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In their own words: 35 years of BRT’s lessons learned

January 12, 2017 by Bob Rogers Travel

The start of a new year inspires all of us to pause and reflect on the year that’s ended. What did we learn? How did we grow? What lessons can we carry with us into all that this New Year holds? We take this same pause each year at BRT – though this year, we’re thrilled to take a longer look back, as we celebrate 35 years of learning, growing and finding new ways to give our clients our best. In anticipation of our 35th anniversary, we interviewed each BRT team member to capture those lessons, moments and details …

Life at BRT – Our favorite memories from 2016

December 20, 2016 by Bob Rogers Travel

Moments matter to us. Whether they’re experienced by our students and directors, or our own colleagues and friends. As we end another great year of creating opportunities for students to make meaningful memories, we’re taking a moment to share our own favorites from this year.

Family milestones

Favorite moment – August 10, 2016 – I gave birth to my second child, my first daughter.  Inarguably my best moment of 2016 – my precious little peanut Lucy at only 6 pounds and one ounce. — Sarah Rio
I moved into my first home! — Mary Kate Hayden

My favorite memory from

Travel tips, tricks and bloopers: 35 years of BRT’s lessons learned

December 8, 2016 by Tami Rogers

We’re celebrating our 35th anniversary in many ways, but one that we are excited to share are some of the helpful tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way that may help you as you’re planning your first (or 10th!) student travel experience. And because moments matter to us, no matter how special or silly they are, we had to share some of our bloopers as well. So grab a pencil and take note of our best suggestions to make your upcoming trip smooth, special and most of all, memorable.

Our Performance Travel Tips

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The Magic Behind Moments that Matter – Behind the Scenes at BRT

November 21, 2016 by Katie Mokrzycki

The holiday season is officially here. And while it may seem like a quieter time in the trip-planning process, we’re here to tell you – only Santa’s workshop is busier than BRT this time of year. Here’s a glimpse into what we’re working on while you and your students are in the home stretch before holiday break:


The icing on the itinerary

At this point in the planning process, we’re fine-tuning each and every tour itinerary on the books. This is where our long-standing relationships with our vendors make all the difference, as we work together to make adjustments and …

Preparing for a Performance at a Conference or Other Professional Event

November 15, 2016 by Dr. Richard Mark Heidel

Performing at a music conference such as those of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, Midwest Clinic or other similar professional organizations are often musical highpoints for performers and conductors alike. Once you have applied and your ensemble has been invited to perform for a prestigious event, serious preparation must begin.

Don't forget to pack your instrument and any accessories.

Traveling to the Event

An initial consideration is the distance to the event and the travel requirements. The logistics are important and can take much time and effort to plan.  All aspects of the trip from transportation to lodging to meals to educational and recreational opportunities for …