Teacher of the Year Embraces French and Guard

From humble beginnings in a small town in Indiana, Brayton Mendenhall has achieved at every level of his performing and teaching career. Being named 2021 Ben Davis HS (IN) Teacher of the Year and a finalist for 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year has given him validation that he is doing the right work. Mendenhall has been teaching French for 10 years, nine of which have been at Ben Davis. Quebec Parliament with Ben Davis HS (IN) students in 2016 Mendenhall...
Musicians Abroad

Musicians Abroad Presented by MTC

Music Travel Consultants is excited to provide the travel and planning services for Musicians Abroad. The inaugural European tour will be for the state of Indiana in June of 2023. Imagine meeting new friends from throughout your state, all with incredible talents and, like you, a love of music. Imagine spending three days working diligently to hone your abilities while learning to perform with your peers. Imagine a 14-day adventure to eight countries, performing in state-of-the-art venues. Imagine the life-long...
Educational Destinations

MTC Sister Company Perfect for Educational Destinations

Music directors across the country have enjoyed the level of commitment, service and value they and their groups have received on a trip with Music Travel Consultants. Utilizing the resources and vast amount of travel knowledge at our fingertips, it was a natural decision to offer those great services in all forms of educational student travel. Enter our division called Educational Destinations. Have you heard of Educational Destinations? Just as MTC is the leader for student music performance travel, Educational...

Taylor Marching Titans Band Trip to Cleveland

Early mornings, water slides, coasters, baseball and rock and roll lead to a busy, fun-filled weekend for the Taylor HS (IN) marching band. Jump on board as MTC Trip Journalist Chloey Johnson recalls the ups and downs of her band trip to Cleveland. Taylor HS Band (IN) records the national anthem in Progressive Field The first day began before the sun even rose. We started the morning off with Dans Donuts and a bunch of tired teenagers waiting to fall asleep...

East Carteret Mariner Band Trip to Disney

The students, staff and parents of the East Carteret HS (NC) group waited patiently through six date changes for their band trip to Disney. Patience paid off as they embarked on several days in the happiest place on Earth. Relive the experience as MTC Trip Journalist Kathryn Barnes recounts their travels to Walt Disney World. Trip T-shirt with all cancelled dates crossed out (left), East Carteret HS Mariner Band ready to board the busses for Orlando (right) Departing on the evening...
MTC Appreciation Reception

Return of The Midwest Clinic and a Celebration of the Return to Travel

MTC is excited to be back at The Midwest Clinic and to celebrate with you the return of travel. Please join us for a reception on Wednesday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency in McCormick’s Place. You can pick up an admission ticket at the booth on the day of the event or email MidwestCelebration@musictravel.com and we’ll send you all the specifics. Also, schedule an “Oh, The Places We’ll Go,” consultation with your dedicated Travel Designer during the convention. They’ll...
Ensemble rehearsal for the Easley HS Marching Band

So You Think It’s Time for a Social Media Intern

Keeping pace with the ever-changing, always posting lives of your program. Your performance group's social media is essential when promoting your program. The world of social media continues to grow and engrain itself into our everyday lives. The introduction of social media accounts by all the major entertainment industries keeps us up to date and informed across all platforms. The marching arts are opening the curtain to their process in hopes of engaging new members while keeping their supporters and...
The Cathedral HS (IN) Band performs at Universal Studios

Cathedral HS Trip Worth 18 Months of Delays

MTC is excited to release a blog by our first Student Trip Journalist, Nick Rodecap. Enjoy the highlights and memories as Nick and the Cathedral High School Band travel to the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios. Day one: The first post-Covid trip for many, including me. It was strange to be back in an airport, but there we were. This trip had been 18 months in the making and it was finally taking off. Speaking of which, that...

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...