Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
Barry Houser Joins Roster of Yamaha Master Educators
Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis named Barry Houser, Band Director at the University of Illinois, to its Master Educator Program!
Posted on April 3, 2019
Congratulations to Valerie Buckley
Congratulations to Valerie Buckley, Choir Director at Kenton Ridge H.S., on being named the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s ninth annual Music Educator of the Year!
Bobby Vriezen Welcomes a Daughter
Bobby Vriezen, Band Director at Yorkville H.S., and his wife Lauren, welcomed a baby girl, Blake, on July 2, 2018.
Anna Louis Jakubka is Married
Anna Louis Jakubka, Director of Theater at Addison Trail H.S., married Kevin McSweeney on June 9, 2018.
Congratulations to Lorianne Alegria
Congratulations to Lorianne Alegria, Orchestra Director at North Port H.S., for recently purchasing a new home!
Posted on March 8, 2019
Congratulations to Lincoln-Way H.S. Band Directors
Congratulations to Cary Ruklic, Justin Barnish, Scott Baker (videographer), Chris Mrozcek, and Bert Johnson, Band Directors at Lincoln-Way H.S., on their 2018 marching band documentary premiere! They received an Oscar presentation for best documentary.
Nick Martin Welcomes a Daughter
Nick Martin, Band Director at Glenn Westlake M.S., and his wife Jess, welcomed a daughter, Avery Lynn, on February 19 at 10:10 PM. She was 7 lbs 12.5 ounces, and 21.75 inches long at birth.
Bret Lee as Band Director
Bret Lee, (retired Iowa teacher), has spent the past two years as the band director at Coronado H.S. in Scottsdale, AZ.
Drew Fredrickson Welcomes a Son
Drew Fredrickson, Band Director at Oak Park River Forest H.S., and his wife Catalina, welcomed a son, Bennett Lawrence Fredrickson, on Jan. 14th, 2019. He was 8lbs, 6oz, and 20.5 inches.
Posted on February 5, 2019
Paul Ahlemeyer Adopts a Son
Paul Ahlemeyer, Band Director at Ft. Zumwalt South H.S., and his wife recently completed the adoption of an infant son, Isaac Paul.
Vince Genualdi Hosts Workshop
Vince Genualdi of Saint Viator H.S. hosted the first annual 2019 Remixing General Music Workshop where 40 educators attended classes and learned about emerging practices related to teaching secondary general music.
Dan Walls is Married
Dan Walls, Choir Director at Boylan Catholic H.S., married Kate Genoways on October 6.
Congratulations to Omar Lozano
Congratulations to Omar Lozano, Choir Director at Miami East H.S., for being named the 2019 OMEA Music Educator of the year!
Posted on January 31, 2019
Welcome Back Alan MacNair
Welcome back to teaching, Alan MacNair of Troy H.S., after a brief retirement.
Best of Luck to Kevin Cort
Best of luck to Kevin Cort of South Lyon H.S. this coming summer on his mission trip to Ecuador!
Congratulations to Angel Gippert
Congratulations to Angel Gippert of Farmington H.S. on becoming the President elect of MSVMA and the Presider for many of the choral performances at MMC!
Congratulations to Andrew Hathikhanavala
Congratulations to Andrew Hathikhanavala of South Lyon H.S. on performing at the MMC with his HS Varsity Women’s Choir!
Posted on January 31, 2019
Congratulations to Matthew Smith
Congratulations to Matthew Smith of Lake Shore H.S. on performing at the MMC with his HS Women’s Chamber Choir!
Congratulations to Kendra Felando
Congratulations to Kendra Felando on her new orchestra position at Druid Hills M.S.!
Congratulations to O’Fallon Township and Libertyville
Congratulations to O’Fallon Township and Libertyville H.S. on receiving the NBA Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award!
Jonathan Busarow welcomes a Son
Jonathan Busarow, Director of the Ft. Wayne Children’s Choir, and wife Nicole, welcomed a son, Timothy Martin, on January 7th at 8:13 PM. He was 6 lbs and 12 oz.
Posted on January 18, 2019
Marissa Narlock Welcomes a Son
Marissa Narlock, Band Director at Greenfield H.S., and her husband Casey, welcomed a son, Wallace (Wally) Narlock into their family on July 10, 2018. He was 7lbs 2 oz, and 19.5 inches at birth.
Justin Olson Welcomes a Daughter
Justin Olson, Band Director at Shorewood Intermediate School, and his wife Liz, welcomed a daughter, Ele Elizabeth Olson, to their family in October. She was 6lbs, 14 oz, and 20 inches long at birth.
Reid Ladew Welcomes a Son
Reid Ladew, Band Director at Watertown H.S., and his wife Jackie welcomed their 3rd child and 1st son, Emmett, on July 24.
Posted on October 22, 2019
Bethany Meyer Welcomes a Daughter
Bethany Meyer, Choir Director at Oshkosh West H.S., welcomed a daughter, Melina Leigh, on October 19th, weighing 6 lbs. 11 oz., and measuring 21 in.
Raeleen Horn inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
Raeleen Horn, former Director of Bands and Music Department Chair at Palatine H.S.(1980-2013), was inducted into Palatine High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Band, ’17-18 New Orleans Tour