Bell Flight to Rome

Good Evening Band Parents,

I am sending this to everyone since it has been on the news and want to get the most up to date information on the delays of our the Bell flight to Rome. Mr. Stone has the rest of the band members in Rome all set for a day of sight-seeing.  

The big news for today. The Bell flight is finally headed to Rome. The tour company has been negotiating with American Airlines since the flight was canceled and here is the schedule.  All times are local to where the students will be.


3:30 am. - Wake up in Philadelphia.

4:00 am - Board the bus to JFK airport in New York City. It is a 2 hour drive and they are giving us three hours.

9:00 am. Flight #9258 American Airlines. American Airlines added it to the day. It is a Boing 777. It is a direct flight.

Midnight- Arrival in Rome.

The Bell Flight will join the tour for everything on Friday. The Frescati Street festival and the concert.


We have been at the Clarion Hotel. 76 Industrial Highway. Essignton, PA. 19029.

Bobby Andrew, General Manager.

Phone: 610-521-9600x1191.


This place has been fantastic. They quickly got us to rooms at 3:00 am on Wednesday, when we arrived. They got us food for breakfast, set up a big room to hang out, a projector and speaker to show movies, decks of cards, and cold water to drink. They worked with us to have a private catered 4:00 pm dinner. Chicken, veggies, an excellent roasted potato mix and cheesecake. The staff here was great.

In addition, the kids were also fantastic and rolled with the flow. All are disappointed they didn’t get to Rome on time. They have been hanging with their friends and playing cards. I am very proud of how they have reacted. The tag alongs were just as great in keeping an eye on everyone and helping out wherever needed. I heard “can I help out with anything” so many times.

I admit it has been interesting to follow this on social media. WISN was there for our departure and following us the entire way. WTMJ was second. Later tonight, Fox 6 did contact the school. Thanks to parent calls, I heard from the offices of Rep. Sensenbrenner, Gov. Walker, and Sen. Johnson. Mr. Farren and Mr. Holmes have also been kept up to date with all our travels to make sure the students are safe.  


I also received calls, texts, and notes from parents with helpful comments and suggestions.

There will be more follow up with this “bump” in the road.


Thanks to everyone and I look forward to finally getting to Rome.

Mr. Bell