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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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3 Great Ways to Experience Radio City Music Hall

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Renowned for its elegant Art Deco architecture and its history of movie premieres, awards shows and holiday spectaculars, Radio City Music Hall tops the list of must-see attractions for many New York City student travelers. We show you the top ways to experience this famed entertainment venue.

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New Orleans for Student Travelers? Why Performance Groups Love NOLA

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Our New Orleans performance tour is more popular than ever. Why? The birthplace of jazz has a rich cultural history, beautiful outdoor performance spaces and plenty of live music. Tour Consultant and former band director John Aboud shares need-to-know information about student travel to New Orleans.

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5 Ways Brightspark Helps You Fundraise

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At Brightspark Travel, we know that school fundraising is a great way to make tours accessible to more students. That’s why we provide Group Leaders, parents and students with plenty of fundraising tools. Check out some of our favorites:

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Traveling Teacher Shares On-Tour Behavioral Tips

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Meet Laura Stager. Laura is a science teacher and an expert educational traveler; she has brought 11- and 12-year olds to Washington, D.C. on three occasions and has traveled to Costa Rica with 12- to 15-year olds once. Laura also runs Compass Points Solutions, a supplementary educational program that provides programs and tutoring to students who are transitioning from elementary school to middle school. We caught up with her on her tips for enforcing behavior while on tour.

How do you make sure students are at the correct location at the correct time?

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History of the Marching Band Uniform

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When you watch marching bands perform at events such as the Outback Bowl, you probably enjoy seeing the elaborate uniforms bands choose and the ways they impact the performance. To celebrate the time and creativity directors put into band uniforms, take a look at their history from medieval times to the present.

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[Video] Students Experience Marching Band Event

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What is a bowl game marching band festival like? This new video takes you through all of the thrilling performances, insightful clinics and group bonding experiences. Prepare for inspiration.

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Dance Instructor and Oncologist Make a Great Team

Written by Brightspark Travel

We’re constantly inspired by our group leaders’ stories, and dance studio owner Mitzi Roberts is no exception. We met Roberts when she brought her troupe to the National Performing Arts Festival and we thought her amazing story was worth sharing.

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Get Inspired With Creative School Fundraising Ideas

Written by Brightspark Travel

School fundraisers are great for raising money for a student tour, a booster club or any other educational or performance-related goals. As their popularity increases, however, it takes more than a bland bake sale to attract donors. We wanted to give teachers and performance arts directors a step-by-step guide to executing a modern fundraiser. Our fundraising e-book will walk you through:

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3,800 Marching Band Students. 2 Football Fields. Watch Now.

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This year we brought the country’s most talented marching bands to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Outback Bowl for pre-game and halftime show extravaganzas. Watch these marching band events in action.

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