• 01/19/2017 to
Package includes:
Performance in a national music festivalThe chance to witness history at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony & ParadeInaugurational awards ceremony, dinner, and dance
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Festival Features

Every Heritage Festival package includes:

  • One free base travel package for every 25 packages purchased
  • Positive, constructive adjudication with written and recorded comments from a panel of three nationally acclaimed adjudicators
  • On-stage mini clinic
  • Quality hotel accommodations
  • Gift for the director and commemorative gift for each student
  • Professional performance recording
  • Accident, medical, and dental insurance for all travelers plus extensive liability insurance coverage for directors
  • Free high school academic credit for students
  • Free professional development and opportunity to earn discounted graduate credit for directors

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2017 Presidential Inauguration Heritage Festival – Adjudicators

Instrumental Adjudicators
Ken Dye
Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame. His writing activities have produced over 1800 works for band and orchestra performed throughout the U.S. and overseas.

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Carl Strommen
Adjunct Professor of orchestration/ arranging and composition in the Graduate School at LIU Post. His publishers include Warner Bros., Belwin, Alfred, Carl Fischer, Barnhouse, Kendor, Heritage and Smart Chart. His compositions and arrangements are performed worldwide.

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Amy Mills
Now a sought after composer and conductor, she is former Music Director of LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, former Music Director of the U.S. Air Force Band, Orchestra, and Chorus and Founder of National Women’s Symphony in Washington, D.C.

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Choral Adjudicators
Marti Newland
Core Lecturer in Music Humanities at Columbia University, and a 2014 Ph.D. alumna of the Columbia Ethnomusicology program. She specializes in voice studies and African American music.

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Donald Brinegar
Professor of Music, Coordinator of the Music Department and Director of Choral Studies at Pasadena City College and adjunct Professor of Graduate Choral Conducting at the University of Southern California. He directs the Three Summer Masters in Choral Conducting at CSULA where over one hundred graduate conducting students from seven countries and twenty-one states have studied with Brinegar in the last ten years.

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Pat Patton
Retired Choral Director at Casper College and current Director of the Gillette Chamber Singers. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Wyoming Music Educators Association’s Outstanding Educator Award, and the Outstanding Music Educator Award by the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association.

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to our nation's capitol!
  • City Tour Take a tour of all the city has to offer - from sites you see in movies, to monuments and memorials.
  • Toby's Musical Theatre This fun dinner theatre is located in Columbia, MD. Ask your Destination Specialist about a possible performance prior to the show!
  • Hotel check-in
Day 2 2017 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony & Parade
  • Presidential Inauguration Ceremony You’ll join with thousands of other people on the National Mall and witness the oath of office being administered to the newly elected president. It is a unique American experience – just to be present during such an occasion is so exciting and special. In addition to watching the official presidential inauguration ceremony, your group will watch our new president swear in, and watch the Presidential Inaugural Parade.
  • Explore D.C. Keep the excitement going after the parade by exploring the historic sites and landmarks in Washington, DC.
Day 3 Presidential Inauguration Heritage Festival Begins
  • Festival performances Festival performances run throughout the day at your event venue. After arriving at your concert venue, your group will warm up in a private rehearsal room. Each ensemble will perform for 15-minutes on stage. A panel of three adjudicators will provide written and recorded feedback for each performance. Following your performance, a select adjudicator will conduct a mini-clinic on stage with your group, providing valuable feedback and reinforcement for your classroom teachings. Groups will also have the opportunity to participate as an audience for other groups competing – giving your ensemble exposure to their peers.
  • Spy Museum (optional) Gain access to the world’s largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Operation Spy Workshop: Join a live action spy adventure where you are the spy! Each group has one hour to locate a missing nuclear trigger before it ends up in the wrong hands. This is not an exhibit!
  • Newseum (optional) Voted one of the top things to do in D.C., the Newseum is often called the best experience Washington, D.C., has to offer. Enjoy seven levels of interactive exhibits that explore how the news affects our shared experience of historic moments. Plus, check out the 4-D movie and see what it’s like to record the news yourself. An absolute must-do!
Day 4 Festival Performances Continue
  • Final performances Festival performances will continue throughout the day. Your performance time will be given to you weeks before your event, so you can plan your day accordingly. Bringing more than one ensemble? No problem – our team will arrange your schedule so you can maximize your free time.
  • Inauguration Awards Ceremony Our own version of the Inaugural ball - enjoy dinner, awards ceremony, and dance with all your new friends!
Day 5 Depart for home
  • Goodbye, D.C.! Depart for home, or stay an extra day or two! Our team can help you arrange travel or extra time in Washington, DC

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