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Beyond The Clef With Colonel Palmatier

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on Apr 24, 2019 9:48:33 AM

As part of our Beyond the Clef Legacy Series, we are honored to sit down with Colonel Thomas Palmatier, the retired commander of the United States Army Band, Pershing's Own. In this episode, we discuss his time with Pershing’s Own and the time he spent in the White House working with sitting presidents, and later we dive into his thoughts on music education and walk away with some sage advice from a true legend. Take it away, David!  

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Topics: Marching Band, Industry, Music Education

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

Advocating Ethics, Creating the Standard

Posted by Jon Locke on Dec 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Being ethical in business is the highest guiding principle of Director’s Choice. In fact, it’s the reason I started the company over 21 years ago. As a traveling band director, I wanted more for my students and more for the money they and their families raised. This is what being ethical is about. It was essential for me to be accountable to my students and their families. I felt I owed my students more than the average travel and festival experiences offered to us at that time.

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Topics: Community, Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Industry

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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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