C O L L E G E
[that which we call Tiger Band Travel here around the South Farm] have
become a very integral and important part of our yearly Tiger Band
Schedule. Our Tiger Bands "On the Road Series" has always been
very popular and has included our recent Tulsa I, St. Louis I,
Pittsburgh, Nashville I, Dayton, Tulsa II, Knoxville, Nashville
II, Jackson, Memphis, Tulsa III [who will ever forget being with
Happy & the Boys as they won the National Championship], St. Louis
II, Savannah I, Tulsa IV and Savannah II [also - who will ever
forget being with Bill & the Boys as they won their first National
Championship], Savannah III [as Bill & the Boys won their second
National Championship], KCI [the first of many] delightful
jaunts to Kansas City, Savannah IV, Nashville III, KCII - 2005,
KC3-2007, MGE [aka Mini-Grrr.. Excursions ~ TN - Fall of 2007
and Kansas City - Spring of 2008] trips and our most-recent major
jaunt - KC2011 - March 15-22, 2011. Grrr...Excursions is/are always an enjoyable
way to travel and generally guarantees satisfaction [Cloverdale, IN -
1996 Tulsa II being the possible exception - Grrr...]
Because of the resounding success of our past Grrr... Excursions, many opportunities for Band Travel always present themselves.
For our 2014-2015 Performance Season we are planning [as you likely
know] a major Grrr... Excursions
[KCMMXV]. This will be a major project and wonderful "thing" for us all
[contingent upon funding, scheduling, et al]. And who knows, there might
be some Mini-Grrr... Excursions along the way. We shall also be open to
other possibilities and potentialities as they
Additionally, in the near future [sometime] we are going to begin a travel series
with our Tiger Symphonic Band as we continue
efforts to bring the "good word" of our Tiger Bands to many folks throughout the nation. We must
remember that Band Travel is always a "privilege
- not a right" and we must take this responsibility very seriously.
to any Grrr...Excursion, you will provided with a rather comprehensive TourPac
which will fully describe all aspects of the particular trip in question,
as well as general travel guidelines.
It is always important to remember that we want to travel, like to
travel and know that it is good for us to travel. To this end, we want to
promote all issues which will help in this regard.
Due to the nature of some Grrr... Excursions and restrictions on "playing members" in some venues, we have resorted to the "travel roster" concept for Tiger Band Travel. In many ways we have become victims of our own success, as our Tiger Bands have grown more than we ever dreamed possible or in some instances, can afford financially. [this is a good problem - not a bad, evil problem] To this end, we sometimes travel with a specified number only [i.e. 25 members, 1 director, 4 chaperones]. When utilizing the "travel roster" concept we make all attempts to be fair and impartial, using the following criteria ...
the past few years, our Tiger Band Scholars have performed for well-over
250,000 folks annually at a plethora of events and Excellence and Quality
have been, and are, our hallmarks. I know that wherever our Band Paths
lead us this year, you will again "step up to the plate"
to ensure the unqualified success of all performance and travel