Student Group Tours to Nashville: Performance and Educational
Nashville is ranked among the friendliest cities in the country, and its Southern hospitality combined with amazing attractions makes Nashville among the top destinations for group travel. With just one visit you’ll quickly see (and hear) why Nashville is known as Music City. During a recent trip my group experienced several of the places that have given Nashville its rich musical heritage.
Located in Nashville’s vibrant downtown is the Ryman Auditorium, known as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” and a former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Music can still be heard on its famous stage, and the list of artists who have graced the Ryman vary from Elvis and Bob Dylan to Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. Student performing ensembles are able to play on the stage with prior approval
The Country Music Hall of Fame, located only 2 blocks from the Ryman, traces the roots and influence of Nashville’s musical legacy through its vast collection of photographs, costumes, instruments and, of course, recordings. The Hall’s “Stories Behind the Songs” session allowed us to interact with a local songwriter and hear the stories behind some of music’s biggest hits!
The star treatment is what Nashville does best, and the Country Music Hall of Fame brings it all together in the “Star for a Day” package. Our group’s experience began with a personally guided tour of Historic RCA Studio B, “Home of 1,000 Hits,” and took us into the heart of Nashville music-making during one of its most exciting periods. To complete the studio experience, our band group participated in an actual recording session standing right where Elvis himself stood to record over 200 songs! After the excitement of touring and recording, our group enjoyed a homestyle barbecue buffet and line-dancing lessons at the world famous Wildhorse Saloon. Everyone was delighted one more time when we heard our “latest hit” over the restaurant’s incredible sound system!
No visit to Nashville is complete without taking in a performance of the Grand Ole Opry, the country’s longest-running radio show. We enjoyed the Opry Backstage Tour where we were able to stand in the artist green room, see the newly renovated artist-themed dressing rooms, and stand on the world famous stage.
History lives at The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson. Exploring the times, challenges and traditions that shaped our young nation at the home of our 7th president was a truly educational experience for our students!
Not only does Nashville have world class attractions and music, it has mouth-watering food! My group dined on some of the best the South has to offer at the Loveless Café. Located in a former roadside motel, “the Loveless” is known for its fried chicken, biscuits, and mouth watering home-made preserves. Our group took the “Iron Skillet Competition” and created our own version of classic Southern dishes. Student groups really enjoy the buffet at the Wild Horse Saloon with a free line dancing lessons.
Planning a group trip to Music City is easy with the staff at the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. For your upcoming group travel plans I highly recommend a trip to Nashville, where the Music is always playing!