Jon Linker

Jon comes to Encore Tours after 20 years as a professional trumpet player in United States Air Force bands including assignments in Ohio, Germany, Massachusetts and California. During his military career he performed in concert band, jazz ensemble, brass quintet and marching band in more than 20 US states and 19 foreign countries. Jon holds a Bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University.

  • What Any Ensemble Can Learn from Military Bands About Audience Engagement

    What Any Ensemble Can Learn from Military Bands About Audience Engagement

    Does your ensemble struggle with audience building and engagement? Read the blog for audience engagement strategies from one of the country's most prestigious ensembles!

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  • 10 Online Groups & Forums for Music Directors

    10 Online Groups & Forums for Music Directors

    Online social media groups and forums can be supportive spaces for music directors to ask questions about things going on in their rehearsal rooms. Check out our list of 10 online groups.

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  • Encore Tours Spotlight: Briarcrest Christian School Band and Choir Tour to Italy

    Encore Tours Spotlight: Briarcrest Christian School Band and Choir Tour to Italy

    Briarcrest Christian School band and choir members had a fantastic Encore performance tour in Italy. Read about their adventures and performances in Pompeii, Sorrento, and Rome.

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  • Encore Tours 2019 FAM Trip for Music Directors

    Encore Tours 2019 FAM Trip for Music Directors

    June 5 - 11, 2019, Encore will be taking a group of Music Directors on a Familiarization (FAM) Trip to Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Read the blog to find out how you can attend!

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  • [QUIZ] Which Destination is Best for Your Ensemble?

    [QUIZ] Which Destination is Best for Your Ensemble?

    Take our practical and fun quiz to find out what destination would be best for your ensemble to travel to on your next band, choir, or orchestra performance tour!

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to Eastern Europe

    Taking Your Ensemble to Eastern Europe

    With historic cities, a rich musical heritage, and spectacular performance venues, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic are well worth a visit with your ensemble!

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  • Performance Tour Spotlight: Lebanon High School Band in Ireland

    Performance Tour Spotlight: Lebanon High School Band in Ireland

    The Lebanon High School Band performed to packed houses on their first international tour to Ireland.

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  • Terme Tettuccio: Picturesque Venue for Orchestra Tours in Montecatini, Italy

    Terme Tettuccio: Picturesque Venue for Orchestra Tours in Montecatini, Italy

    Terme Tettuccio, a hidden gem in the Tuscan region of Italy, is perfect for Orchestras and Bands! Learn more about this picturesque venue and how to perform there on your next tour!

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  • Sun, Scenery and Standing-Room Only: An Encore Performance Tour to Italy

    Sun, Scenery and Standing-Room Only: An Encore Performance Tour to Italy

    The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra performs for standing-room only crowds on a performance tour to Italy. Read more about how to take your ensemble to new places!

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to Costa Rica

    Taking Your Ensemble to Costa Rica

    A peaceful, green jewel of Central America, Costa Rica offers a safe, exciting and economical destination for your next international performance tour

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to the Baltics

    Taking Your Ensemble to the Baltics

    Take the road less traveled for your next – or first – European performance tour. Discover the Baltic States of Latvia and Estonia, long considered as hidden treasures of Europe.

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  • The Marriage Between High School & Middle School Band

    The Marriage Between High School & Middle School Band

    North Carolina music educators Todd and Katie Ebert talk about the importance of middle and high school band directors working together.

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  • Rhythms International Music Festivals: All About Education

    Rhythms International Music Festivals: All About Education

    Rhythms International Festivals are about music education first and foremost, not competition. Learn more about Rhythms and what your band, choir, or orchestra has to gain from attending!

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  • Advice For New Band Directors

    Advice For New Band Directors

    Band director Tom Cox shares the knowledge he's gained as the director of one of the top programs in his state, presiding over the Wind and Jazz Ensembles and Symphonic, Marching, and Concert Bands.

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to Spain

    Taking Your Ensemble to Spain

    Medieval towns, beautiful palaces, sun, great beaches, friendly people, amazing food, and enormous artistic heritage are just a few of the reasons to take your band, choir, or orchestra to Spain.

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  • The Key to Running a Successful Band Program

    The Key to Running a Successful Band Program

    Have you ever wondered how some school music programs always seem to produce top-notch ensembles year after year? Discover the key to running a successful band program!

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  • 10 Things Band Directors Can Be Thankful For

    10 Things Band Directors Can Be Thankful For

    Last Thanksgiving, you liked our blog “11 Things a Choir Director Can Be Thankful For” so much, that we decided to let the band directors get in on the fun too. So here’s 10 things band directors...

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  • Band Director Spotlight: Phil Aguglia – Thinking Outside the Box with 130 Students

    Band Director Spotlight: Phil Aguglia – Thinking Outside the Box with 130 Students

    Band Director Spotlight Series: Meet fellow band directors while they share their experiences, advice and tips for teaching band. This week, we are happy to introduce you to Phil Aguglia, Band...

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  • How to Audition for the Military Band

    How to Audition for the Military Band

    Learn how you can earn a living as a musician while serving your country when you join the military band!

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  • Band Director Spotlight: Gary Gribble’s Tips on Building a Quality Music Program

    Band Director Spotlight: Gary Gribble’s Tips on Building a Quality Music Program

    After 31 years as a high school band director, Gary Gribble knows a thing or two about building a powerful music program. Here are just a few of his tips that any music director can take advantage of!

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