Author - Emily Ward

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 [...]

Marching Band Airport Security with Music Travel Consultants

Tips for getting your marching band through airport security

During your marching band trip, you will make an impression on lots of people - parents, judges, school administrators, teachers, competitors, and more. You always want your first impression to be great!  A very important time to make that great impression is when you go through an airport security checkpoint. Here are some tips for getting your marching band through airport security smoothly and efficiently.  Start by leaving your school's skunk mascot at home!

Be polite and attentive...and cut the [...]

Florence, Italy performance with Music Travel Consultants

The Benefits of European Performance Group Travel

As a Music Director, bringing your group to Europe on a performance tour is a life-changing experience for you and your group. To enlighten students with such musical and spiritual growth is the kind of opportunity some only dream of...but the reality of bringing your performance group to Europe is closer then you think. There are so many wonderful and elaborate churches and majestic cathedrals that are ready to be filled with your group's presence. And there is nothing [...]

Band Trips to Disney

A Music Trip to Disney Parks

There's a reason that music performance and music education opportunities are so abundant at Walt Disney theme parks. Music brings feeling and heart into films and stage plays. Didn't you melt, just a little, when first you heard “When You Wish Upon a Star” in Pinocchio?
The Pinocchio theme song, released with Disney's second animated feature film in 1940, has become an iconic theme for the Disney organization.  For decades, Disney has brought evil and good to life by harnessing the power of music to [...]