Author - Chris Frick

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...

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...

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 -...

Macy’s Parade – From the Inside Looking Out

The tradition runs deep. From when I was a young child to now, a grandfather, Thanksgiving Day has included family, Mamma Stamper's Applesauce Cake, entirely too much food and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Whether watching the event on TV, standing in the rain as my children marched by back in 2007 or capturing the event live last November, the hype and shear magnitude of this annual monstrosity is not for the squeamish. Organizations attending a performance event over a national...

Michael Gray and Andrew Moran Take on New Roles at MTC

Music Travel Consultants is excited to announce two staff promotions. Michael Gray and Andrew Moran have accepted new challenges on the MTC leadership team. Read below how Gray and Moran will be impacting the company. Michael Gray joined the MTC team in 2009 as a Travel Designer. In 2016, he took on the role of Director of Sales and has been instrumental in achieving the sales goals he set for the company. Gray has been promoted to Vice President of Business...

MTC Adds Health and Safety Team for BOA Grand Nationals

In an effort to support the Music For All mission statement of providing positively life changing experiences, Music Travel Consultants presents our Health and Safety Team. MTC is very fortunate to have Dr. Vivien Tucker, M.D., and Terry Valentine of Valentine Consulting onsite in Indianapolis during the entire BOA event. Their purpose is to assist and advise parents, chaperones, directors and school administrators regarding any possible COVID-19 medical situations. Dr. Vivien Tucker Dr. Tucker was instrumental in creating the COVID-Free Bubble...

Teacher of the Year Embraces French and Guard

From humble beginnings in a small town in Indiana, Brayton Mendenhall has achieved at every level of his performing and teaching career. Being named 2021 Ben Davis HS (IN) Teacher of the Year and a finalist for 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year has given him validation that he is doing the right work. Mendenhall has been teaching French for 10 years, nine of which have been at Ben Davis. Quebec Parliament with Ben Davis HS (IN) students in 2016 Mendenhall is...