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Stephanie Fox

Although it has been said she can sell air to a graduate vocal major, Stephanie Fox will tell you keen listening and observation make for effective, creative communication. Stephanie is the Director of Marketing for Director’s Choice and brings with her an education and background in journalism, TV sales, advertising and marketing.

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Seeking Industry Ambassadors: Do we have what it takes to inspire you?

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Aug 17, 2018 10:13:00 AM

These days who doesn't read all the online reviews of a product before they buy? We place a lot of trust in other buyers, listening to their experiences as we make our own purchasing decisions. What is it that inspires someone to share their buying experiences? Not only do prospective buyers want to know what you think, so does the company you buy from.

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Topics: referral

Motor coach Driver of the Year 2018 Announced

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Jul 18, 2018 2:32:29 PM

Motorcoach driver Rickey Bessent and New Mexico Texas Coaches out of Lubbock, TX, were awarded for going above and beyond to enhance the travel experience of band and choir students this past spring. Bessent was nominated by more than once Director’s Choice group leader for his personal care of all passengers during the spring 2018 travel season .

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Topics: motor coach safety, Travel Advocacy, Student Group Travel, driver of the year

Insider Tips to Planning the BIG Trip

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Jun 12, 2018 6:30:00 AM

We polled our most experienced student travel experts and have boiled down the 5 top tips to help you begin planning your group's overnight trip. Unlike traveling with your family, moving 75 to 100 kids and making sure they have food and a place to sleep in an unfamiliar city can be a challenge.

As early as 18 months before departure you should start thinking about your trip to ensure a safe and fun travel plan with plenty of student and parent participation.
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Topics: Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Budgets, Destinations, SYTA Accredidation, Marching Band Trip, Performance Travel, Travel Advocacy

Making the Most of Summer Break

Posted by Stephanie Fox on May 30, 2018 4:24:20 PM

Summer break for directors like you is certainly well deserved. In fact, even science tells us that relaxing and taking a break is important. But, while relaxing and recharging is critical to your success in the classroom next year, we also know that using the summer to regroup and get ahead has its merits as well.  We polled some of our former educators on staff and a few of our customers to see how they make their summer break worthwhile.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Student Group Travel, relax, summer break, recharge

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

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 safety

Helmets vs. Hotels

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Oct 28, 2017 10:51:00 AM

How is student travel evaluated and vetted in your district?

It’s an ongoing priority for schools and districts to evaluate and implement policies and procedures to keep students safe. For instance, the effects of football related concussions have made news, prompting many school districts across the country to reevaluate safety gear and their procedures for purchasing this gear.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Budgets, Liability Insurance, Travel Bid Analysis, SYTA Accredidation

Top 11 Reasons Why Students Should Travel

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Sep 26, 2017 10:06:00 AM

Did you know….

New data supports that student travel is more than just a good time. Travel actually helps students improve their experience in the classroom.

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Topics: Student Motivation, SYTA, Travel Benefits, Travel Advocacy, Student Group Travel

Building Community Makes it Personal, Always

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Aug 11, 2017 8:07:00 PM

Community is powerful. It gives us a place and a people to belong to connecting us with individuals and ideas.  We long to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, to belong and share with others. Building community is essential to the human condition.

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Topics: Community, Relationship, Southwest Music Summer Exhibition

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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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