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Preparing Your Band for a Parade

Posted by MUSIC & ARTS on Jan 16, 2019 2:26:04 PM

What do New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving have in common? Parades! While millions of people across the country tune in to the Rose Parade and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, thousands of saxophonists, percussionists, and trombonists are working harder than they ever have before. They might make it look oh so easy (and oh so fun!), but the truth is that there’s a lot of hard work and preparation that goes into marching in a parade.

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Topics: Parades, Marching Band, Student Group Travel, Performance Travel

The Music Festival Experience

Posted by Madison Locke Chester on Dec 18, 2018 2:04:10 PM

It’s Performance Day! Whether you are a first-year teacher, 10-year veteran or a performing student, performance day brings with it a rush of emotions for everyone. Excitement, nerves, and expectations are high.

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Topics: Music Festivals, festival performance, Music Across Texas, Performance Options, Performance Travel

Is your Travel Provider Travel Safe Certified?

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Dec 5, 2018 11:55:32 AM

Keeping students safe is our number one priority. That’s why Director’s Choice has taken the initiative and formally adopted safe industry standards as well as developing our own rigorous TRAVEL SAFE certifications.

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Topics: Overnight Travel, Safe Itinerary, Travel Advocacy, Liability Insurance, SYTA Accredidation, Trip Safety, Travel Planning, SYTA

Ethical Practices or Just Profit?

Posted by Jon Locke on Nov 5, 2018 10:34:30 AM

When Director’s Choice was founded in 1996, I was still an active music educator in the classroom at a high school in West Texas. My focus was on helping my students individually, as ensembles, and making the overall program better from one day to the next. I believed numerous performance opportunities and traveling as a group was vital to the overall advancement of the entire program. With our world getting increasingly smaller with technology and a voracious appetite for experiences out of their communities, students and families today demand to travel, learn, and perform abroad.

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Topics: Student Travel, Overnight Travel, Travel Finances, ethics, Trip Safety, Safe Itinerary

It's Scientifically Proven that Student Travel Matters

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Oct 16, 2018 6:40:02 AM

Student travel is transformational, and we can prove it. A recent study by the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA)  gathered quantitative data from a representative sample of U.S. teachers for a reliable measurement of the social impact of domestic and international trips.

The findings tell us that the travel experience of students triggers a process of accelerated personal development, contributes to better academic performance and improves social interaction between young people.

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Topics: Overnight Travel, Educational Travel, Student Group Travel, Performance Travel, SYTA Accredidation

Navigating the rose parade and avoiding the thorns

Posted by Paul Davis on Oct 4, 2018 12:42:10 PM

It's a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It's America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.

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Topics: Performance Options, Parades, Overnight Travel, Student Travel

Destination Leadership - Where Students Discover Their Best Selves

Posted by Marcie Truby on Sep 19, 2018 5:08:06 PM

This past July at Texas Bandmasters Association in San Antonio, I caught up with former music educator turned leadership guru, Jeremy Spicer. Jeremy is the owner of SASI – The Leadership People, LLC., a student leadership consulting firm focusing on the empowerment of young leaders.  Director's Choice and SASI have recently teamed up to offer Destination Leadership,  an exclusive customized leadership training seminar designed for your students as part of your travel itinerary.   

Below is an edited excerpt of my conversation with Jeremy from the TBA exhibit floor.  Check it out and learn how SASI’s leadership philosophy and workshops can be a great compliment to your overnight itinerary for your band, choir, orchestra or dance group.

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Topics: Destination Leadership, Educational Travel, Student Group Travel

Betcha Didn't Know: 11 Fun Facts about Colorado Springs

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Sep 5, 2018 8:59:41 AM
Adventure. History. Majestic views. Colorado Springs has it all, making it an amazing destination for traveling student groups. But it's more than rugged terrain and soaring heights. We've mined some little-known facts, some real golden nuggets, that we think you and your students will find fascinating!
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Topics: Affordable Travel, Destinations, Travel Benefits, Student Group Travel

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A Blog for Performing Arts Educators

Director's Choice is passionate about furthering your classroom. We're not satisfied just being your go-to travel experts. Many of us have been in your shoes and know how much goes on in a classroom. That's why we've created Unpacked, a blog of curated content to help you reach students, plan effectively and create memorable performance experiences.

Unpacked brings you authors and guest bloggers from all over. Directors, travel experts, industry insiders, you name it! New blogs are out every other week with content and advice to help you and your students.

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