Castlewood Singers Explore, Entertain in Portugal, Spain

Travelers began checking in at Indianapolis International mid-morning in early June. Luggage in tow, it was a much-anticipated departure for a performance trip to Portugal and Spain that had a few postponements. As noon approached, the members of Castlewood Singers boarded the plane and were on their way to Portugal. Castlewood Singers, is a semi-professional mixed ensemble based in the Indianapolis area. Their music incorporates a wide variety of choral styles, including classical, contemporary, sacred, spiritual and Broadway tunes. Scott Bradford is...

Daviess County Band of Pride Takes on Disney

Despite a rainy start, the Daviess County HS (KY) Band of Pride set out on their journey to Walt Disney World. Join MTC Trip Journalist Nolan Fleming on his exciting days with the Daviess County Band of Pride. April 25, 2022: On a rainy, muddy Monday morning, many DCHS Band of Pride Members, including myself, rolled themselves out of bed after a long, hard weekend at Winter Guard International (WGI) finals. All of us that participated may have found ourselves exhausted,...

MTC Announces Partnership with Bennett Travel

Last spring, Music Travel Consultants began talks with the ownership of Bennett Travel. It was determined that a partnership between the two companies would be beneficial for both entities. Over the summer months, the partnership was formed and now known as Bennett Travel, powered by Music Travel Consultants. Bennett Travel has been a Michigan staple in the student travel industry since 2008. Staffed and operated by former educators, Bennett Travel is proud to serve educators and their student groups. Designing tours...

Campbell Retires Leaving Rich Legacy

Rick Campbell is a quick-witted man with a quip in every pocket and a kind word in every breath. As an owner, leader and friend, he has been a guiding force in the processes, professionalism and growth at Music Travel Consultants. This summer, he retired after 44 years in the group travel industry of which 32 were spent with the early companies that eventually became Music Travel Consultants. “I had heard of Rick Campbell when I was a band director,” said...

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...