Ben Spalding

Travel Consultant
 

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Meet Ben

Veteran music educator, award-winning director, world traveler, author and former BRT client, Ben Spalding brings a lifetime of performance travel experience to our team. As choral director at Centerville High School, Ben directed all five of the school’s choirs, including the award-winning a cappella ensemble, Forte. For years, he traveled the world with his students and trusted BRT to take the pressures of travel planning off his plate, so he could focus on making incredible music on tour. He’s thrilled to serve his educator peers across the country in the same way, creating opportunities to immerse students in new cultures and new experiences.

Ben Spalding

Ben Spalding

Travel Consultant

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My favorite travel memory

One of my favorite travel memories was when I traveled to New York City with the choirs while I was a student at the University of Kentucky. This was my first experience in New York, and it was nothing short of amazing. We performed at Carnegie Hall and it was the first incredible venue in New York City that I was able to perform in. I will never forget that moment. Another moment that sticks out was when we had a day off from performing in the city and I woke up at the crack of dawn and stood in line to get tickets to opening weekend of the musical, The Producers. I was able to get tickets and see Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane during opening weekend!

My hobbies and pastimes

My favorite hobbies and pastimes are traveling with my family and attending various music and sports events. This past summer, my wife and two daughters and I traveled out west in an RV. It was a trip that we will remember forever. I also enjoy playing golf when I have the time.

My favorite destination

My favorite destination to travel is Florida. With Disney, the beach, and warm weather it doesn’t get much better for a family.

Top reasons to plan your trip with Bob Rogers Travel

  • Every trip is customized to your vision and your program
  • Access to a world-class team with over
    450 years combined travel experience
  • Easy payment tools to make your travel experience seamless
  • Work with a family-owned business that has the scale and experience to take you anywhere you want to go

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Leslie Schmidt
Columbia Central Junior High School
Class Trip, DC Tour

 

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
Plum Grove Junior High School
Band, Chicago Tour

 

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
Pella Community High School
Band, Orlando Tour

 

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
Nashville School of the Arts
Choir, Atlanta & Tuscaloosa Tour

 

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
Bowling Green High School
Choir, New York City Tour

 

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
Amos Alonzo Stagg High School
Band, Orlando Tour

 

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
University of Illinois
Band, Ireland Tour

 

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
Lakewood Middle School
Band, Nashville Tour

 

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
Sumner High School
Band, Los Angeles Tour

 

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
Jefferson College
Band, New Orleans Tour

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