Bid Should Be a Four-Letter Word

December 19, 2018

As a travel planner, it’s the phrase I always dreaded hearing on the other end of the phone: “The school makes me bid this out.”

Because of a Music Trip…

November 16, 2018

My whole life started because of a music trip.

More Than You Can Chew and Even Harder to Swallow

September 5, 2018

By Tom Merrill It was one of those moments where stubbornness and inexperience collided head on. It was my first job, five months out of college, and reality was setting in. I had impatient dreams of soaring to the top of the band world pyramid….and here I was in what felt like the most isolated […]

Travel Planning Budget Myth Busting—Part 3

March 16, 2018

In this final (for now, anyway) installment of this series, we’ll discuss some myths related to motorcoach travel and expectations at hotels when traveling with your ensemble.

Setting Goals for Your Performance Tour

October 30, 2017

It’s wise to set some goals to achieve related to your tour itself.

We Never Talk Anymore

May 1, 2017

By Tom Merrill Once upon a time, a music teacher had a really bad day. They decided to pick up their spirits by buying a brand-new sports car and going for a long relaxing drive up in the mountains. Just as a particularly sharp turn was approaching, another car came careening around the corner, directly […]

Leadership Lessons from Wrigley Field

January 13, 2017

We’ve all been thinking about leadership a lot lately.

The Long Game: Multi-Year Planning

December 13, 2016

Having a good long-term plan will usually pay off in the end.

The Benefits of a Performance Event While on a Music Tour

October 19, 2016

Make it an opportunity that enhances the education and growth of your students and your program.

Choral Director Survival Strategies

September 7, 2016

Don’t Let the Job Kill You.

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