The Stage is Set for OrlandoFest

Hours of practice. Countless rehearsals. Early mornings and late nights. The performing arts demand dedication. Anyone who has ever been a part of marching band, orchestra, choir, or dance program knows the work is tough but the reward is great. Most will jump at the chance to highlight or hone these hard-earned skills through competition, workshops, or performance venues.  Fortunately, there’s an exceptional Music Festival and Performance Experience that checks all the boxes – OrlandoFest!


OrlandoFest is a premier, education-based music experience taking place Fridays and Saturdays March through early June in Orlando, FL. Performers of all ages can participate in either Music Festivals or Workshops designed to reinforce concepts being taught in the classroom or studio. In addition to state-of-the-art facilities, each program includes admission to Universal Orlando Resort™.  It’s a great way to reward the efforts of your devoted students.


Competitive and non-competitive bands, choirs, orchestras and dance groups will perform before nationally renowned adjudicators in with digitally recorded and written comments. The OrlandoFest Awards Ceremony takes place at Universal Orlando Resort™ and includes a custom gift for each participant. OrlandoFest also includes admission to world-famous Universal Orlando Resort™! Click here to find out more about Festival options and inclusions.


Bands, choirs and orchestras are invited to participate in OrlandoFest Workshops.  This musical instruction is designed specifically to develop ensemble performance skills, enhance individual musicianship skills, and provide a fun learning experience. Each two-hour Workshop focuses on a choice of topics (typically 3-4) that best meet the needs of the group. Expert clinicians will teach new and innovative techniques to a minimum of 25 participants. Best of all, admission to Universal Orlando Resort™ is included with the Workshops as well! Click here to find out more about Workshop options and inclusions.

Regardless of which option you choose, OrlandoFest is an extraordinary experience for young performers seeking to strengthen or showcase their talents. An exclusive partnership with Universal Orlando Resort™ makes it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Kaleidoscope Adventures: Educating Students Through Travel

Kaleidoscope Adventures is a premier OrlandoFest partner and will handle your performance trip with ease. Call 407-345-4899 to find out more about this surprisingly unique performance opportunity!

The Midwest Clinic

December is here and we all know what that means… bright lights, cheerful spirits, fresh pine and THE MIDWEST CLINIC!  Ok.  Most of us probably have a different association with the month of December.  However, those who work with band, orchestra or music programs know that attending this prestigious conference IS like Christmas morning for musicians.

What is The Midwest Clinic?

The Midwest Clinic is the largest instrumental music education conference in the world.  For more than 70 years, it’s been a forum for the finest ensemble performances, expert presentations and the most current trends in the industry.  It’s packed with more than 50 clinics, 90 concerts, new music reading sessions and noted experts for more than 17,000 attendees from around the globe.

When and Where is it?

The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference started in Chicago more than 70 years ago and is still held there today.  This year’s conference will run from December 19-22, 2018 at McCormick Place.

Who Should Attend?

ANYONE with an interest in music will benefit from attending.  Grade school and high school music students, directors, instrumental teachers, composers and arrangers, music industry representatives, college program participants and instructors and administrators are just a handful of recommended participants.

Kaleidoscope Adventures Will Be There!

Kaleidoscope Adventures, your trusted student travel partner and leader in performance travel, will be at Midwest Clinic again this year.  Stop by our booth (1030) and say hello!

If you are considering applying to have your ensemble perform at the Midwest Clinic in the future, Kaleidoscope can help you get there.  Details for the application process can be found on the clinic’s performance FAQs page.

If you are interested or involved in music, don’t miss the experience of The Midwest Clinic.  It may be the best holiday gift you’ll ever receive!

“Bowl” Them Over with an Amazing Bowl Season Performance!

The excitement of bowl season is nearly palpable as late December closes in. Bowl pools are completed in every office, family gathering and on-line, while the big games are hyped on all channels. If you have ever attended one of these nationally revered events, you know that the stadium roars to a fevered pitch as the crowd anticipates kick off! What a rush!

“Bowl” Them Over!

There are a select few among us who have had the opportunity to be a part of the pre-game festivities for these exciting competitions, namely the iconic bowl parades. High school marching bands from around the country (sometimes the world!) converge on bowl locations to kick off the action and set the tone for fanatical game attendees. Audiences of thousands watch as these talented musicians wow the crowds with spirit and skill. It is truly a magnificent experience for both participants and viewers, a memory to keep for a lifetime.

Bands of All Sizes Welcome

Marching band directors looking to showcase their accomplished students’ skills need look no further than a bowl parade. While some of the bowl organizations use an “invitation only” approach to selecting bands, others require an application for inclusion. It’s also important to note that bands of all sizes can often participate. Large competition bands, small marching bands or partial ensembles can take part in these exhilarating events.

Choose Your Bowl Game Wisely

When considering the performance venue that works for your student group, consider destination, timing and application requirements. If you’re hoping to travel while the students are on break, you may want to think about the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. If pomp and circumstance is on your checklist, try the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland. Maybe you’re hoping to get out of the cold. If so, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia may work for you. There are lots of great options if you know where to look.

Expert Help Planning

One of the best ways to wade through the process of performing in a bowl parade is to partner with an experienced company specializing in student performance travel. Kaleidoscope Adventures is an outstanding choice with more than 25 years in the industry and granular attention to detail. You can be confident that they’ll handle all the details and get you to the big event with ease!

Yes, bowl season is upon us. While football may take center stage on game day, students will be the stars of the pre-game! It’s an exciting and raucous time and an amazing performance opportunity for marching bands of all kinds and sizes. Call Kaleidoscope Adventures at 407-345-4899 today and get ready to be a part of the excitement in 2019!