Blue Ridge Tours offers performance tours!
Marching Bands,Choral Groups and Choirs and Dance groups will enjoy these one of a kind trips! These are just a few of the ways we can serve your performance needs!
Student performing groups of 10 or more are given the opportunity to perform “on stage” at select locations throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort. Performances are approximately 25 minutes and groups must apply and meet audition qualifications. Marching, concert and jazz bands, show and jazz choirs, orchestras, dance and drill teams, color guards, pom squads, dance groups, vocal ensembles and gospel choirs are eligible to participate in this program. Groups can add additional educational elements to their itinerary with Disney Performing Arts Workshops. Performances are available throughout the year based on availability. (Groups should apply a year prior to travel for best availability)
A series of competitive performance events held annually each spring on select weekends March through May. Middle school concert and marching bands, high school concert and marching bands, string orchestras, chamber orchestras, full orchestras, jazz and choral ensembles, show choirs and auxiliary units are eligible to participate and no audition is required. Participating groups may choose a competitive or non-competitive status. This program gives groups the opportunity to receive written and verbal feedback in all categories and be a part of personalized feedback clinics for each performance.
Performing groups can hone their skills as they take part in magnificent behind-the-scenes workshops facilitated by Disney professionals. These workshops expose groups to real-world, professional rehearsing and performing environments. Workshop subject areas include Acting 101, Disney’s Broadway Magic for theatre and drama groups, Disney’s Sings for choral arts, You’re Instrumental for bands and orchestras of all levels, as well as Disney Dancin’ for dance ensembles of multiple skill levels.
Educational programs taught by trained Disney Facilitators at Walt Disney World® Resort locations. Programs take place in and behind the scenes of all Disney Theme Parks and the Downtown Disney® area. Groups may participate in multiple sessions as programs are taught daily. Each session is approximately three hours in length.
Nashville is home to a musical history and heritage that has earned it the nickname, “Music City”. Nashville is certainly one of the nation’s music industry epicenters. Take a tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium or grab a front row seat for America’s longest running live radio show, The Grand Ole Opry. Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame or cruise down the Cumberland River on the General Jackson showboat. After a ride on the showboat, you may even want to take a tour of President Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage. Record your group in the same studio where Elvis recorded over 200 songs. The music-laden opportunities are anything but few and are certainly complimented well by the local cuisine featuring hot chicken, barbeque, and “meat and three”. In sum, varieties of music festivals and performance venues make Nashville a classic destination that will provide a thoroughly enriching musical and historical experience.
Performance venues include Belle Meade Plantation, clinics at Belmont University, Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, RCA Studio B, clinics at Vanderbilt University and more.
Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge TN
It all begins at the famous Gatlinburg "Strip"! Enjoy attractions including several Ripley's venues such as the "Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the Aquarium of The Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg, theatre entertainment, and shopping, shopping, and more shopping! Ober Gatlinburg offers activities in the summer for all ages including ice skating, and becomes a ski resort in the winter. Pigeon forge is home to Dolly Parton's famed parks and presents one of the finest dinner theaters in the Smokies. Visit Dollywood for high flying coasters and rides of all kinds. Spend a day at Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park for excellent water fun in the sun. Enjoy an evening of entertainment at any number of dinner theaters such as Dolly Parton's "Dixie Stampede! With Blue Ridge Tours, Inc. at the helm, your students will be adventurous, experience educational venues, and have the fun of a lifetime.
Performance Venues include The Island (Pigeon Forge),
Dollywood Theme Park
Smoky Mountain Music Festival Adjudicated Performance and Awards Ceremony (April and May)
New York City,New York
A world center for culture and trade, you’ll find more than you can imagine in the Big Apple. Experience a Broadway show, then learn from a cast member in a private workshop for your group. See how an immigrant lived, study the European masters, or marvel at meteorites at some of the world’s most celebrated museums. Walk in the footsteps of your favorite film and television characters on a guided city tour. Get lost in the hustle and bustle of Times Square, or enjoy the calm serenity of Central Park. Cruise past the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. Stand 850 feet above Rockefeller Center, then go subterranean with a ride on the NYC Subway. Watch the world’s greatest divas at work in a performance of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, or Jazz at Lincoln Center. Devour a slice of New York pizza, tackle an enormous deli sandwich, or enjoy an authentic meal in Little Italy or Chinatown. A world of tastes and experiences is at your fingertips in New York City.
Performance venues include the Band of Pride Tribute, Broadway Classroom workshops, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Ellis Island, Holley Plaza in Washington Square Park, the IBM Atrium, Liberty Island, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, clinic with a member of the N.Y. Philharmonic, St. Bartholemew’s, St. Paul’s Chapel, South Street Seaport, Trump Tower and more.
Our Nation’s capital is where history, the present and the future all meet. Take a picture in front of the White House, stand in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building, and take in a show at the Kennedy Center. Music based clinic opportunities abound at the local Universities. Play for a captive audience at the National Museum of the American Indian or perform and then shake hands with Honest Abe at the Lincoln Memorial. Journey into the skies aboard the Spirit of St. Louis or into space in the Apollo 11 Command Module at the National Museum of Air and Space. Step back into our nation’s history in the Rotunda at the National Archives. The most iconic buildings and people define what it means to be an American in Washington, D.C.
Performance venues include clinics at George Mason University, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, clinics with members of the Marine Band, National Museum of the American Indian, clinics with members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Union Station, Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, WWII Memorial and more.