The BRT Legacy: Making moments that matter for 35 years

Apr 6, 2017

Travel Notes

In November of 2016 we officially marked our 35th year of being in business. And while that month was special and celebrated, we’ve gifted ourselves this whole year to commemorate our journey, reflect on how we’ve changed and dream of what’s to come.

A Small Start

We love our humble beginning because the heart behind BRT hasn’t changed one bit in our 35 years. Bob Rogers, a veteran high school band director, saw the magic that educators and musicians bring to student travel planning. They know how deeply impactful and life-changing travel is for students – both in the classroom and years after. Bob’s music education expertise allowed him to serve educators and directors in a completely new way, because he understood their unique needs, wants and goals. This commitment to understanding our clients, fully customizing their travel experiences and serving them as partners and friends are still the hallmarks of our business.

Big Growth

This anniversary has given us so much to reflect on and be thankful for. What began with one founding employee committed to making moments that matter, has grown to a team of over 40 veteran educators, musicians and travel experts, all driven by that same passion.

We’ve been exploring the world (all 50 states and more than 70 countries!) for decades, so when our clients want to explore a new destination, we can guide them confidently, as we’ve most likely explored it ourselves. Often our clients choose their travel destinations from the locales ranked and recommended by the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) and TripAdvisor. Having planned countless trips in each of these ranked destinations over the years, we create thoughtful, yet action-packed itineraries filled with activities that are student-tested, director-approved.

We’re proud of the peace of mind our travel planning experience gives to our clients. With over 5,000 trips planned and a network of more than 2,000 directors and group leaders, we have the relationships and systems in place that allow our clients to truly enjoy the planning process.

Endless Possibilities

To look back on our growth over these 35 years is almost as exciting as what the future holds for our BRT family. So what’s next? We’ve always got ideas brewing at BRT and can’t wait to share them with you. Those ideas, plans and dreams will be built on the foundation that Bob Rogers laid so many years ago – a commitment to our clients that we will do the planning so they can focus on the music.

From our completely customized itineraries that maximize students’ exposure to new destinations, to our Individual Payment System (IPS) that takes the stress and hassle of payments off their hands – everything we do is meant to make travel worry-free. And because we partner with our groups from the initial travel idea through the return trip home, our clients return to us year after year with new students to impact. And that’s our dream come true.

Thanks for celebrating with us! Our story is nothing without the many clients, partners and friends that have helped us grow. How can we partner with your group to show your students the world around them? Contact us today and we’ll get that conversation started, beginning a brand new story for your program.

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