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Concert band, jazz band, marching band, drum corps and orchestra – that’s just a glimpse of the performance experience that Jessica brings to her role here at BRT. But she’s more than an experienced performer; she’s a veteran music educator with a keen eye for detail and a deep love of spreadsheets. She loves the entire planning process, from finding incredible experiences for students on tour to making lists and checking them twice. With a lifetime of performance travel memories of her own, she’s thrilled to help create them for a new generation of student performers.
My favorite travel memory
My favorite travel memory would have to be a cruise to the Yucatán and Cozumel with my family. In Yucatán, we got to explore the Dzibilchaltun Ruins, one of the many Mayan Ruins. It was so cool to walk on them and be fully immersed in such a fascinating part of history. When we stopped in Cozumel, I got to swim with a dolphin, which has been at the very top of my bucket list since I was a little girl. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to swim with dolphins again!
My hobbies and pastimes
When I’m not at work, you can usually find me teaching trumpet lessons, giving my dog Willie belly rubs, at the gym, or out for a run. I’m guilty of the occasional Netflix binge session, too. I love shoes, and am incredibly sad that I can no longer spend my paychecks at Payless. I also enjoy mowing the lawn and pulling weeds, if the weather cooperates. My favorite ways to relieve stress are coloring, reading, and playing the piano.
My favorite travel destination
My favorite travel destination in the United States is North Carolina, because that is the only state I have been to for a personal vacation (the life of a band kid!).
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