BHS BAND TOURING PHILOSOPHYPart of the experience of making music is to share it with as many people as you can in as many settings as possible. It would be possible to never leave the walls of Blaine High School and receive a rewarding musical education. However, if the band never travels, it would not be a musical education shaped by exposure to other cultures, lifelong memories from remote locations, social and musical perspectives challenged by new surroundings, strengthened relationships based on shared experiences and many other intangible benefits.
Traveling with musical groups broadens the mind, heightens musical appreciation and changes the way to look at the world. Travel and exposure to different cultures is the “greatest education” a person can receive. It is something the “normal” educational environment cannot provide. Travel provides images and experiences that cannot be read about or imagined. These are experiences that have meaning only if you have been there.THE CONCERT BAND TOUR WILL BE SPRING BREAK IN MARCH OF 2020!
REASONS TO TRAVEL ABROAD...Enhance College & Job ApplicationsEducational Travel on a college or job application demonstrates initiative, maturity, well-rounded interests and an inquiring mind. A discussion of international art, civilizations, cuisine, etc. can enhance a college essay &/or create a positive impression in an interview.Personal & Intellectual DevelopmentStudents grow in confidence and maturity as they navigate foreign cultures, speak foreign languages, make new friends and are challenged intellectually.Become Better CitizensBy traveling abroad, students understand what is truly “American” by seeing and experiencing what is not American. They bring their experiences and insights back to their classrooms and families. This can lessen the knowledge gap between America and the cultures from which many of our cultural, religious, language, and civic traditions originated.PAST TOUR DESTINATIONS2020 = To be announced in April 2019!!2017 = Austria & Czech Republic2015 = Orlando, FL2014 = France & Spain2011 = Southern Italy2008 = Germany & Austria2005 = San Francisco, CA