Author - Emily Ward

Shorter Season Calls for Celebrations During Mini Trips

Please Note: The Contest of Champions has been canceled for 2020. The Contest of Champions should return in 2021. Shortened training periods and potentially limited performance opportunities have band directors far and wide searching for alternatives to larger trips with their marching groups. Many groups look for educational adventures within competitive landscapes with an end-of-season celebration wrapped into one package. Larger, regional drawing contests can serve that very purpose. Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) has been hosting the granddaddy of...
Miami Music Festival Trips

The Miami Music Festival

Performance opportunities are abundant in Miami. But there is one performance opportunity that is second to none: The prestigious Miami Music Festival. Providing affordable, world-class musical instruction and ground-breaking performance experiences to young artists and to the South Florida region is the marvelous Miami Music Festival's mission! Since its 2014 inception, Miami Music Festival has been proud to establish Miami as a premier destination for elite young classical musicians to train and perform. While the next generation of classical artists...
The West High School Rebels Marching Band in front of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Marching Band Trips

A Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Marching Band Trip is a great way for your band to combine fun, history and a national bowl game experience! Since 1968, the Peach Bowl has been a treasured event in Atlanta, Georgia, with two stellar football teams battling it out for the George P. Crumbley Trophy. Created by the Lions Clubs, the Peach Bowl was originally designed to be a fundraiser. It struggled and was taken over by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In...
One of the many bands performing in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.

Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Is your high school marching band looking for a unique Spring Break trip that provides a rewarding performance experience? How about traveling to Savannah, GA and participating in one of the oldest, largest and most-recognized Saint Patrick's Day parades in the world? Savannah's Saint Patrick's Day Parade marching band trips make for a unique, perfect mix of educational performance and fun. How? Crowds of a half-million spectators each year and Savannah is within a one-hour drive of four major...
William Henry Harrison High School Choir performing at Disney Springs

Popular USA Student Performance Venues

Searching for popular USA student performance venues? In which your group can play, or attend a clinic to improve its music?  There are literally hundreds around our country, to say nothing (in this article) of the opportunities available worldwide.  Often, we find music directors are shocked to learn their ensembles can perform at some of these cool places. If you've been seeking, but not finding, take a look at this short list: Lake Buena Vista, Florida • Walt Disney World Disney...
Eating healthy on the road

Eating Healthy on the Road

If you learn to make healthy choices when they are not simple or obvious, then making sound decisions will be much easier when healthy choices are abundant and convenient. As the old adage says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” So rather than outlining a handful of “eat this, no, that” choices, here are some tips on how to “fish” for that...
Choir trips with Music Travel Consultants

School Choir Trip Ideas

Is your choir ready to take its performance to the next level? But you can't decide on a venue or destination? Worry not! Music Travel Consultants' list of popular school choir trip ideas is here to help. The range of choir destinations is vast, from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to Carnegie Hall in New York. These two and others have proven themselves over years, hosting many successful student choir tours. Each choir trip MTC puts together is custom-designed...
What is your instrument's name?

What is your instrument’s name?

Have you ever been asked, "What is your instrument's name?" You might have had a fellow director or student refer to his/her trumpet as a squeaky cheek exploder or a tuba as an elephant burp gun. Then there are instruments with questionable names like Didgeridoo or Sackbut. Some musicians refer to their instrument as he or she. After meeting 1000's of musicians, we learned quite a few people name their instrument. Sometimes they are hilarious. Sometimes they are sentimental...
Advice for Band Directors Recruiting Parents

Getting parents involved in the music program

Getting parents involved in the music program it a vital piece of the puzzle to be successful. The skills that a student obtains through music education plays heavily into their entire life. These skills include being responsible, knowing how to communicate, teamwork, self-confidence, and a work ethic that most students do not experience in other academic subjects. Parents appreciate the value of a student's education in music and the skills acquired. And parents involved in the music program and...
Marching Band Bus Travel with Music Travel Consultants

Motor Coach Travel Advice for Performing Groups

If you are a Music Director looking to offer your students inexpensive travel to that once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity, motor coach travel is much cheaper than flying.  Getting there might take a bit longer, but your group can save money and enjoy new scenery. Coach trips are longer than those by air, of course, so it's important to make oneself as comfortable as possible.  The better you are prepared, the better time you'll have.  Don't forget to bring your sense...