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I have been on two trips with this group. A great bunch of people to travel with and so much packed in to each trip. Almost everything is included in the price, so it's really quite a deal. Contact Gwood68@aol.com, he is the band director. I will probably not be going on this trip, but it should be a wonderful experience.
Visit Exotic Turkey This Summer
Visit fabulous Istanbul as well as many other exotic cities and sites in Turkey this June, and do it in complete comfort and safety with The Big Easy Jazz Ambassadors Travel Club. The club has been going strong since 1999, and consists of New Orleans jazz musicians as well as a "tone-deaf" entourage that accompany us on all our trips. The dates of the trip are from June 4-12, 2012, and the all-inclusive price for the nine-day trip is $3245 per person. Included in the price are: round trip airfare from New Orleans to Istanbul on Lufthansa Airlines (out-of-towners can meet us in Charlotte, South Carolina, for the flight to Istanbul through Munich); three and four-star hotel rooms – 2 nights at the Barcelo Saray Hotel in Istanbul, 1 night at the Kolin Hotel in Cannakkale, 1 at the Izmir Movenpick in Izmir, 1 at the Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal in Pamukkale, and 2 at the La Vista Boutique Hotel & Spa in Kusadasi; breakfast every morning and dinner every night; admission in Istanbul to the 6th Century Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodorme, Topkapi Palace and the underground cistern; visits to the World War I Gallipoli Battlefield, Cape Helles, Suvla Bay, Anzac Cove, the ruins of Troy (!); the Acropolis, the Asclepion, and the Red Basilica in the historic town of Pergamon; the ruins at Laodicea of one of the seven Asian churches mentioned in the Bible; the Temple of Aphrodite in the beautiful site of Aphrodisia; one of the original Seven Wonders of the World - the Temple of Artemis – as well as the main site of the Ephesus, Rome's main Asian city; private chartered coach throughout; all airport ground transfers; all taxes and tips; and a fantastic private tour guide that speaks seven languages. The price is based on thirty travelers and two people to a room. We can easily find a roommate for single travelers. (The single room supplement is $575.) A $300 deposit (refundable until February 7, 2012) will hold a place in the group. Once 30 travelers are reached, a waiting list will be started. A tentative itinerary is available upon request, as are references. This is a great trip at a discounted price because of the band’s participation in other European events. For more information, call Guy Wood at 504-835-8310 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the event organizers’ website at www.youthmusic.org.
ABOUT THE TRIP ORGANIZER: The trip is organized by Youth Music of the World – widely recognized as the foremost Event Organizer and Performance Travel Arranger in the World. They also have two partner companies – Destination Events and In Concert Europe – that deal with the day-to-day details of the group trips. YMOTW’s exclusive major events are the London New Year’s Day Parade and Festival in England, the Easter in Edinburgh Festival, the Rome Peoples New Year Street Show and the Frascati Street Show and Festival in Italy, and, in partnership with the city of Madrid, the Cabalgata de Reyes Festival in Spain. Since their inception, tens of thousands of performers from all over the world have participated in these prestigious events – incorporating high school, university, and adult musical groups.
ABOUT THE GROUP & THE TOUR DIRECTOR: Guy C. Wood is presently Band Director at Archbishop Shaw High School in metro New Orleans. This will be the nineteenth performing/tour group he is taking to Europe. Wood was a member of the international adjudication panel at the inaugural Easter in Maastricht (Netherlands) Festival in 1998. He was so impressed with the festival that he organized the first Big Easy Jazz Ensemble that performed in Maastricht in 1999. A big hit with the Dutch, the group returned in 2000 and 2001. A junior Big Easy Jazz Ensemble – consisting of high school musicians – marched in the Millennium Parade in Paris on New Year’s Day 2000. Since renamed the Big Easy Jazz Ambassadors, the adult group has also performed in London, Venice, Rome, Frescati (Italy), Paris, Chantilly (France), Budapest, Prague, Madrid and Edinburgh. The group has also visited Germany, Austria, Ireland, Belgium, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Monaco, Vatican City, and Liechtenstein. Wood taught in the Louisiana public schools for thirty-six years before retiring from the public system in May, 2004. He has been named to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” on four separate occasions and in 1993 was one of only four music teachers in the United States recognized by the “Disney Channel Salute to the American Teacher.” The “Big Easy” group always consists of some of the best amateur and professional musicians from the cradle of jazz - New Orleans. Our “second-liners” come from throughout the United States.
Physicians: Dr. Frank Wagner, Dr. Rory Duffour, Dr. Russell Steele, Dr. Joseph Lamendola, Dr. Robert McIntyre.
Professional Musicians: Milton Bush, Carl Meyer, Ed Lewis, Dave Clement, Johnny Johnston, Joan Pizzolato, Ernie Kinkaid, Sal Suer, Frank Mannino, Everett Watson, Larry Winchester, Tommy Yetta, Rhodes Spedale, Rene Coman, Bob McIntyre.
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