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Travel Inspiration

Posted by Devyn Bracken on May 15, 2018 3:09:00 PM

1.“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”  SIR RICHARD BURTON

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Topics: Travel Benefits

Hawaii: The Ohana Experience

Posted by Allison Graham on May 11, 2018 3:03:49 PM

For 15 years I've personally escorted thousands of students and their group leaders to Waikiki on the island of O’ahu in my role with Director’s Choice. When my directors tell me they are ready to begin planning the “big” trip, I always suggest Hawaii as an option.  Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful, but it’s full of adventure, cultural experiences, and memorable performance options.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Destinations

Disney Youth Programs Unlock Student Potential

Posted by Marcie Truby on May 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM

By Marcie Truby, Director of Operations

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Topics: Disney, Marching Band Trip, Clinics, Performance Travel, Workshops

Midwest Success

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Apr 17, 2018 8:18:13 AM


Director's Choice has developed a special continuing education opportunity for up and coming music educators to experience the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. This opportunity is actually the brain child of our Director of Performance Alan Hanna born from his conversations with some of our music educator friends and clients. As a former music educator himself, Alan has a deep passion for the development of music educators and sustainment and advancement of music education in our schools. I sat down with Alan to really understand from an educator's perspective, what attendance at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago has to offer a developing music directors and their programs.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Travel Benefits, Destinations, Clinics, Performance Travel, Chicago

Travel Insurance: Is It Worth It?

Posted by Travel Insured International on Apr 3, 2018 10:42:00 AM

Travel protection is a great way to help protect your travel plans and investment. Coverage ranges from Trip Cancellation to Baggage Delay to Medical Evacuation. But is it worth it? Check out some of the most commonly asked questions

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Topics: Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Budgets, Insurance

Disney Done Right

Posted by Amanda Knight on Mar 13, 2018 9:54:00 AM

Disney is one of the most magical, memorable trips you can take and it’s great for student groups! But, before you begin planning your itinerary, I want to share my best advice about how to do Disney right for you, your group, your schedule and your budget.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Disney

New Motor Coach Monitoring and Enforcement May Impact Student Travel

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Mar 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

No more fudging on motor coach driving hours. No more unscheduled stops. No more last minute itinerary changes. New mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) on commercial coaches may impact student travel. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Technology, Trip Safety, Industry, electronic enforcement, motor coach saftey

Choosing the Right Performance Helps Build the Right Vision

Posted by Alan Hanna on Feb 20, 2018 10:08:00 AM

As music educators, we all know the value and necessity of performance and festival participation, but with so many choices, how do you know which one is the right fit for your group?  

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Topics: Travel Benefits, Music Festivals

The Millennial Assistant

Posted by Nachel Konemann on Feb 13, 2018 3:54:00 PM

Transitioning to my current position as head director forced me to face a new realization: I would be working with an assistant. Recalling my own experiences as a Millennial Assistant, made me begin to ponder about the kind of head director I want to be.

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Topics: In The Classroom

U.S. Army All-American Marching Band: Bowl Week Reflections

Posted by Chelsy Merrill and Christana Landress on Jan 10, 2018 4:30:15 PM

As music educators and long time advocates for all things music education, it made perfect sense for Director’s Choice to partner with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band (USAAAMB) to help support the students and their families chosen to march in the 2018 bowl game.

We knew this partnership would be a good fit for us, since the USAAAMB supports our core mission and values, but what I did not anticipate was the impact that Bowl Week and these amazing young musicians would have on us.

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Topics: Travel Benefits, USAAAMB

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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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