Andrew Yaracs

After fifteen years of successful travel throughout the United States and Canada with the Butler Golden Tornado Band, Mr. Yaracs shares his knowledge and advice for planning safe student travel opportunities. The band has appeared in some of the most prestigious events in our country and has been seen by millions on both national and global television. He has been an adjudicator at band and drum and bugle corps competitions for more than thirty-five years. Mr. Yaracs has been nominated by his students multiple times and is listed in Who’s Who among Americas Teachers. His professional affiliations include the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Men’s Music Fraternity and Phi Beta Mu Band Directors Fraternity, PSEA and NEA. Visit his website at www.bandtravel101.com.

  • 27 Safe Travel Dos and Don'ts for Traveling School Ensembles

    27 Safe Travel Dos and Don'ts for Traveling School Ensembles

    Retired band director, Andrew Yaracs, presents his top 27 tips for safety when traveling with ensembles. Download the Safety & Security Handbook at the end!

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  • Dealing With Adversity On Your Music Performance Tour

    Dealing With Adversity On Your Music Performance Tour

    No matter how much planning goes into a trip, even the best-laid plans can be disrupted. Andrew Yaracs shares his advice on how to deal with adversity on your band, choir, or orchestra trip!

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  • Marching Band Trips: Preparing for The Performances

    Marching Band Trips: Preparing for The Performances

      You’re going on a band trip and the excitement is building. The fundraising is done and all the travel logistics have been arranged. Now you just need to focus on the most important thing of all...

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  • Fundraising and Promoting Your Music Performance Trip

    Fundraising and Promoting Your Music Performance Trip

    An essential part of planning a successful student travel opportunity is fundraising and promoting your trip. Here are some suggestions to make the process less stressful and more successful!

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  • Handling Money for Your Performance Tour

    Handling Money for Your Performance Tour

    Handling money for your band, choir, or orchestra trip can be tricky. Here are some pointers from veteran band director and traveler Andrew Yaracs on how to navigate these matters.

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  • Choosing The Right Music Travel Company

    Choosing The Right Music Travel Company

    Are These Really the Same?! When it comes to choosing the right music travel company, if your school policy requires the submission of competing bids for trip approval be sure to compare “Apples...

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  • Why Do I Need a Music Travel Company For My Band Trips?

    Why Do I Need a Music Travel Company For My Band Trips?

    Why I Need a Music Travel Company For My Band Trips? By the very nature of the job a band director is often quite good at problem solving, multitasking, working under pressure, making decisions...

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  • The Benefits of Traveling With Your Ensemble

    The Benefits of Traveling With Your Ensemble

    The benefits of travelling with your musical ensemble can be numerous. Learn what your band, choir, or orchestra has to gain when it embarks on an international music performance tour!

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