by Jennifer McLellan, Tour Manager, Mercer Island High School Bands We loved our trip to Australia! Our recent adventure ‘down under’ checked…
ACFEA has been sending groups to Cuba since 1998, starting with the Oakland Youth Orchestra. Due to the vagaries and vicissitudes of US government policy, these projects have ranged from the relatively straightforward to the almost impossible, with today’s situation being decidedly at the straightforward end of the scale.
ACFEA's US Tour Managers are rounding out a 2-day meeting in the Philadelphia office. It's been a great opportunity to brainstorm, strategize, troubleshoot and dream together.
There is some debate about who said it first, but when the words “Middle East” were uttered, the room fell silent, as we all took in what had just been said. One could almost hear the sound of a steam train engine starting to chug, creaking into a slow but steady rhythm. Soon, the conversation accelerated to a full-speed brainstorm. The Middle East would be exciting, if risky, for any group, but for this group, there were added challenges; for seated across from me at this table was the leadership of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.