“Thank you so much for an amazing tour and all of the work you put in to ensure everything went smoothly. I truly appreciate it and had a wonderful time”

Erin Susko

Gary Fink,

Where do I even begin to thank you for such an incredible trip to Europe? From the months of preparation, to forming everlasting friendships, I went on an amazing adventure that I will never forget, to places that I never dreamed of visiting!

You do so much for this organization and everyone truly appreciates your time, hard work and passion for music.

Still to this day, I haven’t shown my pictures to my family from AMA because there are just too many! I will get to that eventually…

To think that we visited five different countries, traveled up rivers and down mountains, ate some interesting food and became a huge family with one another, it was an experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Thank you for making my last full summer on of the best ones EVER!!!


Brooke Maskin

Mr. Fink,

I cannot begin to describe to you how much of an impact this trip has had on my life. As I continue to reflect on the past few weeks, I’m realizing more and more how much this experience has truly changed me as a person.

Surprising as it may be, I actually sat in my room each night after bed check and thought about how hard it must’ve been to arrange each day for us. Because of the staff’s meticulous attention to detail, I was able to get the absolute best out of every day.

From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to express how truly thankful I am towards you and the other chaperones for creating such an incredible and smoothly run trip for me. I feel so blessed to have been instilled with the knowledge and lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I went into this trip a spoiled brat, and left the most appreciative I’ve ever been.

For many reasons, Europe was the most eye opening experience I’ve ever had. I will never forget it, and for that, again, I thank you.

My most thankful regards,

Rachel Shaver

I just wanted to send you a great big THANK YOU…. for all that you did for the AMA Red Tour!!! Scot had an absolutely fabulous time! He made so many new friends. He’s already talking about doing it again! His appreciation for playing trombone has certainly escalated (something I didn’t think would happen). He wanted to join the Marching Band, but Mr. Z doesn’t allow trombones. His AMA experience has encouraged him to learn a new instrument…. just so he can participate in marching band. You can’t imagine how happy that makes me and my husband. Again, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you! Sincerely,

Nancy & Craig Policastro

I wanted to tell you just how thankful I am to have been a part of such an amazing experience and have gotten to meet such a wonderful staff. Everyone was kind and willing to help with anything. I’ve grown as a musician in many ways and as a person in even more ways. I owe that to you and all of the staff and especially to those who were kind enough to open their countries to us Americans. I can never thank you enough, and I hope one day if I excel in music I can come back to the Red Tour. Again thank you for all you have opened me up to and I hope all the fishing is going well!

Christina Mihalik


I just wanted to thank you for all you did to make the AMA Red Tour a success. Your dedication does not go unnoticed. The opportunity and experience that AMA offers is 2nd to none.

Thanks Again,

Catherine Beirne

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Head Director

Gary Fink

Symphonic Band Directors

Dan Miller
Taylor Rehe
Jennifer Pham

Concert Choir Directors

Graham Terry
Holden Maiorana
Emily Obenauer

String Orchestra Directors

Dave Beck
Eileen Miller

Jazz Band Directors

Gary Fink
Alex Miller