Welcome, Band Directors!

Marching Band Performers at Bowl GameImagine the moment your students realize that band is an adrenaline rush like no other. At WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs, we specialize in showcasing the excitement of marching and concert bands through unique performing opportunities. From regional music festivals in destinations like Anaheim and Chicago to taking the stage in Carnegie Hall, or performing during the Russell Athletic Bowl halftime show, WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs offers the kind of band competition, adjudication, and top-notch venues you can’t find anywhere else.

When you join the WorldStrides Heritage Performance family, you’ll be supported by the premier organization in the student travel field. Starting the moment you decide to travel, you will have a personal team of dedicated staff members supporting you every step of the way. From securing your hotel and transportation logistics to recommending and booking exciting activities in your event location, we’re dedicated to providing an incredible experience for you and your students.

Your ensemble will learn and grow closer together during this exciting adventure that combines travel with musical performance. To thank you for offering your students this amazing opportunity, WorldStrides Heritage Performance is proud to offering traveling directors exciting rewards.

When you join us for a music festival, bowl game, or parade event you will:

  • Travel free with a minimum number of full-paying participants
  • Learn from nationally renowned adjudicators as they share techniques for inspiring and coaching student performers
  • Build a tradition of performance travel at your school that expands your music program by recruiting and retaining top talent
  • Earn rewards in the form of scholarships or airline tickets
  • Benefit from sharing your experience with your peers with referral incentives
  • Advance your teaching career with free professional development and low-cost graduate credit
  • Receive free audio files and a supplementary “textbook” (Discovery Journal) to enhance student learning
  • Membership into our Director’s Club

When you bring your concert band to one of our music festivals, your students will perform in front of a panel of three adjudicators who are experts in concert band performance. The adjudicator you and your students will work with at one of our bowl games will have the experience and the enthusiasm to take your marching band program to the next level. All of our adjudicators are required to complete annual training and are hand-selected for their ability to translate complex musical technique and theory into student-appropriate terms. We’re confident that they’ll send you home with new ideas that will inform your program for years to come.

As your partner in music education, we provide valuable and inspiring learning opportunities at every band performance. Drum major, percussion, woodwind, brass, color guard, and director workshops with nationally recognized adjudicators and instructors are available at select events.

Past adjudicators include:


Dr. Kenneth Dye, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Kenneth Dye is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame, where he has led the acclaimed Band of the Fighting Irish marching program for the past 12 years. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he earned a Doctorate in Music Education. Dr. Dye also holds a Master of Arts in Music from California State University and Bachelor of Music from USC. Ken Dye served as composer/arranger for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Band and pops arranger for the Dallas Symphony.
Norm Ruebling
For more than 30 years, Norm Ruebling has been a recognized fixture on the national marching band scene. He is a former music director at the University of Missouri, Emporia State University, Southeastern Louisiana State University, and Union HS (Union, MO). As a nationally renowned adjudicator and clinician, Norm has traveled to Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States for the last 32 years.
Wes Cartwright, Broken Arrow High School
Wes Cartwright is one of the foremost names in the field of pageantry and visual innovation. From his celebrated design with Drum Corps International’s World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard to consecutive Grand National Championships with Broken Arrow and L.D. Bell High Schools, Mr. Cartwright’s groundbreaking concepts have entertained, educated, and inspired a generation of students, instructors, and enthusiastic fans.
Jim Hudson, Arizona State University
Jim Hudson is in his sixth year as Director of Athletic Bands at Arizona State University. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he served as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kansas and Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). His bands have performed internationally in Switzerland, Italy, France, and Ireland, and nationally at the Super Bowl XLII halftime show and 1999 Grand National Championships.


Additional past adjudicators include:

  • Bill Ballenger – Director of Bands, Texas Tech University
  • Tom Leslie – Director of Bands, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Wayne Downey – Music Director, Concord Blue Devils

From halftime performances at national bowl games to regional music festivals and performances at Carnegie Hall, we have a life-enriching performance opportunity that is perfect for you and your students. The experience of competing and performing in some of the most amazing cites in the country will improve your band program and make your entire community proud.

Getting started is easy!

Step 1: Explore our programs to learn about our event dates, locations, and included activities. Download the full festival performance schedule here. To view our suggested music list for instrumental groups, click here.

Step 2: Click here to request more information. You can also contact a Event Selection Adviser at 1-800-223-4367.

This will be the experience of a lifetime for you and your students. Start planning today!

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