Do students carry instruments on plane or bus?
Small instruments (Flutes, Piccolos, Oboes & Clarinets) will be put into your carry-on, carried on as a small item, or packed inside your suitcase for the flight. In Europe, you’ll keep you instrument in your hotel room and will be responsible for bringing it to and from concert venues.
Medium sized instruments (Violins, Violas, Trumpets, Alto Saxophones and Bassoons) will be packed 2-4 instruments together in a cardboard box with bubble wrap for the flight overseas. The boxes are tagged & checked at the baggage area and put under the plane. You can choose to carry one of these instruments as your carry-on, but if it doesn’t fit in the overhead bin (too big or bins are filled) it may end up being put under the plane by itself.
“Larger” instruments are individually tagged & checked at the baggage area and put under the plane.
Once in Europe, medium and large instruments will be transported in a securely locked trailer that is towed behind one of the coaches. You will not need to carry these instruments to your hotel room.