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.

  • 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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  • Irish Venues: Performing in the Emerald Isle

    Irish Venues: Performing in the Emerald Isle

    Explore the wealth of beautiful, historical and acoustic performance venues for your band, choir or orchestra in Ireland!

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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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  • Band Director Tips: Know Your Community

    Band Director Tips: Know Your Community

      Know Your Community Steve Acciani has been a band director for almost 30 years and runs one of the top programs in the country at Diamond Bar High School in southern California.  He’s learned a...

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  • Rhythms International Music Festivals: All About Education

    Rhythms International Music Festivals: All About Education

    All About Music Education Rhythms International Festivals are about music education first and foremost, not competition. At most competitions you do not know who you are competing against (high or...

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  • Advice For New Band Directors

    Advice For New Band Directors

    It didn’t take long for Tom Cox to realize his time in college didn’t fully prepare him for his first job as a young band director. All the great music he learned and performed while a student at...

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  • Taking Your Band to Spain

    Taking Your Band 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 to Spain. And when it’s time to...

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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? In every state, there are always those “powerhouse” programs that just seem to...

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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

    So you want to get paid to play? We all know it’s NOT easy to make a living as a musician. High-paying orchestral jobs are incredibly hard to come by and piecing together a living through...

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

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

    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 Gary Gribble, Director...

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