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News About Universal STARS Program From American Tours & Travel

The Universal STARS Program has undergone some important changes!

A Brand New Changing Facility

The facility, which is maintained and used only by the STARS Performance Program, was completed at the end of 2011 and we couldn’t be more excited. The facility is air-conditioned, has separate male and female changing areas with bathrooms and water fountains, and will afford students the ability to change in and out of uniforms and costumes before and after performances.

Digital Photo of Your Performance

At no additional cost, each STARS Performance group will now receive a digital photo of their performance with the STARS logo on it. It is just STARS’ way of saying “Thank You” for participating in Universal Orlando’s STARS Performance Program.

 More Attention, and Ultimately, Larger Audiences

The STARS Program and its associated Performances will now be advertised through the park using digital board technology. Participating marching bands will be highlighted on the boards, letting park-goers know when and where to catch the next STARS performance.

Click here to learn more about participating in the Universal STARS program!

Welcome Yokohama Soei Junior Senior High from Tokyo!

We are excited to welcome a group of students from Yokohama Soei Junior Senior High School, located in Tokyo, Japan!

 The students are coming to Orlando to visit Universal Studios and Walt Disney World, where they will participate in marching and wind instrument performances at the parks.

Click on the video to see the group in action!

The students, along with their Marching Band Director, Fiji Shigaki, will arrive in Orlando on December 23rd and will be in town for the holidays. We look forward to showing them all that Orlando has to offer, from attractions and restaurants to theme parks and entertainment! It will be a wonderful time and we will have photos to share soon.

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Get Ready For The 2012 All American Music Festival

Polish your woodwinds and shine your brass for Orlando’s oldest and most prestigious music festival and competition–the 2012 All-American Music Festival.

The festival will take center stage in the kingdom of fun and entertainment — Orlando, Florida—so participants can enjoy everything that the city has to offer while in town. We advise all competitors to spend a few days in the Sunshine State, enjoying the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Resort, SeaWorld, Wet N Wild, Aquatica, The Fun Spot, Downtown Disney, Universal CityWalk and many other attractions.

This exciting musical competition is the pinnacle performance for any high school or middle school musical group. Every performance is professionally judged and prizes are awarded in multiple categories. An awards ceremony is held the evening of the competition and trophies and plaques are awarded to the students and directors for their participation.

The All-American Music Festival welcomes all musical groups, including bands, dance groups, choirs, orchestras, drill and auxiliary teams, and color guard. The festival takes place every Saturday from March 10th to June 2nd, 2012.

2012 Festival Dates:

March 10, 17, 24 & 31

April 7, 14, 21 & 28

May 5, 12,19 & 26

June 2