Ideas for High School Marching Band Trips

The Franklin Community Blue Regiment Marching Band performing in the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Walt Disney World.

Ideas for High School Marching Band Trips

With the world full of fascinating music performance destinations, ideas for high school marching band trips are everywhere but sometimes overwhelming. Choosing the right destination for your students can present quite a challenge. That’s why Music Travel Consultants orchestrated a list of ideas for high school marching band trips that are our most successful and most frequently visited destinations. We hope these recommendations can help you in selecting your ultimate music performance trip:

New York City

Walt Disney World

The feeling of marching down Main Street in front of thousands at the happiest place on earth is a cherished event for any marching band. Marching Bands can be a part of Disney magic by marching in parades and participating in workshops in the Disney Performing Arts OnStage program. Applications can be accepted up to one year in advance. Disney also offers the program at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Year-round performance opportunities are available.

Music Travel Consultants has many performance opportunities in Walt Disney World.


  • Want to give your group or students an opportunity to be a part of the most magical parade on earth? Marching in the Disney World Parade exposes your group to a vast number of people from all around the world and creates a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone.
  • Give your Color Guard/Auxiliary the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform a simulated Disney “Special Event” production. Following a high-energy warm-up, your students will learn valuable flag and movement basics. Next, they will be led through a fun-filled and magical routine with exciting choreography on tall flag and swing flag, complete with show props. When your Disney Show Producer gets a call for a last minute “special event,” your students are put through an “audition” and cast into roles for the show. After a simulated Disney rehearsal, the clinic culminates in an exhilarating simulated performance incorporating all of the equipment and prop routines the students have learned.
  • See the importance of discipline in dance, show presentation and movement to dance teams, show choirs, drill teams and color guards. Participants put this insight into action as they learn an actual Disney production number for a backstage performance.
  • Elevate your Choir’s talents with workshops that focus on singing styles, interpretation and vocal dynamics. A Disney vocalist and recording artist also demonstrates how movement can impact song and ways vocal warm-ups enhance performance.
  • Learn elements of live performance with show choirs by focusing on the basics of vocal technique and the fundamentals of staged movement.
  • Witness a hands-on showcase of the essential components of jazz with style. Participating groups examine phrasing improvisation, ensemble sound, jazz styles and the rhythm section.
  • Give your students the unique opportunity to rehearse with and to accompany a professional Walt Disney World musician in a live concert. A critique by the musician of the rehearsal and performance gives your group unique insight into ways to be better performers.
  • Learn valuable fundamentals that raise the level of your group’s performance skills by exposing them to different teaching styles, interpretations, and performance techniques while heightening their awareness of importance of solid technical and musical fundamentals.
  • Take your concert band right into a recording studio and give them the amazing opportunity to record their own soundtrack to a portion of a Disney animated feature.
  • Experience the Candlelight Processional and Massed Choir Program – A special option for Choral Groups. Disney Magic Music Days and Walt Disney® Entertainment are looking for outstanding high school, college, university, church, or community choirs to be part of a Disney holiday tradition. For more than 25 years, this holiday extravaganza has spread the spirit of the season and feelings of goodwill to people from around the world.

    Rich in holiday splendor, the beautiful and inspirational narration of the Christmas story features glimmering light displays, an enchanted “Winter Wonderland” setting in Epcot®, and the wonderful music of a massed choir performing with the Walt Disney World Orchestra. Celebrity narrators add to the excitement of the event while creating a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity for participants. Your group performs thirteen original holiday arrangements. In addition to providing a challenging and educational experience for your program, these unique Disney selections provide a rich addition to your choir’s repertoire.

Washington, D.C.

The only place on the planet where one can visit with a nearly 20-foot tall President Lincoln, read the original U.S. Constitution, see Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and enjoy internationally acclaimed art? Washington, D.C., of course! World-class fun, awe-inspiring monuments, memorials and museums, family-friendly interactive experiences and more offer something for everyone.


The Windy City offers shopping, shows, and kid-friendly museums. As a multicultural city that thrives on the harmony and diversity of its neighborhoods, Chicago today embodies the values of America’s heartland-integrity, hard work, and community and reflects the ideals in the social fabric of its 77 distinct neighborhoods.


America’s gem in the Pacific Ocean, the islands of the 50th state will please you like no place else! The educational performances and the destination highlights are out of this world. Popular performance opportunities include the Ala Moana Center, The USS Missouri, numerous parades, Kapiolani Park, Pearl Harbor, and the Polynesian Cultural Center.


Famed for history, sports competitions, business and education, Philly has it all!

Music Travel Consultants has many performance opportunities in Philadelphia.

Performance Opportunities

  • Philadelphia Independence Day Parade
  • Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • The Battleship New Jersey
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Independence Park Plaza
  • The Shops at Liberty Place
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia History Museum
  • National Constitution Center
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • Church of the Holy Trinity
  • Rittenhouse Square

San Francisco

The City by the Bay will steal your heart with its beautiful views, energetic neighborhoods, engaging history and fantastic food!


Music City is the place to be for great music and food in a down-home big city! Music of all genres is created and performed in Nashville. There are plenty of opportunities for student performances.

Los Angeles

As the second largest city in North America, “LA” is a magical blend of cultures, cuisines, hopes & dreams!


Cleveland ‘Plus’ means a positively good time in northern Ohio, Lake Erie neighborhood.

St. Louis

The ‘Gateway to the West’ is full of “must-sees” and “must-dos”! St. Louis has a wonderful music tradition and it enhances the cultural life of the city. There are many opportunities to share in high quality and accessible educational experiences in music.

Contact Music Travel Consultants to start planning your trip.

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