About our Student Groups Department
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Student travel is an essential part of every child’s education. Travel connects curriculum to reality, practice to performance and classroom to career.
With that philosophy in mind, Springdale Travel’s STUDENT TOUR DIVISION was born. Debra Smith founded the department after 25 years in the Mobile County Public School System. Knowing how important hands-on experiences are for students and how time consuming and stressful trip planning can be for all involved; Debra began planning and coordinating performance based and educational excursions. Thereby, giving the students an educationally sound trip and the teachers, administrators, and parents stress free student travel.
Her goal is to provide a note worthy travel experience with prices and services that are second to none.
All trips are 100% CUSTOMIZED to suit your group’s travel needs and budget.
“There is no substitute for travel; no app, video game, or classroom lesson that can take the place of hands-on-experiences.”
PERFORMANCE TRIPS – Talent on Tour
Whether it’s your school’s band, orchestra, choir, dance class, or drama club, we plan memorable performance opportunities so students perform in events of a lifetime and learn that practice makes perfect. Debra was an educator for 25 years and a band booster mom for 10; she understands the complexities of performance groups and what it takes for them to travel.
We will help you find the perfect performance opportunity for your group; bowl games, festivals, parades, concerts, Disney, Universal, other theme park/venues, adjudicated or not.
Our Student Tour Division coordinates all aspects of the trip; meals, activities, performances, transportation (bus/air/train), instrument rental, guided tours, and hotel accommodations. Our tour conductors escort the group, so the educators have more time to enjoy the trip and their students.
When planning a senior trip, there are so many details that must be taken care of. Not only do certain resorts and cruise lines have special guidelines regarding groups of minors but also you want to ensure someone is keeping their safety top of mind. When booking your Senior Trip with Springdale Travel's Student Groups Department not only do you have the ease and convenience of a travel agent but you also have someone who knows a thing or two about the appropriate locations to send a group of High School Seniors.
We've done cruises and all-inclusive resorts; we've done small groups and large ones. And since each Senior Class wants something different, each itinerary is completely customized start to finish. Just give us a call and we can help you plan a great way to "Go out with a Bang" at the end of your child's high school career.
- Hawaii International Festival
- Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
- NYC Performance Tour
- Nashville Music Festival
- Festival Disney
- Disney on Stage
- Universal Stars
- Carnegie Hall
- San Antonio Music Festival
Below are some of the most popular student destinations and package inclusions. Use them as a starting point for planning your group’s trip of a lifetime. (Performance opportunities are available for all destinations.)
SAMPLE PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
NYC, DC, & Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade
Walt Disney World - Orlando
Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL
Universal Studios and Busch Gardens Package
Universal Studios Macy's Holiday Parade
But you don't have to believe us. Read some of the raving reviews from parents and teachers on recent trips!
"Debra never ceases to amaze me with her organizational skills, knowledge of our destinations, ability to make things happen to suit the needs of our group, and her positivie, professional attitude. She did a great job and we thoroughly enjoyed our New York experience. She is a fabulous representative of your company and I will continue to use Springdale Travel for all future excusions because of her. Thanks again for our super experience!" - Heather Moore, Former Phillips Preparatory Band Director
"This was a fantastic trip start to finish. Kudos to Debra Smith and the entire crew at Springdale Travel. I have been following parent and student comments for the past two week since our return and all without exception have been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you for making this the trip of a lifetime for our students!" - Kayla Wheat, Baker High School Band Booster Representative
The Choctaw County High School Class of 1975 thanks Springdale Travel Agent Debra Smith for planning a wonderful trip in New Orleans, LA. Celebrating our 40th class reunion was the best ever. Hats Off to You !!! - Linda Fluker
As a high school band director, it is so nice to be able to sit back, relax, and ENJOY a trip. Debra and Donna allow you to focus on the music and not on the travel details. They do everything they can to make a customized itinerary for your needs and always impress me by thinking of details I would not have noticed on my own. - Stuart Ivey, Huntsville High School Band Director
Ms. Smith and Ms. Cutrer working together made this trip an awesome time for my students. I always know if they are in charge everything will be fine. - Marcina Lang, Baker High School Band Parent
Went on school trip and I feel like EVERY DETAIL was thought out and planned nicely. Everyone was friendly from bus drivers to tour guides to Springdale staff. For a crew of 400 people, I think EVERYONE did an exceptional job. - Angie Cooley
Meet the group department:
Managing Director, Student Travel
Taught for 25 years and retired from the Mobile County Public School System.
10 years experience in a band booster organization.
Student & Group Travel Specialist
Taught for 30 years and retired from the Mobile County Public School System.
Student Performance Travel Specialist
Degrees in Music Performance and Business.
Student Performance Travel Specialist
The University of Bands Program Assistant at the University of Alabama
Memberships: National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Alabama Music Educators Association and the Alabama Bandmasters Association.
Tuscaloosa and Surrounding Areas
Just remember, we do it all…..so YOU don’t have to!
So sit back, relax and enjoy the trip. test test
Springdale Travel, Inc.
958 Montlimar Drive
Mobile, AL 36609
313 S. Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
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