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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Music conferences offer students as well as seasoned musicians a wealth of professional opportunities. They are motivating and help recharge your battery. They even help set future goals. Consider music conferences an essential component of your training and career.
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 travelling 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 important for me to be accountable to my students and their families. I felt I owed my students more than the mediocre travel and festival experiences offered to us at that time.
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.
All of us sat in that sophomore level Music History class in college and dreamt about the extraordinary band we were going to have someday. But, with a bit of teaching experience under my belt, and lots of trial and error, it occurred to me that empowering my students to make their band better is really the key.
Thinking of traveling with your group this spring? We all know preparations and approvals to go anywhere with students can feel cumbersome and even a bit discouraging. Take heart! You are not alone in navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of travel approvals and buy in.