Marie Sperling
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Group Travel Planning

I've had the opportunity to ask a few people for feedback regarding why Directors would book trips on their own rather than go through a tour operator. It seems the general answer has been... MONEY!…Continue

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Started Jun 24, 2010

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  • Charae Corey Hosey
  • Sanford Jones
  • Marc Whitlock
  • Metro A. Narcisi III
  • Jeff Hogan
  • Douglas Wertz
  • Darlene Marquardt
  • Michael Colgrass
  • Becky Harris
  • Susan Juker
  • Matthew Schoendorff
  • Alexander Koops

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http://www.AllAboutGroupTravel.com
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All About Group Travel, LLC

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Aug 21, 2012
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Florida Travel

Orlando is obviously one of the most popular destinations for groups and for good reason. The theme parks are musts and for performing or competing groups, there aren't many places in the world that offer more of a variety.  No trip to Orlando would be complete without a visit to the theme parks but did you know there are plenty of other attractions and sights to see that are off the beaten path?  And rather than take away from one of your "theme park days", these attractions can complement…See More
Oct 4, 2011
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Aug 18, 2011
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How your travel dates can affect band trip pricing.

Did you know that the travel dates you choose can drastically affect the price of your trip? Many people think that group rates are the same across the board no matter when they are traveling. This is a very common misconception in the travel industry. For example, depending on the destination, a Monday through Thursday trip can save you money. In more corporate destinations such as Chicago, a weekend trip can sometimes save you money. Ultimately the rates will be set based on many variables…See More
Jul 12, 2010
Marie Sperling replied to Joshua Uhrich's discussion Motivating Kids to Practice!
"I'm not a Band Director, however, I am a parent who has a child that was in band in middle school. She played the trombone. I had issues getting her to practice at home so I spoke with the Director about it. He encouraged me to allow her to…"
Jul 3, 2010
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Washington DC- Did you know?

Did you know that you can tour the inside of the White House, Congress, or the Senate during your Washington DC Trip? Even with the high security measures, there is still a way to do it!Here's how- Exactly six months in advance of your trip, send a letter to your congressman asking for the tour. This letter will need to be on school letterhead and cannot be sent until six months in advance of your trip. We recommend that you do not wait until the last minute though! Be sure to detail to your…See More
Jun 30, 2010
Michael Colgrass left a comment for Marie Sperling
"Marie, You asked about my workshops. My newest upcoming event is called "The Michael Colgrass Experience" on 19-23 at The Hartt School in Hartford Connecticut. It's designed for band directors, but is for any musicians, conductors or…"
Jun 25, 2010
Michael Colgrass left a comment for Marie Sperling
"Marie, Help me out. MS Band Director is new to me. How can I best utilize it? Thanks, Michael"
Jun 25, 2010
Marie Sperling posted a discussion

Group Travel Planning

I've had the opportunity to ask a few people for feedback regarding why Directors would book trips on their own rather than go through a tour operator. It seems the general answer has been... MONEY! People are getting caught up with some tour operators that are charging $150 per student or more to do their trip! I sure hope they got something REALLY super special out of it!Just so you know.. not all tour companies are the same. I've been in the industry for over 15 years... I have seen some…See More
Jun 24, 2010
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Question...

I'm very curious to know why many Band Directors do not choose to travel with a travel company and would rather book everything on their own? Is it because they feel as though they do not have control over the trip? Is it simply a cost factor? Or is it something else?I've found this subject to be very black and white. Either they do, or they don't. Traveling with a travel company makes the process so much easier on the Band Director. For example if the group increases in size by three people,…See More
Jun 11, 2010
Marie Sperling left a comment for Metro A. Narcisi III
"HAHA! I was so depressed about the Magic, but Boston was the better team! I am now rooting for Boston over LA!!! Very excited about our new company! Our goal is to make everything flexible with the group leader in mind!! Sooo many good things to…"
Jun 10, 2010
Metro A. Narcisi III left a comment for Marie Sperling
"Cool, I did not know that! Good for you guys, hope it is going well! i will check it out. Hey how are the Magic doing on the golf course this week??? Heeheehee, Celts were just a little better this year!!!! Anyway, hope all is well...TTYL"
Jun 10, 2010
Marie Sperling left a comment for Metro A. Narcisi III
"Hey Stranger :) Hope you are doing well!!! In case you haven't heard, Ken and I have our own company now... All About Group Travel. I'd appreciate it if you could check out our website and give me your feedback :) Thanks!!!"
Jun 10, 2010
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Mar 9, 2010

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I have 15 years of experience in preparing trips all across the US for groups of all ages. Performance, Festival and Fun trips available. I will customize every trip to meet the needs of your group and will be there for you every step of the way. I'm dedicated to making your trip affordable and fun and will create enough memories to last a lifetime! Contact me anytime for a quote!

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Florida Travel

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 12:26pm 1 Comment

Orlando is obviously one of the most popular destinations for groups and for good reason. The theme parks are musts and for performing or competing groups, there aren't many places in the world that offer more of a variety.  No trip to Orlando would be complete without a visit to the theme parks but did you know there are plenty of other attractions and sights to see that are off the beaten path?  And rather than take away from one of your "theme park days", these attractions can complement…

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How your travel dates can affect band trip pricing.

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 10:49am 0 Comments

Did you know that the travel dates you choose can drastically affect the price of your trip? Many people think that group rates are the same across the board no matter when they are traveling. This is a very common misconception in the travel industry. For example, depending on the destination, a Monday through Thursday trip can save you money. In more corporate destinations such as Chicago, a weekend trip can sometimes save you money. Ultimately the rates will be set based on many variables… Continue

Washington DC- Did you know?

Posted on June 30, 2010 at 6:09pm 0 Comments

Did you know that you can tour the inside of the White House, Congress, or the Senate during your Washington DC Trip? Even with the high security measures, there is still a way to do it!

Here's how- Exactly six months in advance of your trip, send a letter to your congressman asking for the tour. This letter will need to be on school letterhead and cannot be sent until six months in advance of your trip. We recommend that you do not wait until the last minute though! Be…

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Question...

Posted on June 11, 2010 at 8:03pm 0 Comments

I'm very curious to know why many Band Directors do not choose to travel with a travel company and would rather book everything on their own? Is it because they feel as though they do not have control over the trip? Is it simply a cost factor? Or is it something else?



I've found this subject to be very black and white. Either they do, or they don't. Traveling with a travel company makes the process so much easier on the Band Director. For example if the group increases in size by… Continue

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At 2:39pm on June 25, 2010, Michael Colgrass said…
Marie,

You asked about my workshops. My newest upcoming event is called "The Michael Colgrass Experience" on 19-23 at The Hartt School in Hartford Connecticut. It's designed for band directors, but is for any musicians, conductors or educators interested in learning how to prepare themselves for performance, and also how to teach children to create music. Along with Hartt Wind Ensemble Director Glen Adsit the workshop will also focus on how to analyze and conduct my music for band and wind ensemble. For more information go to my website—http://www.michaelcolgrass.com.
Michael
At 12:32pm on June 25, 2010, Michael Colgrass said…
Marie,

Help me out. MS Band Director is new to me. How can I best utilize it?
Thanks,
Michael
At 6:23pm on June 10, 2010, Metro A. Narcisi III said…
Cool, I did not know that! Good for you guys, hope it is going well! i will check it out. Hey how are the Magic doing on the golf course this week??? Heeheehee, Celts were just a little better this year!!!! Anyway, hope all is well...TTYL
 
 
 

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