Oh the Places You Will Go with BNI
Every year the Bishop Noll Band takes an educational trip. One year it will be to compete and play at a Bowl Game somewhere in the United States. The opposite year it will take a performance trip. This is an opportunity to play in new fun places for the students, to create new connections, as well as to experience more opportunities with their music. What do our students learn from our Tours and Trips?
Students learn best through experience and hands on-learning. They are able to see new places and explore new environments safely with these group travels. Many travel agencies in the United States are currently working with musical programs to put together these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for bands and choirs.
Believe it or not, several students, regardless of their age, tend to make useful musical connections while at any sort of student band trip, whether it’s a fellow bandmate from another school asking to keep in touch or a clinician willing to further work with you after the trip. Trust us, these trips can really help with networking!
Annual band trips tend to bring the band together more than they were before. The woodwinds, drumline, brass, and color guard essentially unite for one day to show all the other bands/onlookers/judges what they have, putting the entire team first, not just one section or themselves individually. Talk about a great team building experience!
The sense of friendship and accomplishment you get from this bonding experience will not be soon forgotten, oftentimes forming lifelong friendships and partnerships during the course of the trip.
To get better at what you do you not only need practice, but you need helpful feedback and advice on how to improve as well. When the BNI band chooses an adjudicated performance (like going to Bowl Games) for our big trip then they will have this added benefit of learning what they did wrong, what they did right, and what they can work on to be better players in the future. This is absolutely essential in the music world.
Practice, practice, practice. You’ve heard it for years, now it’s time to practice in a way that will actually get you really excited! By sending your student group on a band trip they will get to practice the art that they love in a new place, with new people, ensuring that they learn and experience new things. This is truly the best way to practice playing and gain new skills!
Traveling anywhere for a student group band trip is one thing above all else: FUN! Being around your classmates, pursuing your passion, and seeing a whole new place in an entertaining musical fashion is really fun for all those involved, even teachers and chaperones. When else do you get a day dedicated to travel and music, a chance to strut your stuff and watch others entertain you all day long with their own talents?