview of the international and domestic travel experience of the adults on tour. (posted Nov. 22, 1999)