Travel Notes

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When to travel: Trips for all seasons

When to travel: Trips for all seasons

Travel NotesGreat planning makes travel possible any time of year – but every destination has its own seasonal pluses and minuses. If you’re planning in our “sweet spot” of 12-15 months out, you’ll have more destinations (and seasons!) to choose from. Let’s take a...

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STEM to STEAM – How arts education changes everything

STEM to STEAM – How arts education changes everything

Travel NotesThe acronym STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) made a big splash in the early 2000’s and remains a huge focus in the education world. This trend had positive effects to be sure, but had unfortunate ramifications on an already...

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Learning on Tour – Civil Rights

Learning on Tour – Civil Rights

Travel NotesExploring the world with your students is one of the best ways to bring classroom lessons to life in meaningful, memorable ways. We’ve shared our recommendations for sharing 9/11 with students – this latest post highlights another opportunity to expose...

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The Awesome Big Apple – 10 Reasons we love NYC

The Awesome Big Apple – 10 Reasons we love NYC

Travel NotesWe’ve shared the ten reasons we love our hometown of Chicago, but today we’re talking about another BRT favorite – New York City! But capturing just ten reasons is like asking us to eat just one bite of a Coney Island hotdog. Here goes nothing! 1. Broadway...

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Does music education matter?

Does music education matter?

Travel NotesClearly music education matters to our team of musicians, performers and veteran music educators. But does it matter beyond the people that so passionately support it? In past posts, we’ve shared why travel matters and how important it is to bring the...

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The Value of a BRT Travel Experience

The Value of a BRT Travel Experience

Travel NotesThe journey of planning a student travel experience is almost as exciting as the trip itself. We’ve talked about how to choose a travel company and the questions you should be asking as you narrow down your options. It’s just as important to fully...

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The personal touches that BRT provides. Your company gets to know the people they work with. I have never felt like a "number" with BRT.

Leslie Schmidt
Class Trip, 2018 DC tour
Columbia Central Junior High School


I appreciated the flexibility Bob Rogers showed us with the billing and various payments we had to make. We thought we were adding more and ended up not but you were great about giving us extra time to work out what we needed to on our end.

Loraine Wistrom
Band, 2017 Chicago tour
Plum Grove Junior High School


BRT is always on top of all details. Even when something has slipped through the cracks, changed, or something unexpected comes up, BRT is flexible enough to make the changes needed to make everything right. We have always been so well taken care of and the personal attention is what makes your company special.

Dameon Place
Band, ’18-19 Orlando tour
Pella Community High School


This was my 5th trip with Bob Rogers, and I appreciate the professionalism and also the willingness to work with me and my students to make each trip the very best it can be.

Trey Jacobs
Choir, ’18- 19 Atlanta &Tuscaloosa Tour
Nashville School of the Arts


You make the process so easy - step-by-step of what needs to be done, guidance along the way, available (and quick) to respond to questions and making me feel like me and my students are your priority.

Beth Vaughn
Choir, ’17-18 New York City tour
Bowling Green High School


The quality of service that you provided us with was second to none. The organization and communication were exceptional and we always felt we were in “the loop” on things both before and during the trip.

Bob Mecozzi
Band, ‘17-18 Orlando Tour
Amos Alonzo Stagg High School


BRT hands down has been the absolute best travel company I have worked with in my 18 years in education. My interactions with BRT have always been so much more than just traveling from one destination to another...the focus has always been on people and providing them with experiences of a lifetime.

Barry Houser
Band, ’17-18, Ireland tour
University of Illinois


From the scheduling, to planning, to overseeing, to leading, to customer service, everyone involved was courteous, prompt, and hospitable. Everyone did their jobs well and turned the trip experience into something better than we had anticipated.

David Dvorak
Band, ’17-18 Nashville Tour
Lakewood Middle School


Very Organized - even when problems develop. We've gone on enough trips with Bob Rogers to know how BRT operates - always first class, always prepared.

Joe Carl
Band, ’17 Los Angeles Tour
Sumner High School


The whole BRT team was extremely attentive, accommodating and reliable. Every detail was attended to and my stress level the entire trip was at an all-time low.

Joel Vanderheyden
Band, ’17-18 New Orleans Tour
Jefferson College

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