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Kentucky Derby Trip

April 26-29, 2024​
Trip Packet

Pre-trip Schedule

Wednesday, April 24 3:15 – 4:00 PM Parade rehearsal

Thursday, April 25 3:15 – 4:00 PM Parade rehearsal


5:40 – 6:00 PM – Section Leaders/drum majors check-in and stay to assist throughout the night

6:00 – 6:20 PM – Seniors

6:20 – 6:40 PM – Juniors

6:40 – 7:10 PM – Sophomores & Freshmen

Check the Trip Packet for list of what you must pack (uniform, black socks, instrument, etc...), as well as what you cannot take

*Please remember to bring cash for two tips: your bus driver and hotel house cleaning.

Friday Morning, April 26:

6:30 AM: Attendance in the Main Gym bleachers

Students carry luggage/equipment and go straight from the main gym to the motor coaches. Students are not permitted back in the building.

Estimated Departure: 7:30 AM


About the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade

Enjoy the festival at home - links to recipes, activities and more to help parents enjoy the Derby from home

Great Wolf Lodge Hotel

King's Island

Louisville Weather

Cincinnati Weather

Packing List

Items to include with your packing

*This is NOT a comprehensive list of everything a student will need for the trip

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Uniform Related Items

Black Socks


NSLF blue shirt

Flute or clarinet in suitcase

*These items should be on the top of the suitcase. You will be required to show them to your section leader at luggage check-in



Cash for tips

Other form of payment


Swim bag with swimsuit




Trip Items

Gray trip shirt

Dressy attire for SIX (no shorts, no sweatpants, no t-shirts, no sweatshirts. Remember school dress code applies)

Comfortable walking shoes

Shoes for the swimming area


Friday Morning

Last minute toiletries



Day 1 - Friday, April 26

7:30 a.m. Depart Allison Park, PA. Rest-stop en route.

11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Traditions at Scott Dining Hall, Ohio State University

1:00 p.m. Depart OSU

3:00 p.m. Arrive/Check-In to your hotel, Great Wolf Lodge 

5:54 p.m. Dinner will be provided, Great Wolf Lodge (Taco Bar, Beverage, Pudding & Cookies)

6:45 p.m. Depart Hotel.

8:00 p.m. Show, “Six” at Aronoff Center, Downtown Cincinnati

11:00 p.m. Security at hotel

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2 - Saturday, April 27

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel.

10:00 a.m. Day will be spent at King’s Island. Park Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Lunch will be provided (All Day Dining & Drink Package) Entrée and side, or snack every 90 minutes. Plus all day drinks.

Locations that accept All-Day Dining Deal: Coconut Cove, Coney Bar-B-Que, Enrique’s Canina, Festhaus, Grain & Grill, Island Smokehouse Jukebox Diner, La Rosa’s Pizzeria, Miami River Brewhouse, Panda Express, Planet Snoopy, Potato Works, Skyline Chili French Corner, Tom &


Dinner will be provided at King's Island (All Day Dining & Drink Package)

6:30 p.m. Optional return to Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark.

11:00 p.m. Security at hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Sunday, April 28

6:30 a.m. Breakfast at hotel.

7:45 a.m. Depart Hotel.

10:30 a.m. Arrival Churchill Downs and change into uniform

10:50 a.m. Group Photo

11:00 a.m. Guided tour and then free time in museum*

12:00 p.m. Boxed Lunch at buses, depart at 12:40PM.

1:00 p.m. Staging/Line-Up, Louisville, KY

3:00 p.m. Hampon H.S. Marching Band to perform in Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade. Post-parade snacks will be provided.

8:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided. (Pizza, Bread Sticks, Beverage, Sundae Bar, Cookies) DJ Dance.

11:00 p.m. Security at hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks & Dinner

Day 4 - Monday, April 29

7:15 a.m. Breakfast at hotel.

8:45 a.m. Check-out/depart hotel. Rest stop en route

12:45 p.m. Lunch, fast-food, Panera Bread/Chick-fil-A

2:00 p.m. Depart lunch

3:30 p.m. Approximate return to Hampton High School.

Meals: Breakfast

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