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Director's Choice and Epic Waters are Making Waves

Posted by Alan Hanna on Aug 14, 2018 1:07:32 PM

Make a splash with your band, choir or orchestra program this spring at the newest Music Across Texas festival event at the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie, Texas. This exclusive festival opportunity is only available with Director’s Choice. Our festival at Epic Waters offers both a state of the art indoor performance venue and a variety of slides and rides to enjoy no matter the outside weather.

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Topics: Music Across Texas, Epic Waters, festival performance, Music Festivals

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, driver of the year, Student Group Travel, Travel Advocacy

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: SYTA Accredidation, Performance Travel, Marching Band Trip, Destinations, Budgets, Trip Safety, Travel Planning, Travel Advocacy

Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple: NYC for Students

Posted by Johanna Feminear on Jun 5, 2018 7:15:00 PM

With so many opportunities for students in New York City, planning a trip to the Big Apple can be daunting. While building an itinerary that keeps your students occupied is never an issue in NYC, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the size and scope of the city and all its offerings. Be aware of cramming too much into your itinerary -- that’s sorta like trying to eat an apple in a single big bite! If you do that, you'll miss the flavor, the texture, and the crunch; and if you aren't careful, you may end up choking!

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Topics: New York, Student Group Travel, Performance Travel, Destinations, Marching Band Trip, Safe Itinerary, Affordable Travel

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

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

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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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