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4 Tips for Improving Your Marching Band’s Posture

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Posture is one of the most important aspects of marching band. It fixes almost all of the band’s issues. Standing tall with great posture will help your students march better, sound better, play louder and have better shoulders in your slides. Here are a few tips and analogies for improving student posture during marching band.

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Destinations to Take Performance Tours to the Next Level

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Are you interested in planning a performance tour? Don't settle for forgettable. With over 20 performance destinations and events, our newest catalog will help you plan a travel experience that makes a lasting impact. We've highlighted some of our favorites for every destination and group type.

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Planning Out Band Season: Director Shares Tips

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Spring band season is in full swing, and the amount of opportunities for your students to perform and compete is incredible. There are so many opportunities, in fact, that deciding how to commit your band’s time and resources is quite a feat.

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Disney Professional Says NPAF Is “Top-Notch”

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Michael currently works as an assistant and technical director at a high school theatre department, but he has experience working in Walt Disney World as a stagehand. After learning about the National Performing Arts Festival and what it had to offer students he knew that it was really a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Here are some highlights from his performance travel experience to NPAF. 

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Hawaiian Group Travels to Disney for a Performance Festival

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Traveling from Hawaii is expensive. Traveling from Hawaii to Florida is really expensive. But that didn’t stop Meagan Olsen’s island-based theatre group from competing in the National Performing Arts Festival in Disney World. We spoke with her about how she made it possible for her students to participate in this event. Here’s some of what she had to say:

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Performing at Disney: A Trip to Remember

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Kevin has brought dance and musical theatre students to plenty of regional competitions. But this year, he wanted to give them a purely educational performance opportunity with a trip to Walt Disney World. We spoke to Kevin about his experience with the Disney Performing Arts Program. Here are some of the highlights.

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Voices on Broadway Inspires Performers of Every Type

Written by Brightspark Travel

Once a year, we bring talented performers to New York City for an introduction to the professional world of Broadway theatre. Voices on Broadway is a performance event where students work with Broadway professionals and perform alongside a Broadway cast during a live curtain call performance. This event has long been popular for theatre and chorus groups, but this year we’re expanding it to include amazing opportunities for dance groups.

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Director Shares About His Disney World Marching Band Tour

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This year, band director Josh R. brought his marching band to perform in Walt Disney World for the first time. The trip was successful, and Josh hopes to start a tradition of performance travel at his school. We were lucky enough to get insights into his experience planning and going on tour.

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Band Uses Pyware to Prep for Performance at Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

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Band Director Ron Lambert tells us how he uses Pyware software to help his marching band prepare for national marching band events such as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl!

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Come Alive With Swing Time — The Musical!

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Filled with popular 1940’s musical numbers and historically-relevant themes, Swing Time – The Musical! has come to Washington, D.C. Showcasing an important time in American history, this spectacular is the perfect addition to any Washington, D.C. student tour.

Director Mike Thornton shares a bit of information about the production.

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