Why GMT?

Why Grueninger Music Tours?

Since our founding in 1954, Grueninger Music Tours has specialized in student performance travel! Over the course of our rich history, we have taken thousands of bands, choirs, orchestras, and other student performance groups to parades, music festivals, concerts, and performances all over the world.

  • We understand how transformative travel and performing can be.This is why our singular focus is and has always been, to make our clients’ performance travel experience and participation in their event as extraordinary and worry-free as possible.
  • We’ve got years of music travel experience! We managed our first student performance group in 1954! Since then, we’ve become the music travel provider of choice for many of the nation’s top student performance groups. With so many music groups under our belt, we know what works, and what doesn’t. Our team of over 30 specialists, air ticketing experts, product development managers, account executives, and travel directors ALL have hands-on, “been-there/done-that” knowledge. They’ve traveled the world, and been to every popular “performance” destination. Many travel coordinators were previously band and music directors, so they have the perspective that only someone who has been in your shoes could understand.
  • We offer “soup-to-nuts,” turnkey solutions based on your objectives, budget and ideas. We can take you across the country or around the world. As part of our music travel service, we also provide online booking and payment options, fundraising opportunities, and even separate programs for boosters, friends and familywho want to go along to support you at your student music performance.
  • We manage every performance tour detail ourselves, leaving nothing to chance.  Our dedicated airline specialists work directly with the airlines – either by charter planes or issuing commercial seats. We do not offer “off the shelf” tours.We provide every client with a custom designed student music tour for your group to meet your specific needs.   (There is no extra charge for this service.) This flexibility translates into a more successful and cost-effective program for you and your students.
  • You will have ONE contact with 24/7/365 access. From the development of your itinerary, on-site at your event, and right through to your final trip reconciliation, you will have ONE contact for everything you might require or want. This person will be your “right hand” from beginning to end — and no task will be too large or too small. Significantly, our travel directors are always empowered to fix any problems “on the spot” should they occur.
  • Your students and their money are protected. We understand how important your students are. Because of this, their safety and security are our highest priority, and so is their money. We secure your funds and are fully bonded and insured. We also carry the seal of approval from both the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) and National Tour Association (NTA).
  • Grueninger Music Tours has “connections.” No matter where your student performance group wants to go, chances are we know the executives of the event. We only use vendors we have carefully screened, or with whom we already have a well-established working relationship.
  • We offer value with service. We will provide the highest possible level of service WITH cost savings. Because of our experience, reputation and personal relationships with both event executives and all vendors, we WILL get you the very best value for your money. All of this aside, we offer several proprietary and unique value-added features such as student motivational training, trip publicity and no-cost fundraisers.
  • There will be NO surprises! We do what we say, and deliver what we promise. (If we can’t do it. It can’t be done!)
Disney World Group Music Tour
Ireland Music Travel Performance
Grove City Group Music Tour
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The GMT Advantage

  • Over 60 years in student performance travel
  • Individual programs custom-designed for each music group
  • All of our expert staff, from administrative support to operations to travel directors, have hands-on band and choir program experience
  • 24-hour/7-day support from day one
  • 24-hour toll-free emergency number during the tour
  • Marketing support – we can help you will write press releases covering your fundraising events and the actual student music tour

Peace of Mind Protection

GMT understands how important your students are. We are pleased to offer an opportunity to deposit into an escrow account for all of your group’s hard earned deposit monies. We also offer peace of mind because we are fully bonded and insured, something few agents offer.

Student Group Tour Insurance

We understand that music tours involve large amounts of money. Not only are we fully bonded and insured, your deposit is served with a $200,000 performance bond. In addition, we have tour operator error and omission insurance, $1,000,000 in liability insurance covering your students everywhere – hotel, bus, amusement park, and restaurant, and a separate $5 million motor coach insurance policy.

Student Performance Tour Experts

  • Over 60 years in student performance travel
  • Top Producer for the Tournament of Roses: 60 bands since 2000!
  • Official music tour operator for the King Kamehameha Floral Celebration Parade in Hawaii
  • Disney’s Youth Travel Planner Advisory Board 2001/2003

Here are some of the bands and choirs we’ve worked with recently:

  • Indianapolis Children’s Choir
  • South Kitsap High School
  • Walton High School
  • Webb City High School
  • Niceville High School
  • Millard West High School
  • Fayetteville High School
  • Ohio State School for the Blind
  • Mercer Island High School
  • Prospect High School
  • Webb City High School
  • Greenfield Central
  • Lindbergh High School
  • Ambridge Area High School
  • Central Carroll High School
  • Clark County High School
  • Owasso High School
  • Valley High School
  • Attica High School
  • Davis High School
  • Homestead High School
  • Mountain View High School
  • Louisburgh High School
  • Whiteland High School


Years of student music group tours


Bands traveled with Grueninger Music Tours in the last 24 months


Satisfied band directors


Students, families and friends escorted across the globe by GMT travel partners


Miles a year in music travel