Author - Ben Hilmer

The Dedicated Band Parents

The Dedicated Band Parent

At your next student performance, look around for the dedicated band parents. You'll find the dedicated band parents, hustling and helping out before and after the show. They're down in the trenches: working five to six nights a week on props, prepping the semi for a long-haul event, pushing hard at a fund-raiser to make sure all the performers can afford to go on that trip of a lifetime. You'll easily find them--the Dedicated Band/Orchestra/Debate/Choir/Theatre/Winter Guard/Athletic Team/Percussion Parents--noticeable, efficient...
Valley Christian Conservatory - Hawaii Performance Tour with Music Travel Consultants

Featured Destination: Hawaii Band Trip with Valley Christian Conservatory

Ever dreamed about a trip to the Pacific islands?  Join Valley Christian Conservatory band on its journey to Hawaii!  The Islands of Aloha are home to nature's riches:  snow-white sand beaches, breath-taking mountain views, volcanos, picture-perfect tropical rain-forests, sparkling waters filled with vibrant sea life and playful dolphins. These travelers enjoyed it all, including performances in the Pan Pacific Parade and at Pearl Harbor! With a Music Travel Tour Director at its side, the band flew from San Jose International Airport...
Music Travel Consultants Tour Director John Hilmer.

Meet MTC Tour Director John “The Big Smoothie” Hilmer

John Hilmer is not only a committed Music Travel Consultants Tour Director and student music educator, but he has brought much more to Music Travel Consultants. John's former students Andrew Moran and of course, his son, Ben Hilmer are all part of the Music Travel Consultants family. John's relationship with Music Travel Consultants started when John was a Music Director himself. Mark Harting took his band and orchestra to Italy. "We've had John guide us on two major trips (BOA...
Choosing Music Travel Consultants as Your Student Music Group Travel Provider

Choosing the right student music group travel company

When a student experiences new locations, new cultures and new people, with music being a main focus, the revelations and the eye-opening impact that develop are priceless.  Students remember these sort of educational trips for the rest of their lives.  As an educator, this is the rewarding part of what we do. The classroom is a great place to learn, but travel elevates education and develops individual growth. Choosing the right student music group travel company is key to...
Disney on Broadway with Music Travel Consultants

Disney on Broadway

Breathtaking! Amazing! Phenomenal! You hear these adjectives time and time again from friends, family, and others who've just seen a Broadway musical production. It is a truly magical experience. And, when traveling to New York City with your band, choir or orchestra, experiencing a Broadway musical is something you just can't miss. Broadway boasts dozens of venues located in Manhattan's Theater District along Broadway from 42nd Street to Lincoln Center. The majority of the shows are musicals, and they...
Band Travel to Ireland

Scotland Music Tours

Calling All Top Notch Pipers, Drummers and Dancers! Scotland is well-known for its unique and traditional music, and Scots music has held its popularity when many traditional forms of music across the world haven't. Many associate Scottish music almost entirely with the Great Highland Bagpipe, which has long played an important part in Scottish music. There are also many other performance opportunities besides Bagpipes, so don't be shy! ...