Author - Andrew Moran

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, [...]
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 [...]
Macy's Thanskgiving Day Parade Band Travel

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Band Tours

Marching through The Big Apple in New York City’s world-famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a major accomplishment for any Band Director and his/her band.  Learn why Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Band Tours with Music Travel Consultants are second to none! At the top of the list of New York’s attractions is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade is the famous department store's annual gift to children everywhere! Held in Manhattan, on Thanksgiving morning, this is one of America’s [...]
Florence, Italy performance with Music Travel Consultants

Top European Performance Destinations

Here are our top European performance destinations: With a world full of fascinating music performance destinations, just choosing the perfect spot for your students can present quite a challenge. When you travel, the destination will be dictated largely by your group members. However, keep in mind that prices, particularly of flights, are considerably less expensive when choosing non-peak times. London is known as a great destination for a performance group tour, because of its fine choral tradition and numerous old cathedrals [...]
Music Travel Consultants with Andrew Moran

Fitness in Marching Band: 100 Pounds Lighter

As musicians, we all know that to present our music best, we have to be in peak mental health. Music, in turn, reinforces our mental health. But, being at the top of our musical game is also facilitated (or hindered) by our physical health. Here’s my story… Following my student teaching placement at Avon High School in Avon, IN, I remember hopping on the scales at my doctor’s office, and as the nurse slid the weight past 235…240…245…250 lbs., I [...]