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Thanks to Bruce et al, lifelong memories were created for many!

This past February our music department had a remarkable experience in Italy under the leadership of Peak Performance Tours. There is no doubt that it was life-changing for many of our students, and a trip that they, their parent chaperones, and our staff will never forget.

 

The tour included copious performances that included singing at the Vatican, performing at Chiesa di Ognissanti with orchestra and choir, jazz performances and wind ensemble performances. Our travels took us through Rome, Florence and Venice- and included wonderful cuisine, guided tours, and many museums.

 

Peak Performances attention to detail was evident from the time we boarded busses in the USA (and prior) all the way to our return home. All our groups were met at various airports by knowledgeable employees, and our four European guides in Italy were fantastic. To move over two hundred people around in such a smooth manner is not an easy task- and it was done with finesse and lots of smiles! I look forward to further travel with this company. Thanks to Bruce et al, lifelong memories were created for many!

Tom Bateman, Choral Director
New Hope-Solebury HS, New Hope, PA

I would highly recommend contacting Peak to arrange all student music travel

The New Hope-Solebury Orchestra has traveled with Peak Performance tours since 2008.  Peak has customized itineraries in several cities for our group including Orlando, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Italy.  Our most recent trip to Italy included stops in Rome, Florence, Livorno, and Venice.  Our trip was individually tailored to our needs from instrument rentals and shipping, billing and payments, performance venues, meals, cultural tours, and air and ground transportation.  Bruce Rickert personally saw to every detail of our trip.  His professionalism and knowledge of the music travel industry is second to none.  The most important part of our relationship is that Bruce and Peak Performance Tours allowed me to focus on the music and performances while they handled every aspect of the tour behind the scenes.  We will be traveling to Europe with Peak Performance tours again in the future.  I would highly recommend contacting Peak to arrange all student music travel.

Nicholas Wehr, Orchestra Director
New Hope-Solebury High School, New Hope, PA

Our trip was a fantastic experience

Bravo and thank you for a wonderful experience; from our initial pickup to getting dropped off and everything else in between – our trip was a fantastic experience. Thank you!!!

Robert VanWyk, Band Director
Rahway High School, Rahway, NJ

It’s always a pleasure working with Peak Performance

It’s always a pleasure working with Peak Performance. Very accommodating to our groups needs and very flexible with any changes we may have

Wendy Costello
Greece Olympia High School, Rochester, NY

Peak Performance has that personal touch which most companies lack

Peak Performance has that personal touch which most companies lack.

Beau Flahive, Choral Director
Northampton High School, Northampton, MA

This has been the absolute best experience I have ever had on a trip with a tour company

This has been the absolute best experience I have ever had on a trip with a tour company. From the beginning, everything was well organized.  There was a lot of cooperation, flexibility, good details and excellent staff relations in the entire process.

Christopher Kastner, Band Director
North Arlington High School, North Arlington, NJ

Amazing Trip-truly hope to work with you again next year!!

Amazing Trip-truly hope to work with you again next year!!  I was amazed by how much I as the Director was able to enjoy the trip.  You guys did everything!

Britany Green Stimpson, Orchestra Director
Grimsley High School, Greensboro, NC

Peak Performance Tours is the best thing going in group travel

Peak Performance Tours is the best thing going in group travel. The planning is fabulous. The tour guides are responsive, helpful and flexible. On a Peak Performance Trip I can do two things I never could before: spend the majority of my time actually being a teacher for my students AND I can actually enjoy the trip myself.

Chuck Schmidt, Band Director
The Langley School, McLean, VA

Traveling with Peak Performance has been a pleasure

Traveling with Peak Performance has been a pleasure.  After working with the company for a couple of years, I know I can worry about the music!  All of the other details have been worked out.  I also had the experience of knowing I there was a problem, PPT will take care of it!  Thanks Bruce

Lewis Kelly, Band Director
West Orange High School, West Orange, NJ

they make it look simple

I always look at my trips as once-in-a-lifetime events that yield so much more than just going to a location, performing, etc.  They are opportunities for my students to grow and learn, not only as students and musicians, but also as young adults.  Bruce’s planning makes that all possible, and while I know that he and his team are constantly working their tails off for me, they make it look simple.

Jeffrey Haas, Director of Bands
Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, NJ

 I would like to take this opportunity to thank your for organizing the trip

I would like to take this opportunity to thank your for organizing the trip to Orlando for the West Orange Music Department.  The trip was considered a major success.  From the planning stages to the last day, you played a major role in making this an experience to remember for all of our staff and students.  Your professionalism is acknowledged by the way you provided us with the many options to choose from and by working within the budget of the student population.  Every detail while we were in Florida was handled in a way which enabled the staff to focus on their responsibilities.

I would also like to express my gratitude for your assistance with our emergency situation on the last day.  You played an important role I assisting Mr. Kelly during this time of need.  I appreciate you taking the time to obtain the flight for the student who became ill and the accompanying staff.  It’s comforting to know that we are working with a true professional as yourself.  I look forward to planning future trips with you and your company

Louis Quagliato, Fine Arts Supervisor
West Orange High School, West Orange, NJ

As a student I went to Orlando with my high school band

As a student I went to Orlando with my high school band.  Peak performance was the company and Bruce was our tour guide.  I was impressed then by how far he went to keep the trip running smoothly and to take care of the students and chaperones on the trip.  A few years later I was able to go on my second trip with PPT.  Again, I went to Orlando, but this time as a chaperone for a choir/orchestra trip.  Again I felt very comfortable with the attention to detail and flexibility during the trip.  As a first year teacher, knowing I had a trip in the Spring, I didn’t hesitate in contacting peak to take my group to Boston.  I know we would have an excellent trip, and the students would get the best experiences.  As he continually been my experience, Peak performance doesn’t disappoint.  I will be using them again!

Jarred Mathis, Band Director
Kittatinny High School, Newton, NJ

Peak performance is by far the best of the five travel companies I’ve worked with

Peak performance is by far the best of the five travel companies I’ve worked with.  Trips are always fun for the kids.  PPT makes band trips so easy; they are fun for the Director as well.  Flexibility options, great staff and escorts and knowledge of how to do things right, make PPT the best!

Chuck Schmidt, Band Director
The Langley School, McLean, VA

I would rate PPT excellent

I would rate PPT excellent.  All the work was done by the company and was less stressful for the trip committee.  Thanks for everything and start planning for our trip next year!

Fonda Taylor
Alexander School, Newark, NJ

Just a note to thank you for everything you did for the Wilson Band Trip.

Just a note to thank you for everything you did for the Wilson Band Trip.  Being a chaperone was never such a Breeze.  Everything was so well arranged and ran so smoothly.  You were great!  Thank you for making our trip so memorable.

Jane Schmoyer
Parent

I cannot say enough about Bruce

My kids loved Bruce  and he was instrumental in making sure that everything went extremely well and we were able to have an awesome trip!  I cannot say enough about Bruce.  The kids and I loved the trip and all of the extra activities we were able to do.  We are looking forward to next year.  Edinburgh or Bust

Paul Perez, Director
Infinity Repertory Theatre Company, Bedford Hills, NY
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