Author - Chris Frick

Trip to BOA Grand Nationals Brings Vandegrift Championship

It’s no secret that planning a marching band show takes months of meetings, research and constant reworking of ideas. Putting together a design team to create the product and getting that product on the field is another enormous undertaking. Making the programming come to life with 300 plus students and a small army of parents and supporters raises the stakes to the highest in the pageantry arts. The team at Vandegrift High School in Texas found a way to...

Carmel Band Students, Staff and Alumni Look for the Smiley

Celebrating 25 years of the Carmel Marching Band Smiley Face It was a simple solution to a bigger problem. The weather during the Carmel Band marching season of 1995 had been horrendous. Heavy downpours to snow, the parents were wrapped up in outwear for protection from the elements. Even seeing school colors, the students couldn’t determine where their fans were seated let alone make out any faces in a sea of what seemed to be every group’s colors of blue...

State Fair Band Day Students Miss More Than Funnel Cakes and Shake-Ups

The Indiana State Fair has a long tradition of serving up the most artery-clogging foods, amazing 4-H representatives, seemingly death-defying carnival attractions and above all, some of the finest marching bands in the Hoosierland on Band Day. Last week, the Indiana State Fair Board announced the cancellation of the annual event causing the cancellation of Band Day due to Covid-19 concerns. Since 1947, Band Day has taken place every year. "The impact will certainly be felt for a long time....

Sing. Dance. Sparkle! Music Travel Consultants Purchases Heart of America

You already know Music Travel Consultants loves musical performing groups. They have always been Music Travel Consultants' focus and drive us to be the best in the industry. Recently, Music Travel Consultants was presented with an opportunity to get even more involved with choral music. Just after the clock struck midnight on a brand-new decade, Music Travel Consultants entered into a partnership with Heart of America, a prestigious, competitive choir event organizer founded in 2015. The 2021 calendar is set and...