However, I also need to get them out of town en masse. In the last version, this was accomplished with a marching band competition, and I'd like to keep the musical angle if possible.
Would a community college have or sponsor its own band or orchestra? If not, are there such things as non-professional community orchestras (or other semi-classical musical ensemble)? Something these guys could join to pad resumes, keep them out of trouble, or just keep their hands in?
If there are, is there any reason the whole troupe, or a significant part of it, might go out of town for an overnight trip?