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Preparing Your Band for a Parade

Posted by MUSIC & ARTS on Jan 16, 2019 2:26:04 PM

What do New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving have in common? Parades! While millions of people across the country tune in to the Rose Parade and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, thousands of saxophonists, percussionists, and trombonists are working harder than they ever have before. They might make it look oh so easy (and oh so fun!), but the truth is that there’s a lot of hard work and preparation that goes into marching in a parade.

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Topics: Marching Band, Performance Travel, Student Group Travel, Parades

It's Scientifically Proven that Student Travel Matters

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Oct 16, 2018 6:40:02 AM

Student travel is transformational, and we can prove it. A recent study by the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA)  gathered quantitative data from a representative sample of U.S. teachers for a reliable measurement of the social impact of domestic and international trips.

The findings tell us that the travel experience of students triggers a process of accelerated personal development, contributes to better academic performance and improves social interaction between young people.

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Topics: SYTA Accredidation, Performance Travel, Student Group Travel, Educational Travel, Overnight Travel

Destination Leadership - Where Students Discover Their Best Selves

Posted by Marcie Truby on Sep 19, 2018 5:08:06 PM

This past July at Texas Bandmasters Association in San Antonio, I caught up with former music educator turned leadership guru, Jeremy Spicer. Jeremy is the owner of SASI – The Leadership People, LLC., a student leadership consulting firm focusing on the empowerment of young leaders.  Director's Choice and SASI have recently teamed up to offer Destination Leadership,  an exclusive customized leadership training seminar designed for your students as part of your travel itinerary.   

Below is an edited excerpt of my conversation with Jeremy from the TBA exhibit floor.  Check it out and learn how SASI’s leadership philosophy and workshops can be a great compliment to your overnight itinerary for your band, choir, orchestra or dance group.

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Topics: Student Group Travel, Destination Leadership, Educational Travel

Betcha Didn't Know: 11 Fun Facts about Colorado Springs

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Sep 5, 2018 8:59:41 AM
Adventure. History. Majestic views. Colorado Springs has it all, making it an amazing destination for traveling student groups. But it's more than rugged terrain and soaring heights. We've mined some little-known facts, some real golden nuggets, that we think you and your students will find fascinating!
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Topics: Travel Benefits, Destinations, Student Group Travel, Affordable Travel

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

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

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

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

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    About Unpacked

    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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