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Your Student Travel Team

At Choice Music Tours, all aspects of your customized student trip are handled by one agent who is committed to making your trip planning and travel as worry free as possible. Our agents have many years of experience in student travel and many are former music educators. We believe this gives Choice Music Tours a unique understanding of all the elements of student travel! Your tour agent has first hand "on the ground" experience guiding tours all over the North America. When they work with you in planning your trip they can speak from actual experience with the location.

Each year our tour agents personally escort trips all over the North America. For those trips on which the tour agent does not travel, we provide a highly experienced tour guide who will meet you upon arrival and stay with you throughout your tour ensuring everything is taken care of for you. Your tour guide will work personally with your tour agent to be sure your trip is worry free. Each group works with a representative in our office from the proposal stage to the end of their tour.

General Manager

Jim Falvo

A PMEA Hall of Fame Awardee and Citation of Excellence winner, Jim Falvo brings over 45 years of travel experience to Choice Music Tours. Jim came to CMT in 2002, during his years the CMT clients have increased 10 fold. Noted for his organizational skills along with his Superior rated bands at Canon-McMillan High School, Jim has organized over 200 student trips including Los Angeles, Myrtle Beach, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Chicago, New York City and Orlando among others in the United States and to Montreal, Toronto and Mexico City.

Jim is a Past President of PMEA District 1 and serves as a PMEA Adjudicator and guest conductor. Jim received both his Bachelor and Master’s of Music Education Degrees from the Creative Arts Center of West Virginia University. Jim is a member of PMEA, MENC, ASBDA, NBA, and Phi Beta Mu.

Travel Consultants

Bill Galvin

A PMEA Citation of Excellence winner and a National Band Association Citation of Excellence recipient, Bill Galvin brings over 45 years of education and travel experience to Choice Music Tours.

Bill is skilled at planning, budgeting, teacher training and student and parent relations. His Trinity High School groups performed at the MENC Eastern Conference, three Music for All National Music Festivals, and four PMEA In-Service Conferences. The Trinity High School Band placed first eight consecutive years in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association Championships and his concert groups earned twenty-six PMEA Superior Ratings. During his teaching tenure his groups traveled to Orlando, Atlanta, Buckhannon, Louisville, Toronto, Virginia Beach, Washington, DC, Detroit, and Philadelphia.

Bill is a Past President of PMEA District 5, former Chair of the PMEA Music Booster Affiliate, and Past President of the Washington County Music Educator Association. He has hosted numerous PMEA Region and District Festivals and currently coordinates the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival for Music for All. Bill also is a member of the Music for All Educational Advisory team. Bill holds degrees from Morehead State University and Duquesne University. Bill formally performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra and served as conductor of the annual WSO Chamber Concert.

Cindy Hinnebusch

Cindy served on the Executive Board for several years, including a year as Band Booster President, for the Upper St. Clair High School Band. During these years, she also served as the Trip Chairman for 7 music department trips to various destinations, including Orlando, Norfolk, Toronto, Chicago and Myrtle Beach. In 2006, Cindy joined Underwood Travel Associates to continue working with student groups. In 2009, 2012, and 2015, she coordinated travel of over 500 students, parents and coaches to Belgium and Italy for the Baton Twirling World Championships.

Travel Consultants

Francis Nesta

Francis Nesta brings a 42 year career in music education to the CMT team. As an educator in the Keystone School District, he served his students at elementary, junior high, and senior high levels in both instrumental and choral settings. He also was the advisor to the senior class and National Honor Society where his organizational skills were put to good use planning fund raising, conducting service projects, and managing graduation exercises. During the 33 years spent in the secondary school, he planned trips to NYC, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and Cleveland. In addition to arranging transportation, lodging and meals, these trips usually combined performance opportunities, tours of art and science museums and other attractions, Broadway caliber shows, recreational activities, historical sites, college campus tours, and a lot of walking. Students and parents benefitted from time spent on the streets of these cities, getting a feel for different neighborhoods and for the immensity of these prominent metropolitan environments.

Mr. Nesta was professionally involved outside of school as a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. He served as President of PMEA District 3 twice and was elected as PMEA State President, serving from 2009-10. He received the PMEA Citation of Excellence Award for District 3 and was recently inducted into the PMEA Hall of Fame. He is also a charter member of the National State Teachers of the Year – PA Chapter, being named a finalist for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year in 1996. He currently holds the position of Executive Director in that organization.

Nevin Saylor

Nevin brings 35 years of music pedagogy and student travel experience to Choice Music Tours. Nevin has been an active participant in both PMEA and IAJE for many years. He is a former president of PMEA District 3 and Region II. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has also done graduate work in jazz pedagogy at the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. As a performer Nevin has played in the Tommy Phillips Orchestra, Pittsburgh Jazz Society Big Band, Bill Carmichael Big Band, the jazz orchestra for the tour of Chita Rivera, and Standard Time Jazz Quintet.

He began his teaching career in 1981 in Pittsburgh where he directed the Churchill High School Jazz Ensemble. His next position was the graduate assistantship for the IUP Marching Band under the direction of Dr. Charles Casavant. Following that he was director of bands at Bedford High School. He has taught the last 30 years in the Indiana Area School District where he has taught Junior High band, chorus, orchestra and jazz band as well as Senior High marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band and jazz ensemble. In 1996 he began the Indiana Area School District jazz artist in residence program.

Nevin’s trip planning logistics have taken his groups to yearly destinations. His marching bands have made multiple appearances at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Fiesta Bowl Parade, and several Disney World Parades. The Indiana Band also marched in the Citrus and Orange Bowl Parades in Florida as well as the Azalea and Cherry Blossom Parades in the DC area. His jazz ensembles have performed in many festivals including PMEA State Conventions in Philadelphia and Hershey, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag, Netherlands and a tour of southeastern Australia with numerous performances in the Melbourne area. Nevin has taken other student groups to Toronto, Cleveland, Manhattan and New Orleans.

Tour Consultant

David Haines

David recently retired as a teacher after 22 years from the McGuffey School District where in addition to serving as the high school Band Director, he taught all instrumental ensembles as well as music theory, music appreciation and electronic music and digital recording. David previously served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association and is a present member of the McGuffey Board of School Directors.

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