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Ambassadors of Music??

DontPanic1DontPanic1 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
edited July 2011 in Music Major
I would appreciate it if anyone who has participated would post advice for those considering it. Apparently these are state-level programs (ours is Missouri), but they all seem to have a similar format.

I'm not concerned about how it will look on a resume, just want to know if it's a worthwhile experience (from both musical and travel perspectives) and worth the money. Thank you!!
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  • DaniDani Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member
    I did this in July. It was really a lot of fun...I don't know if it's the same for all states, but our Hawaiian group went to London, Paris, Switzerland, Venice, Austria, and Germany. If you're going with the hope of really seeing a lot/getting to know countries...don't count on it. You do see a lot, but for brief amounts of time for each.

    If the program does go to these same places, though, I would definitely go. It gives you an idea of where you'd like to go back later, and gives you a nice taster of Europe. The concerts are pretty fun--ours were great because we had hula dancers, as well as Japanese and Filipino dancers. You will loooove Champery, Switzerland. If you want to know anything about the specific places, let me know and I'll tell you what I can remember.

    If you're a drinker, you'll also love it--with the low drinking ages, the kids in my group had a pretty great time. Though I guess that depends on your chaperones--ours didn't care one way or the other, lol.

    It was definitely worth the money, and the experience of performing for so many people all around the world was really great. It's nice, too, that the ONLY times you play are for the shows--no practices that'll waste your time.

    Let me know if you want more info!
  • DontPanic1DontPanic1 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    Thanks, Dani, that's helps a lot. The info meeting is tonight, so we'll find out more. I'd be thrilled just to go to Hawaii!
  • DontPanic1DontPanic1 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    Could anyone who is familiar with this program please share their impression of it? It's where a HS musical contingent from our state tours Europe for 16 days of sightseeing and performing. I know it's not intended to be an 'honor' thing, but it sounds like a great experience. For one thing, I'm concerned about the large size of the group - apparently in the 150-300 range. I'm wondering if just the logistics (boarding and unboarding buses, checking into and out of hotels, etc.) for a group that size would take too large a chunk out of their days. For the heftly cost, I wouldn't want my S spending all his time sitting around waiting! Thank you very much for a perspective on this or anything else you know about it.
  • rbinazrbinaz Registered User Posts: 35 New Member
    Where are you from? Both my daughters participated in Ambassadors of Music--we live in Arizona. The groups were very large as you mentioned, but the coordination of the tour was superb. The expectations of the kids are high and they seemed to live up to it--good behavior, prompt, courteous, etc. There did seem to be a lot of bus time. Both my girls were happy with their experience. It started a travel bug with my youngest d. She went to France last year in a Sister City program and is going to Europe this summer backpacking with a group of friends. Daughters' trips to Europe-4 Mom's trips to Europe-0. I have a lot of catching up to do.

    If you have any specific questions, feel free to pm me. I'll try to answer them.
  • DontPanic1DontPanic1 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    Thanks, Rbinaz!

    That's good to hear; I hope our group is as well-organized as yours. Sounds like your Ds were happy with their experience. We're in Missouri. My son is very interested (he plays trumpet and would love to do the jazz band). Did the performances seem to be well received?
  • silencedogoodsilencedogood Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I had a D participate in the program several years ago. She still keeps in touch with the friends she made on the trip and couldn't say enough great things about the experience. For her, the highlight was performing at the Montreaux (sp?) festival in Switzerland. They performed in both urban and rural concerts. The rural concerts were actually her favorite venue. She said entire communities would welcome them and come to hear them perform, bringing the students food and gifts. She also reported that the trips were well-operated and ran smoothly. Would love to hear about your S's experiences!
  • DontPanic1DontPanic1 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    That sounds great Silence, thanks. And welcome to CC! I'm somewhat of a newbie myself. AoM isn't until next summer, I'm just trying to decide before the due date for the deposit, June 15. I think my son's maturity level will be the issue here!
  • PiccoloMomPiccoloMom Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    In the post-911 era, I have to worry about the security of large groups of US students touring in Europe. What kind of security precautions are taken for these groups?
    I realize my kid would have to show some individual responsibility, I guess I just need reassurance about baby going off into the great big world.
  • violadadvioladad Registered User Posts: 6,645 Senior Member
    PiccoloMom, just to let you know this thread is almost five years old.

    There's a date on each post above the poster's name.
  • DontPanic1DontPanic1 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    I'm the OP. Thread's old 911 was fresher then than now. My son did go on the trip and had a fantastic time. It's expensive - a family trip would be a lot less per person - but he sure wouldn't have enjoyed it as much! Anyway, as for security, I really don't remember it being an issue. It was discussed - they had small groups responsible for each other, and that they did a bed check every night whereever they were. (post-trip, I got the impression that the kids had been very responsible.) But at the pre-meetings, parents seemed to be more concerned about 'underage' drinking than security.
  • BaritoneDadBaritoneDad Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    My son went last summer with a group from Ohio. The group included both a choral group and orchestra so it was pretty large. My son had a wonderful time (he got to sing a solo in St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice) and everything went off without a hitch. While Ambassadors of Music is the overall group the is in charge of the group, each state group has their own group of volunteers and state organizers that are in charge of the trip. The people in charge from Ohio have done the trip every other year for I think 10 - 15 years so they had it down pretty good.

    Good luck with your decision making.
  • mamakinmamakin Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    My son went last summer with the Oregon group. They had a great time and the tour was well organized. It may sound a bit sappy, but I think groups like this improve security for Americans abroad by being such great representatives for American youth.
  • alohagailalohagail Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    Is there a group like this for Southern California? A website I could look at?
  • mamakinmamakin Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    Your high school band director should know if there is a group for your area. It may be too late for this year's tour as they do plan well in advance.
  • MusicmanjdbMusicmanjdb Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    I had almost sent in my money for the Ohio choral one. I heard it was a blast. However, it was between a junky car and the trip, or a decent car. Well, and I was 16 so I went with the car. But I totally regret it. Heard nothing but good things.
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