Travel to Australia for an Unforgettable Lacrosse Experience!
Get Experience Training with College Coaches
Experience the beautiful beaches and wildlife of Australia
Join us for an incredible lacrosse tour of Australia! In addition to educational tours and sightseeing in Melbourne and Sydney, the group will play three international games against top local junior club teams. In addition, the team will have two training sessions led by our college coaching staff. Beyond Sports is the world leader in international sport tours and we are excited to offer this opportunity to you!
Program Cost: $4,995
Program cost includes hotel accommodations, all tours and entrance fees, three international matches, training sessions with U.S. college coaches, all local transportation, international health insurance, two meals daily, tour uniform and round-trip airfare from LAX.
Lacrosse Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Depart from Hub Airport with the group (LAX). The group will be accompanied by tour coaches and Beyond Sports staff for the duration of the tour.
Day 2: Travel day/time change.
Day 3: Arrival at Melbourne Airport. Students shuttled to the hotel for check-in followed by orientation session, first team practice, and a welcome dinner. Overnight in Melbourne.
Day 4: Practice #2 in the morning. Spend the afternoon exploring the famous Queen Victoria Market, the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere! You’ll find just about everything you can imagine from fresh produce, countless food stalls, and an impressive arts and craft scene perfect for picking up souvenirs. Game #1 in the evening. Overnight in Melbourne.
Day 5: We’ll get a taste of Australia’s beautiful countryside with a day trip along the Great Ocean Road! This Australian National Heritage offers breathtaking views along a rugged coastline. We’ll go as far as Port Campbell National Park for an amazing photo opportunity at the 12 Apostles. Overnight in Melbourne.
Day 6: Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most livable city for the last six years! Enjoy some free time exploring the city with your new teammates followed by Game #2 in the evening. Overnight in Melbourne.
Day 7: We'll load the bus to visit some of the iconic areas of Melbourne on a day-long Melbourne city tour. Stops include the vibrant beach scene of St. Kilda and the charming coastal town of Brighton. Overnight in Melbourne.
Day 8: The morning and early afternoon are free for activities of your choosing! Our guides will provide recommendations and you can choose your adventure. The world famous Melbourne Zoo is always a popular choice! Game #3 in the evening. Overnight in Melbourne.
Day 9: Travel day flying from Melbourne to Sydney. After checking into our hotel, we will have some free time to explore Darling Harbour before a night out for dinner. Overnight in Sydney.
Day 10: As a group, we’ll tour the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The most adventurous among us can sign up for the Harbour Bridge Climb, where you will walk the upper structures of the bridge taking in spectacular views while securely connected to the structure by harness and climbing ropes. Overnight in Sydney.
Day 11: Enjoy the famous Bondi to Coogee Beach walk. Keep your eyes on the water, this is peak whale season! We'll enjoy a special farewell dinner in the evening recounting our favorite memories from the trip. Overnight in Sydney.
Day 12: Say our goodbyes as we head to Sydney International Airport for travel back to the U.S. Crossing the international dateline, we'll arrive in the U.S. on the same day as we depart.
Please understand that the final itinerary may change slightly based the confirmed game schedule. We will do our best to follow this exact itinerary.
Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:
About the Bands
Small Group Instruction
This year, small group instruction will be centered around our solo and ensemble unit. Each student will prepare a solo, and small group instructors will be in during the months of January and February to help prepare students for their solo performance.
Junior Concert Band
This group is designed for 11th and 12th graders who are ready to
study and learn challenging repertoire. Advanced concepts of phrasing, musical
precision, and interpretation will be stressed. Though concert repertoire remains at the
core of the curriculum, members have the opportunity to explore
jazz, chamber music, and marching band. Student learning is personalized and
assessed in small group instruction. Activities include performances at music festivals,
eligibility for solo/ensemble performances, and regular public performances.
Director - Douglas J. Brown
Director - Michael Ver Voort
Director - Eric Rothacker
Eric Rothacker is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is a student of Dr. Jeffrey Lyman and Dr. Colleen Conway (B.M. in Bassoon Performance '18, B.M. in Music Education '18). Eric also completed his student teaching with Mr. Nate Lampman, the Michigan Association of Teacher Educators Mentor Teacher of the Year (2018).
Students are highly encouraged to take private lessons with outside professionals to enrich their music experience. Approximately 1 of every 3 of MHS band students study privately. Mr. Ver Voort maintains this updated list of local professional teachers.
Info for Parents
During our trips, our top priority is the safety of our student-athletes. If you have any questions or concerns about safety, we encourage you to set up a time to discuss them with our staff.
Family travel information is provided in our tour brochures.
When you're ready to register for the tour use the form below to begin the registration process.
Family members have until April 30th to register.