Marching Band Season
By Angie Roberts Harris
Beautiful colors, crisp air, and shorter days represent the fall season for many people. For band kids and their families, it also means countless practice hours, football Fridays, and competition Saturdays! Directors have worked tirelessly with their students to create new sounds and looks for a thrilling band season and exciting competitions.
Each day, band students sacrifice their time, energy, and resources not only to improve their own musical ability but also for the strength and skill of the entire group. They arise before day break and retire late in their efforts to memorize and perfect their pieces and keep up with homework and other activities. Following all the hard work, they perform their accomplished musical arrangements and wait to be judged. Performing students are ambitious, detailed, hardworking, and tired!
The thrill of performing in front of a large crowd can be stressful but satisfying and tons of fun! When an audience of strangers cheer, it is exhilarating to know that applaud is due to excellent performance and not because they are your village. Being acknowledged by others is a great reward!
Time to Show Off
There are many opportunities across the country to perform in famous places such as Branson, MO, Disney World, Universal Studios, Washington, D.C., and New York City. These bucket list destinations provide once-in-a lifetime experiences and create lifelong memories.
Give me a ring!
Making phone calls and booking for student groups is not fun! Being ‘on hold’, finding the right person, leaving messages, gathering information, and returning calls all take precious time and is frustrating, especially when you are initially calling for quotes and options. The process repeats itself following the reservation of every hotel, restaurant, performance venue, and transportation carrier on account of deposits, final counts, rooming lists, and constant changes. Whew! My experience has been to plan an hour for every 4 people you are booking; e.g. ten phone hours to make initial reservations for forty people.
Where can you find more information and choices about these fabulous trips? There are several ways to make reservations and here are some suggestions:
Group Travel Odyssey
This site is designed for you to investigate destinations and group rates without making a single phone call! Simply choose a destination and click on the various items according to your interest. The different venues will then send a specific quote for your group and the entire process takes 15 minutes or less. Group Travel Odyssey is definitely the way to go if you opt to do all your own planning and booking. The sight is for your convenience in finding free information and quotes and is an amazing time saver! There is no place to enter a credit card and your information is not kept.
Student Group Travel Planning
Let a student group travel company take the time consuming task of making reservations, tracking multiple deposits and payments, and coordinating changes off your hands! Their travel planners are excellent with student groups and work for their best interests. The biggest bonus is the special rates available to them because of the great relationships they have built with the attractions and hotels of your destination. In the long run, it will cost you less to let them do all the work!
Kaleidoscope is an award-winning student travel planning company, and their experienced travel planners have extensive knowledge of destinations across the country. They are located in Orlando, Florida and in the travel industry, they are especially known as experts on Disney, Universal, and Sea World. A professional tour director is either with your group the entire trip or on call 24 hours a day to take care of any urgent matters that may arise. This is my favorite option!
“Traveling with a large band is not easy. However, the students work very hard and deserve a grand reward!” Angie Harris, Going Out The Door