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Travel/Festivals

  • Prevent a Blizzard of Worries: Have a Travel Planner

    Tom Merrill | March 20, 2017

    Early in February, winter storms Maya and Niko cut across the northern United States and the east coast, bringing with them advisories ranging anywhere from “blowing and drifting” to “repent your sins.” And as I watched the coverage on the news, one thought consistently went through my mind: thank goodness it wasn’t peak tour season.

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  • Early Planning – The First Step to Tour Success

    Tom Merrill | February 13, 2017

    With the new year begun and 2017 a few weeks in, it’s time to start thinking about...2018. Wait a minute, you might be thinking. I just now finally got my holiday cards in the mail.

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  • Leadership Lessons from Wrigley Field

    Tom Merrill | December 13, 2016

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

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  • Selecting the Best Trip for Your Students

    Tom Merrill | November 11, 2016

    Traveling with your student performing groups can be a rewarding and enlightening experience.

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  • The Long Game: Multi-Year Planning

    Tom Merrill | November 11, 2016

    Living in the northern Chicago suburbs, I’m a proud Chicago Cubs fan. And as I write this, they are poised to possibly win their first World Series in over a century.

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  • The Benefits of a Performance Event While on a Music Tour

    Tom Merrill | October 6, 2016

    Tom MerrillWe lived in the Boulder, Colorado, area for nearly 15 years. If you’ve ever been there, you know that it is a bit of an eclectic place. Legally now.

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  • The Benefits of Staying on Both Sides of the Podium

    Tom Merrill | September 8, 2016

    Many of us have just completed another summer of performing in community summer bands or orchestras— the once per week, concert in the park ensembles that play a wide variety of repertoire.

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  • Competition: Inside the Mind of the Adjudicator

    Tom Merrill | September 8, 2016

    As the fall semester draws to an end, many students and directors are turning their musical efforts to the preparations necessary for concert festival and solo and ensemble contests. In the coming months, many groups and individual young people will perform for mysterious people who are busy scribbling furiously on adjudication sheets.

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  • Festivals: Not Just for Music Majors Encouraging Lifelong Musicianship

    Tom Merrill | August 15, 2016

    It was the one thing I remember from my first meeting with my college engineering counselor. “You don’t have time for band.”

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  • Don’t Let The Job Kill You

    Tom Merrill | July 13, 2016

    Do you remember the story of Jean-Baptiste Lully from music history class? (You WERE paying attention in music history class, right?) A French composer of the Baroque Period, he was also one of the world’s first conductors. And in 1687 the job killed him.

     
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  • The Undeniable Benefits of Band and Orchestra Trips

    Tom Merrill | June 14, 2016

    As a choir director and employee at a music travel company, I can say without a doubt that every traveling ensemble undergoes a transformation at the end of the tour that enhances their music program on both a group and individual level.

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  • Cedar Fair Entertainment and the Benefits of Playing Local

    Mike Lawson | June 14, 2016

    There’s no doubt that band travel is a big recruitment tool for band directors. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company owns and operates 11 parks throughout North America.

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