Introducing the MTC Trip Journalist

Music Travel Consultants, the leader in student music group travel, is pleased to announce the MTC Student Trip Journalist program. MTC has long supported the success of student musicians. We also fully support all forms of art expression, writing and other academic endeavors by those in performing groups realizing that many additional hidden talents exist in these young leaders. The Trip Journalist should have an interest in journalism, possibly as a future career and is chosen by the group director. The...

Tipton High School Band Goes on a St. Louis Band Trip

Embarking on a St. Louis Band Trip after over a year of pandemic shutdowns can be challenging and yet, exhilarating for the students and staff. The Tipton HS (IN) band along with Band Director Matthew Skiba, departed on a three-day, two-night excursion to St. Louis, the Arch and the sights and sounds found at Union Station. “When I was young, my parents always ensured we traveled whenever possible to try new things, learn about history and see the world. I...

Ready – Set – Recruit; Rebuilding your program after a pandemic

Recruiting has never been more important than today. Driving down any interstate will guarantee three things: potholes, reckless drivers and plenty of billboards. From Big Macs to big rigs, hospitals to school corporations, the advertising world is fighting for your attention and your attendance. More than one year after the shutdown of every school activity, students are feeling the doldrums of too many meals at home, not enough social life and way too much parenting. Now is the time...

Trip to BOA Grand Nationals Brings Vandegrift Championship

It’s no secret that planning a marching band show takes months of meetings, research and constant reworking of ideas. Putting together a design team to create the product and getting that product on the field is another enormous undertaking. Making the programming come to life with 300 plus students and a small army of parents and supporters raises the stakes to the highest in the pageantry arts. The team at Vandegrift High School in Texas found a way to...

Carmel Band Students, Staff and Alumni Look for the Smiley

Celebrating 25 years of the Carmel Marching Band Smiley Face It was a simple solution to a bigger problem. The weather during the Carmel Band marching season of 1995 had been horrendous. Heavy downpours to snow, the parents were wrapped up in outwear for protection from the elements. Even seeing school colors, the students couldn’t determine where their fans were seated let alone make out any faces in a sea of what seemed to be every group’s colors of blue...

2020: Is it Okay to Travel Again

In a world full of Covid-19 and still many unknowns about the virus and its long-term effects, Senior Travel Designer at Music Travel Consultants, Greg Moore tackles this difficult question in 2020: Is it Okay to Travel Again. The lingering question in the student travel industry for the past four months has been, “When will it be okay to travel again?” A recent six-day excursion to Southwest Florida helped to shed some light on the subject for me. While current traveler...

State Fair Band Day Students Miss More Than Funnel Cakes and Shake-Ups

The Indiana State Fair has a long tradition of serving up the most artery-clogging foods, amazing 4-H representatives, seemingly death-defying carnival attractions and above all, some of the finest marching bands in the Hoosierland on Band Day. Last week, the Indiana State Fair Board announced the cancellation of the annual event causing the cancellation of Band Day due to Covid-19 concerns. Since 1947, Band Day has taken place every year. "The impact will certainly be felt for a long time....

Winter Season Starts Today

With the winter season cut short, it’s time to get back to the drawing board and make decisions for next February. Most winter guards were in the home stretch when the final weekends of the WGI season were canceled due to state shutdowns. Although there may be an opportunity to repurpose costumes or floors and flags, the conceptual adjustments to most programs were complete with just a few weeks remaining to thoroughly clarify all the performance elements of the...

Student Leaders Keep the Band Together

Learning from home, communicating with one another, and keeping the spirit of the band together has been a challenge for all during the pandemic. While weeks rush by without a true understanding of what the summer and fall months will bring, directors and students struggle to make their way through the formidable team building that being together affords. These student leaders have found creative ways to keep the members motivated and looking toward the promise of an upcoming marching band...

Shorter Season Calls for Celebrations During Mini Trips

Please Note: The Contest of Champions has been canceled for 2020. The Contest of Champions should return in 2021. Shortened training periods and potentially limited performance opportunities have band directors far and wide searching for alternatives to larger trips with their marching groups. Many groups look for educational adventures within competitive landscapes with an end-of-season celebration wrapped into one package. Larger, regional drawing contests can serve that very purpose. Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) has been hosting the granddaddy of...