I just posted the first installment of an article where I discuss how I plan and book travel with my bands. I would love to hear some feedback on experiences you’ve all had – the good, the bad, and the ugly! You can find the article at http://musiced.nafme.org/?p=15242
What are your experiences with travel both domestic and abroad?
Thanks for starting this thread, Stephen. I’ll be presenting a clinic on this topic at the JEN conference in Atlanta on January 4. I invite all NAfME members interested in learning more about successful traveling with student groups to attend that session.
Over the years, I’ve taken many trips with my students, both domestic and international. The international trips, in particular, were life changing experiences for most of the students in the group. It cannot be stressed enough, the importance of CULTURAL EXCHANGE, whether it be at home or abroad. Cultural exchange takes place when our students are performers or observers. I applaud anyone who makes the extra effort to get our students out of the classroom and into the world. Almost all student travel is meaningful.
Couldn’t agree more! It really is about taking a student out of their comfort zone and enriching them through different cultures – both domestic and international. To that end, I posted the second half of the travel article at http://musiced.nafme.org/?p=16122
Your article is great, Stephen! I’ll be covering many of those same details in my clinic “Stress-Free Travel for Jazz Bands” that will be presented at the JEN Conference on Friday, January 4th at noon. I hope to see you there!
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