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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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  • Group Travel Videos: A Lasting Travel Souvenir

    Group Travel Videos: A Lasting Travel Souvenir

    Encore Tours partners with Group Travel Videos to provide a digital video souvenir for every traveling passenger and organization. Find out more about how to obtain your tour video!

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  • 29+ Free Organizational Tools for Managing Your Ensemble

    29+ Free Organizational Tools for Managing Your Ensemble

    A list of 29+ free organizational tools for managing your ensemble's day-to-day operations.

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  • The 6 Legal Rights of Copyright Holders as Explained by Abbie Betinis

    The 6 Legal Rights of Copyright Holders as Explained by Abbie Betinis

    Composer Abbie Betinis reviews permissions and licensing information for choral copyright holders in a recent Chorus America Webinar. This is a summary of the six legal rights of copyright holders.

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  • Top 10 Travel Tips for Your Encore Tour

    Top 10 Travel Tips for Your Encore Tour

    Featuring the top 10 travel tips for your Encore tour.

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  • 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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  • Press Releases and Posting Your Ensemble's Press Kit

    Press Releases and Posting Your Ensemble's Press Kit

    The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Ensemble's Press Kit explains how you can create and format press releases and post your materials to gain maximum visibility.

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  • This Gets Easier, Right?: Teaching Choir in the Second Year

    This Gets Easier, Right?: Teaching Choir in the Second Year

    Post Falls choir teacher, Melody Potratz, shares her experiences as she tackles her second year of teaching choir.

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  • Lesson Plan 12/13: Responding - Analyze & Interpret - Teaching the Core Music Standards

    Lesson Plan 12/13: Responding - Analyze & Interpret - Teaching the Core Music Standards

    Lesson plans 12 and 13 use ensemble travel as a way of teaching the responding category of the core music standards. The lesson plans focus on analyzing and interpreting music.

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  • The 5 Most Insightful Thoughts from Tri-M Scholarship Applicants

    The 5 Most Insightful Thoughts from Tri-M Scholarship Applicants

    2016 Tri-M high school members write essays on defining music as a universal language. This article provides the top 5 insightful quotes from these essays.

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  • Chorus America's Online Learning Program Sponsored by Encore Tours

    Chorus America's Online Learning Program Sponsored by Encore Tours

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  • Defining Music as a Universal Language: Interviewing the 2016 Tri-M Scholarship Winner

    Defining Music as a Universal Language: Interviewing the 2016 Tri-M Scholarship Winner

    2016 Tri-M/Encore Tours Scholarship Winner interviews on her "Defining Music as a Universal Language" essay. She shares her hopes for the future and thoughts on keeping music in education.

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  • Dealing With Adversity On Your Band Trip

    Dealing With Adversity On Your Band Trip

    Have A Plan B No matter how much planning goes into a trip even the best laid plans can be disrupted by the unforeseen. Learn to expect the unexpected when traveling. Always have a “Plan B.” Your...

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  • Choosing Sample Repertoire for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Choosing Sample Repertoire for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Whether it is for local concert promotions, touring overseas, or just posting on your website, a well-constructed press kit can be an invaluable tool for raising the profile of your ensemble. In...

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  • How to Run “The Suitcase Race!”

    How to Run “The Suitcase Race!”

    “I don’t know what to pack!”  “Can I bring my own shampoo and hairdryer?”  “So does it rain a lot?” Most of my trips involve a large portion of first time travelers, especially first time out of...

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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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  • Prepare Recordings for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Prepare Recordings for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Whether it is for local concert promotions, touring overseas, or just posting on your website, a well-constructed press kit can be an invaluable tool for raising the profile of your ensemble. In...

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  • Taking Engaging Photos for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Taking Engaging Photos for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Whether it is for local concert promotions, touring overseas, or just posting on your website, a well-constructed press kit can be an invaluable tool for raising the profile of your ensemble. In...

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  • In the Footsteps of Bach: A Tour for Organists

    In the Footsteps of Bach: A Tour for Organists

    Hello and welcome as plans are underway to commemorate the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation.  2017 will be a celebratory year in many ways. The life and work of the influential Martin...

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  • Writing Captivating Biographies for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Writing Captivating Biographies for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

    Whether it is for local concert promotions, touring overseas, or just posting on your website, a well-constructed press kit can be an invaluable tool for raising the profile of your ensemble. In...

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