One of the many bands performing in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.

Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Is your high school marching band looking for a unique Spring Break trip that provides a rewarding performance experience? How about traveling to Savannah, GA and participating in one of the oldest, largest and most-recognized Saint Patrick's Day parades in the world? Savannah's Saint Patrick's Day Parade marching band trips make for a unique, perfect mix of educational performance and fun. How? Crowds of a half-million spectators each year and Savannah is within a one-hour drive of four major [...]

Sue Guindon, Pam Britton, and Nancy Reichmann in Time Square.

Meet Music Travel Consultants Tour Director Pam Britton

If the unpredictable happens on your performance trip, your dedicated Music Travel Consultants Tour Director is at your side to tackle problems and keep the trip on track. Music Travel Consultants Tour Directors like Pam Britton flatten the bumps to make sure that no one misses out on trip features they worked so hard to reach.
A true southern girl with a warm smile and loads of charm, Pam Britton loves to travel.  Born in Biloxi, Mississippi into an Air [...]

Achieving Good Vibrations with Josh Ellis

Josh Ellis has been an educator for 15 years. He has taught all grades, K-12, in various Music, Humanities and Language Arts environments. A requested judge and clinician throughout the Midwest, Mr. Ellis is currently band director at Avon Intermediate School East, a feeder to the storied Avon High School band program in Avon, IN. Josh Ellis's students regularly receive "Gold, with Distinction" ratings at Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) contests, and he was 2013 Teacher of the [...]

Members of The Purdue "All-American" Marching Band posing with the World's Largest Drum.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the Purdue “All American” Marching Band!

As the one national holiday celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, on St. Patrick's Day, everyone wants to be Irish. And one of the very best tours for a marching band is the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland's capital!  Picture it:  Dublin city centre is closed to traffic, 500,000 people line the streets, dressed "Head to Toe" in green. The sun is beaming in the sky. In the distance you can hear the [...]

Flying or Failing

Group Flight Check-In Tips with Music Travel Consultants

As charter motor coach prices rise, the travel industry is seeing an uptick in the number of student performance groups that fly. Flying means new challenges.  Airport check-in can sometimes make the first day of a trip absolutely miserable.  With its ever-changing rules and regulations, the flight check-in process can be intimidating.  It seems each airline does something different.  There's all this new security, and TSA is always changing and upgrading. Or, maybe it's your first time flying? Regardless, [...]

MTC Tour Director Chris Taylor

Meet MTC Tour Director Chris Taylor

Most Music Directors love it when there's a Music Travel Consultants Tour Director at his or her side, 24/7 during the trip, to handle the details and rescue the group from the unpredictable! Luckily, many Music Directors make a great impression on us! Meet MTC Tour Director Chris Taylor. With a welcoming, warm personality and quick wit, client-turned-MTC Tour Director Chris Taylor is ready to tackle the unpredictable and bring you the best trip possible!

Chris with his Pendleton staff [...]

Music Travel Consultants Welcomes Greg Moore as Senior Travel Designer.

Music Travel Consultants Welcomes Greg Moore as Senior Travel Designer

The Prodigal Son Returns…to Music Travel Consultants (MTC)!
After fifteen years working for several student travel companies throughout the country, the prodigal son, Greg Moore, has returned to the company that was instrumental in forming his career in student performance group travel.  A 33-year veteran of the student and youth travel industry, he has worked alongside some of the best and brightest travel minds in North America. His return to Music Travel Consultants brings his career full circle!

The Moore Family, avid [...]

The Avon High School Orchestra from Indiana performs for a packed house in Rome at the Oratory of San Francesco Saverio del Caravita.

Featured Destination: Avon Orchestra’s Trip to Italy & Austria

Avon Orchestra's trip to Italy and Austria:  Three once-in-a-lifetime performances in Rome, Florence and Salzburg, plus fun in Siena!
Part of the Avon Community School Corporation, in Avon, Indiana, the Avon High School Symphony Orchestra was created in 2007. It has grown rapidly since then, to four full orchestras filled with over 700 students from grades 6 through 12.  Under the guiding baton of its Director, the multi-talented Dean Westman, the Avon Orchestras have consistently earned Gold Medals at Indiana State [...]

Paige with her number one dude (Oliver), Paige in Pisa, and Paige with friend and fellow MTC Tour Director Morgan Burgett at the Happiest Place on Earth in Disneyland, CA.

Meet MTC Tour Director Paige Carter

Meet MTC Tour Director Paige Carter. Paige is one of our most charismatic and accomplished Tour Directors, and from her very first trip, it was clear that Paige had what it takes to give performance groups the care and attention to needs that create wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime trips!
MTC Tour Director Paige Carter was born and raised in Arizona and considers herself a “desert-dweller.” She started dancing at the age three and quickly realized she had found a life-long passion for [...]

William Henry Harrison High School Choir performing at Disney Springs

Popular USA Student Performance Venues

Searching for popular USA student performance venues? In which your group can play, or attend a clinic to improve its music?  There are literally hundreds around our country, to say nothing (in this article) of the opportunities available worldwide.  Often, we find music directors are shocked to learn their ensembles can perform at some of these cool places. If you've been seeking, but not finding, take a look at this short list:

Lake Buena Vista, Florida • Walt Disney World
Disney [...]