The benefits of travelling with your band can be numerous. Not only is it a great experience for you and your students, it can raise the profile of your program, take your performance to a new level, increase participation and offer additional educational opportunities.
Build Your Band’s Reputation
Travel provides the opportunity to showcase your band in front of a new audience.
Traveling Musical Ambassadors
Students develop a sense of pride and accomplishment when invited to participate in a major event and serve as traveling ambassadors for their school and community. These events provide a great public relations vehicle for promoting your band and music education program as well as your school and community on regional, national or global television.
Ensemble Recruitment & Retention
Travel adds an extra incentive for students to join the band and stay in the program. Students learn social skills, self-confidence, responsibility, commitment and the value of teamwork.
Raise Your Band’s Profile
Public relations for your upcoming trip will foster interest about your students within the school and community. The extra amount of time students and teachers spend together provides a great opportunity for getting to know each other outside of the traditional school environment. Sharing time with fellow band students and students they will meet from other band programs fosters a sense of fellowship creating lifetime bonds and memories.
Your students will see new sights, visit historic landmarks, meet new people and experience different climates as they travel across the United States or to a foreign country. The lessons they will learn from spending time away from home can be invaluable later in life and include responsibility, self-discipline, and teamwork, sense of community and basic life skills gained by living with others.
Welcome to our guest blogger, former band director Andrew M. Yaracs! Yaracs is the Author of “Travel 101: A Band Director’s Guide for Planning Student Travel.” Stay tuned for his guest blog series featuring excerpts from his book. His book is available for sale on Amazon. Find out more at www.bandtravel101.com
About the Author
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.More Content by Andrew Yaracs