Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade and Race Marching Band Trips

Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade and Race Marching Band Trips

Many people visit the heart of Indiana every year, but one annual event, the running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, surpasses all others.  Best known as the home of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” Indianapolis hosts the world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500, over Memorial Day Weekend in May. The race has been run for over 100 years, and Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade and Race Marching Band Trips are a great way for a band to […]

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Bowl Games for Your Student Performance Group

Bowl Games for Your Student Performance Group

Attending a collegiate Bowl Game is great fun, but performing at a Bowl Game is an achievement reserved only for a select few. Bowl games for your student performance group require careful planning. Some parades and half-time shows require audition tapes, application materials, and confirmations up to 2 years in advance. Let Music Travel Consultants walk you through the choices!

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Imagine your band performing in New Orleans’ Mercedes Benz Super Dome for 75,000 plus fans! In addition to […]

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The Dedicated Band Parents

The Dedicated Band Parent

At your next student performance, look around for the dedicated band parents. You’ll find the dedicated band parents, hustling and helping out before and after the show. They’re down in the trenches: working five to six nights a week on props, prepping the semi for a long-haul event, pushing hard at a fund-raiser to make sure all the performers can afford to go on that trip of a lifetime. You’ll easily find them–the Dedicated Band/Orchestra/Debate/Choir/Theatre/Winter Guard/Athletic Team/Percussion Parents–noticeable, efficient […]

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What is your instrument's name?

What is your instrument’s name?

Have you ever been asked, “What is your instrument’s name?” You might have had a fellow director or student refer to his/her trumpet as a squeaky cheek exploder or a tuba as an elephant burp gun. Then there are instruments with questionable names like Didgeridoo or Sackbut. Some musicians refer to their instrument as he or she. After meeting 1000’s of musicians, we learned quite a few people name their instrument. Sometimes they are hilarious. Sometimes they are sentimental […]

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Tom Young on a recent trip to Disney, hanging with his 2 best friends, Jeff Buchanan and Goofy.

Meet MTC Tour Director Tom Young

Meet MTC Tour Director Tom Young, who uses his die-hard commitment to excellence and experience to make sure a music director’s trip is successful.
Rest assured, if the unpredictable happens on your trip, your Music Travel Consultants Tour Director is at your side from start to finish. Excellent MTC Tour Directors like Tom tackle the unpredictable and put your trip back on the road. After 35 years of teaching music and understanding what directors need on trips, Tom knows what […]

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Performance Travel with Special Needs

Performance Travel with Special Needs or Dietary Restrictions

If you, or a loved one, have a special need or dietary restriction and will be traveling with a marching band, choir, or orchestra, Music Travel Consultants has you covered. When a group is focused on its performance, it is easy to overlook issues with accessibility, facilities, and other factors to consider to ensure all members of the group are able to participate and enjoy the trip to the fullest extent. Performance travel with special needs members requires extra […]

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Why Music Education Matters

Why Music Education Matters

As a Music Director, has anyone asked you, “Why Does Music Education Matter?” Music education is becoming more of a challenge because states are cutting arts funding from schools. When discussing lack of funding for the arts, a reason often cited is that budgets are being slashed in favor of improvements in academic performance. Those who believe that music isn’t as important as other core academic subjects are uneducated about how music can benefit students, both emotionally and in […]

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Music Travel Consultants Tour Director Steven Box

Meet Music Travel Consultants Tour Director Steven Box

Meet Music Travel Consultants Tour Director Steven Box, a master of music education.
A native of Northwestern Ohio (Liberty Center) and a graduate of Otsego High School, Steven Box received his Bachelor of Music Degree in 1980 from Bowling Green State University, where he studied under Mark Kelly, John Deal, and Ivan Hammond. He earned his Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Akron in 2002.
Steve began his teaching career in the Rolling Hills Local School District (Meadowbrook […]

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Choosing the right destination for your performance group

Choosing the right destination for your performance group

Whether you are planning your first trip as a music director, or you are a veteran of many performance trips, choosing the perfect destination for your performance group can be a bigger challenge than you expect. Picking the right destination can help develop ever-lasting bonds and a positive group culture.  Such trips can be life-changing for your group. Everyone involved wants to experience a trip they will look back on with fond memories. Hopefully, these quick tips will help […]

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Valley Christian Conservatory - Hawaii Performance Tour with Music Travel Consultants

Featured Destination: Hawaii Band Trip with Valley Christian Conservatory

Ever dreamed about a trip to the Pacific islands?  Join Valley Christian Conservatory band on its journey to Hawaii!  The Islands of Aloha are home to nature’s riches:  snow-white sand beaches, breath-taking mountain views, volcanos, picture-perfect tropical rain-forests, sparkling waters filled with vibrant sea life and playful dolphins. These travelers enjoyed it all, including performances in the Pan Pacific Parade and at Pearl Harbor!
With a Music Travel Tour Director at its side, the band flew from San Jose International Airport […]

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