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The Encore Team Together Again!
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Band Director Spotlight: Gary Gribble’s Tips on Building a Quality Band Program
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13 Ways You Know You’re on a Choir Tour
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The Emerald Isle’s Successful Adult Choir Tours
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Meet the New Regional Manager for Encore Band Tours: Jon Linker
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34 Reasons Why Your Ensemble Should Travel
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Funding Your Music Program in Under 1 Hour
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The Truth Behind Vienna’s Famous Sachertorte (and other Austrian dishes)!
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How to Plan a Musical Mission Tour in 5 Steps (For Church Choirs)
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6 Universal Truths on Motivating Musicians to Practice

The Encore Team Together Again!

Each year, in August, Encore Tours/ACIS staff from all over the world come together in Boston for a company conference. During which, we discuss ways we can improve the experience of our traveling passengers and Group Leaders so we can continue providing the most exceptional tours in the industry. We work tirelessly all week to come up with new ideas but, after our labors, we like to relax and have a good time! Don’t believe me? See for yourself!    

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Band Director Spotlight: Gary Gribble’s Tips on Building a Quality Band Program

Band Director Spotlight Series: Meet fellow band directors while they share their experiences, advice and tips for teaching band. This week, we are happy to introduce you to Gary Gribble, Director of Bands at Pope High School, Marietta, Georgia. After 31 years as a high school band director, including the past 29 at Pope High School, Gary Gribble knows a thing or two about building a powerful music program. His Pope Band has earned more than 400 awards of excellence, including the Sudler Shield of Marching Excellence from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and has marched in parades across the continental U.S,[…]

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13 Ways You Know You’re on a Choir Tour

You Know You’re on a Choir Tour When… You sing Disney show tunes… for hours… and hours…. perfecting the harmony of your “wimoweh’s”. “A weee-e-e-e-oh-mum-a-weh” Most of your singing actually happens on the touring bus instead of your scheduled performances. The locals stare at you as you walk down Piazza San Marco in your floor-length choir dresses and tuxedos. But, dannnngg, you look good! You find yourself checking the acoustics of every cathedral you enter instead of looking at the décor. And, of course, the cathedral’s acoustics make you sound way better than you actually are.  Yet, somehow, you’re ok[…]

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The Emerald Isle’s Successful Adult Choir Tours

Encore tours have given me the great pleasure of touring with students and their inspirational music directors for many years which I have often written about on this forum. This year however brought an added pleasure – Encore adult choir tours. “That must be a lot easier” is what is often said to us comparing adult tours with students but any Tour Manager will tell you that is not necessarily the case! After all, us adults can be cantankerous and single-minded. Nor are we good at listening to – and remembering! – instructions such as what time we are leaving, or[…]

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Meet the New Regional Manager for Encore Band Tours: Jon Linker

Get to know our  Encore Staff, passionate and well-traveled individuals who work hard to make your Encore Tours experience truly unforgettable. Today we’re happy to introduce you to our new staff member – Jon Linker, Regional Manager, Bands. Jon comes to Encore Tours after 20 years as a professional trumpet player and operations coordinator in the United States Air Force bands. Jon will be working with new band directors to help customize their next Encore band tour! Jon, why don’t you start off by telling us a bit about yourself? I grew up in Minneapolis Minnesota. When I was in 6th grade,[…]

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34 Reasons Why Your Ensemble Should Travel

We know music is important. And we know travel changes lives. But what can music and travel do together? Build ensemble and director reputation in community Gain community/administrative support of ensemble Boost recruitment numbers Enhance fundraising efforts Give ensemble a sense of purpose Improve member retention Provide extra incentive for members to do well throughout the concert season Explore exciting musical destinations and immerse yourself in the history, art and culture Participate in cultural exchanges that help you grow individually and musically Enhance musical abilities utilizing external cultural influences Perform in the world’s most fascinating, renowned, and unique venues Add overseas performances, workshops,[…]

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Funding Your Music Program in Under 1 Hour

Bake sales? Car washes?! As music teachers, we try to focus all of our time and energy just on teaching the music. But, we are often bombarded with additional responsibilities such as organizational structure and finances of our music programs. Fundraising, while necessary, can also be time-consuming for the music teacher. These simple ideas can raise funds in a flash, keep your planning time under an hour and leave you with extra time to focus on the music! Register Your Music Program on Amazon Smile Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon except they donate .5% the price of eligible purchased items[…]

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The Truth Behind Vienna’s Famous Sachertorte (and other Austrian dishes)!

I have arrived in my favorite European city, Vienna, the classical music capital of the world; you could even say the cake and pastry capital of the world! I am here to meet my Encore group, International Voices Houston who begin their international music tour here. What better place to start a choir tour to Europe than this wonderful, elegant, musical city, once the center of the huge Hapsburg Empire. On our first evening we had dinner at a local restaurant which featured Vienna’s specialty dish – Wiener Schnitzel. Also known as the “Emperor’s dish”, this meal has a fine history behind it[…]

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How to Plan a Musical Mission Tour in 5 Steps (For Church Choirs)

Musical mission tours are an important part of transforming cultures and societies throughout the world. Your combined love for music and the church gives you a unique message to share with others and we want to help make your tour as successful as possible. Here are 5 tips to help get you started on planning your musical mission tour. Step 1: Think about your mission and your goals Before you decide to travel, it is important to sit down with your church members and identify your main goals for your musical mission tour. By answering these simple questions with your group, you’ll be[…]

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6 Universal Truths on Motivating Musicians to Practice

Every ensemble director faces this universal challenge: motivating musicians to practice. In the search for answers, Encore Tours and 70 music directors set sail to the Boston Harbor on May 17th for a three hour Etude Symposium on “Motivating Musicians to Practice”. The symposium was led by four expert presenters in the field of music education: Dr. Carolyn Watson, Orchestra Director at Interlochen Arts Academy Jared Cassedy, 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award recipient Gerald Dolan, Director of Fine Arts for Ipswich, MA Schools Robert Franzblau, Associate Professor of Music at Rhode Island College and author of “So You Want To Be A Music Major“ While each presenter had[…]

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