Pride of South Band Marches at Disney

After two years of postponement, the Terre Haute South HS (IN) Pride of South Band Disney trip was finally a go. Ride along with MTC Trip Journalist Trinity Miranda on her unforgettable trip to Orlando with the Pride of South Band. The 15-hour bus ride to Florida was a rough start for our trip, containing children vomiting, students vomiting and a baby wailing. That being said, the adorable baby was also one of the highlights of the bus rides. Day 1 -...

Dean, Herrmann Join MTC Sales Team

Tom Dean, Travel Designer After 32 years teaching instrumental music in Indiana, Tom Dean joins the Music Travel sales team. Dean holds Music Education degrees from Ball State University (IN) and Bowling Green State University (OH). In 1993, Tom returned to his alma mater, Castle HS (IN) and began a long and fulfilling career. MTC Travel Designer Tom Dean Under his leadership, the Castle Band was a consistent Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Finalist in marching band, concert band and jazz...

Staff Additions, New Positions at MTC

With increased demands for student travel comes a need for additional members on the Music Travel office team. Read below about new positions at MTC. Heather Davis joined the Music Travel team just after our return to the office. Heather brings oodles of enthusiasm and wit to her role as MTC's Workplace Culture Consultant. She comes to MTC from a diverse background in leadership and professional development in the private, non-profit and government sectors. Her love of music performance runs deep -...

Granite City Band Makes Memories in Orlando

After several destination changes, finally getting the Granite City Band on the road with Orlando on the horizon made for an exciting yet long anticipated departure. Read along as MTC Trip Journalist Catelynn Liniger recaps her journey with the Granite City Band to the happiest place on Earth. We had been looking forward to this trip for months! After our NYC and Chicago trips were canceled due to the pandemic, the Granite City HS (IL) Marching Warriors were very excited to...

Rose Parade Performance Trip Leaves Lasting Impression

The cancellation of the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2021, left many students waiting to experience a once in a lifetime moment. March along on the journey of MTC Trip Journalist Traye Geissler and his adventures during a week in Southern California with the Bands of America Honor Band on a Rose Parade Performance Trip. A BOA Rose Parade Journal Day 1 (December 26) – The Journey Begins Today was the first day of my foray into the unknown. Like a kid on...

Macy’s Parade – From the Inside Looking Out

The tradition runs deep. From when I was a young child to now, a grandfather, Thanksgiving Day has included family, Mamma Stamper's Applesauce Cake, entirely too much food and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Whether watching the event on TV, standing in the rain as my children marched by back in 2007 or capturing the event live last November, the hype and shear magnitude of this annual monstrosity is not for the squeamish. Organizations attending a performance event over a national...

Michael Gray and Andrew Moran Take on New Roles at MTC

Music Travel Consultants is excited to announce two staff promotions. Michael Gray and Andrew Moran have accepted new challenges on the MTC leadership team. Read below how Gray and Moran will be impacting the company. Michael Gray joined the MTC team in 2009 as a Travel Designer. In 2016, he took on the role of Director of Sales and has been instrumental in achieving the sales goals he set for the company. Gray has been promoted to Vice President of Business...

Mental Health Benefits of Music Performance

It’s common knowledge that music has therapeutic benefits for both the musician and the listener. You don’t have to be a professional or make a living from music. You don’t even need a big audience. The simple act of making music has been shown to be helpful to our minds, bodies and our mental health. Read below to learn more about the mental health benefits of music performance. Building Confidence and Competence Demonstrable benefits accrue when you pursue music. Confidence and self-esteem...

Berry Band Enjoys Workshop at Universal Studios

The Logansport HS (IN) Berry Band made a 4-day trip to Orlando to visit parks and participate in the STARS Program Workshop. Read below as MTC Trip Journalist Emily Gellinger takes us through the Berry Band's adventures. The band plays arcade games at the HUB after breakfast. The Hub allows students to change clothes and have a meal after the bus ride to Florida. The day slowly crept by on Friday, all the travelers anticipating the end of the day and the...

MTC Adds Health and Safety Team for BOA Grand Nationals

In an effort to support the Music For All mission statement of providing positively life changing experiences, Music Travel Consultants presents our Health and Safety Team. MTC is very fortunate to have Dr. Vivien Tucker, M.D., and Terry Valentine of Valentine Consulting onsite in Indianapolis during the entire BOA event. Their purpose is to assist and advise parents, chaperones, directors and school administrators regarding any possible COVID-19 medical situations. Dr. Vivien Tucker Dr. Tucker was instrumental in creating the COVID-Free Bubble...