Small Enough to Care, Yet Big Enough to Make a Difference
A proven leader in group travel, our expert staff custom designs each tour to include beautiful and historic sites, excellent accommodations, comprehensive sightseeing, exciting and educational experiences, a few extra surprises and a great deal of fun. We listen to your needs, budget and objectives to create your program’s once-in-a-lifetime event.
Grueninger Music Tours (GMT) is an independent division of the Grueninger Travel Group, which has provided group travel experiences since 1954. We are members of the National Tour Association (NTA), which is not only an honor, it’s an advantage. The NTA membership gives us the purchase power of a global conglomerate, but as a family-owned and operated business, we understand and care about your group’s needs. As a preferred supplier, we have long-term, contractual relationships with major airlines, hotels and attractions and receive discounted rates and preferential treatment. We’re also members of the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA), Texas Band Masters Association, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Ensemble, and Cruise Line International Association (CLIA).
Although Grueninger Music Tours is at the heart of our business, other divisions focus on leisure travel and incentive meetings and events. Clients include the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), Ryland Homes, Angie’s List, Indiana University Alumni Association, Notre Dame Alumni Association, Ohio State Alumni Association, the Indianapolis Colts Association, Indianapolis Racing League, Indiana Pacers, Coca Cola Indianapolis Distribution, Marsh Supermarkets, and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, to name a few.
Othmar Grueninger, Chairman
A native of the Black Forest, Germany, Othmar Grueninger started
arranging student tours to Europe while studying at DePauw
University. He launched a full-service business in 1956 and
branch offices around the state quickly followed, making him the
largest tour operator in the state.
Michael Grueninger, President
Michael joined his father’s business full-time in 1991 in sales
and marketing, after more than two years with Holland America
Westours. Michael was instrumental in the development of
Grueninger Tours’ Music division and has personally managed more
than 60 bands to the major bowl games.
James DiBlasio, Director of Sales
James has managed and directed Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
tours, Rose Parade tours, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
programs in Dublin, Ireland. He brings over twenty years travel
and tourism experience to GMT. His background also includes
senior product development, corporate incentive sales and
marketing coordination for large group and religious travel
Greg Caples, Sr. Business Development
A team member of GMT for 20 years, Greg serves as the primary
program designer and manager for the annual King Kamehameha
parade in Honolulu. Greg is a graduate of Southwest Missouri
State University, and is the senior business development manager
for the Midwest region. He is an avid University of Michigan
Chris Richards, Business Development
Before joining GMT in 2005, Chris served as a middle and high
school music educator for 13 years. Chris earned his bachelor’s
degree in music education from Edinboro University of
Pennsylvania and his masters in music/percussion performance
from Indiana University. He has managed Rose Parade and Macy’s
Parade programs, and is GMT’s lead manager for performance and
educational trips to New York City, Washington DC, and Orlando,
Diana Hook, Director of Operations
Diana Hook joined GMT in 2006 bringing 25 years of travel
industry experience to the team. Diana owned her own travel
agency for 17 years. Currently, she oversees operations of the
Grueninger/Ambassadair Groups and Incentives division.
Carole Greenawald, Account Executive
Carole joined GMT full time in 2005. She handles operations for
the Rose Parade and has directed many Rose Parade tours. A
former middle school principal, Carole brings many years
experience and expertise working with students to GMT.
Katharine Cox, Account Executive
Katharine joined Grueninger in January of 2007 and has since
operated many successful GMT programs. In addition to operating
the tours, Katharine has also traveled with groups across the
United States and to the Caribbean. Prior to joining Grueninger,
Katharine spend six years as a Program Coordinator at the
Indianapolis Senior Center.
Betsy Long, Product Development Specialist
Betsy brings many years of experience in the hotel industry and international travel planner. She has worked for GMT since 2016 and brings a wealth of knowledge in the coordination of trips.
Ali Judd, Senior Graphic Designer
Ali creates all the graphics for the student tours from travel
booklets to bus signs and luggage tags. Most recently, she had
the opportunity to design and create the theme and logo for the
Northwest Pacific Intercollegiate Marching Band programs.