School sues travel company owner for fraud after trip cancelation amid COVID-19 pandemic

Musical Destinations has not responded to questions from News 6

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – An Alabama school district has filed a lawsuit against a Central Florida travel company after its high school marching band’s trip to Walt Disney World was canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The St. Clair County Board of Education accused Musical Destinations Inc. of fraud and breach of contract for allegedly failing to issue $105,865 in refunds to the band when the theme parks temporarily closed last spring.

Musical Destinations arranges transportation, hotels, dining, theme park tickets and activities for youth groups performing at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, according to the company’s website.

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“We were supposed to get a full refund for the entire cost of the trip because we could not make the trip, based on the pandemic,” Superintendent Mike Howard said. “We have not received any money as of yet.”

The owner of Musical Destinations, Joseph “Jody” Cooper, is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Cooper has not responded to multiple emails, voicemails and text messages from News 6 seeking comment.

“The representations made by Cooper and Musical Destinations were false, and Defendants knew they were false,” the school district lawsuit states.

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