Mr. Fink – I have been meaning to send this note of thanks since our daughter, Kylie Podeswa, returned from the Europe trip last month. We appreciate all the planning and coordination that you did to make the trip such a huge success. Kylie thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we are forever grateful to you, and all the other folks, who gave the kids such wonderful memories. We enjoyed your Facebook posts and pictures nightly, and were comforted knowing that our child was safe and happy while away from home. We were so impressed by the concerts that Kylie was able to be a part of, and all the preparation that it took, to accomplish this. Again, thank you for all your efforts in making this trip so special!!

Teresa Schehr & Chris Podeswa

Hi Mr. Fink,

I hope that this e-mail finds you well. I wanted to once again thank you, all chaperones – teachers, band directors, etc. for taking our children on such a wonderful adventure! My daughter Justina had such a wonderful time and met some dear friends in the process and isn’t that the way it should be? Sincerely,

Elizabeth Staniulis

Dear Mr. Fink, Mr. Beck, and The AMA Red Tour Staff,

This tour was one of the best experiences of my life; as I met new friends and made great music. Over the course of these three weeks, I learned and grew so much as a person. I would like to thank you all of this experience, it was an amazing and life changing trip.


Katie Latter

Dear Mr Fink and the rest of the AMA Staff,

This tour has done so much for me and I want to thank you for the experience. I have made friends for a lifetime and have even rediscovered music. I plan on trying out for the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra and am doing that instead of soccer my senior year. This tour has made me fall back in love with my first love. Once again thank you so much for this opportunity. Many Regards,

Hannah Weyrauch

Mr. Fink, My experience at AMA was one of, if not THE best experience I’ve ever had in my life. You and the staff did an amazing job keeping everything in order. I enjoyed having you so much as our head director. Thank you for this amazing opportunity and experience that you have shared with me. Yours truly,

Abhishek Allaka

Mr. Fink,   Emily had a wonderful experience with your tour and we all would like to thank you for your hard work and efforts to make this happen for so many young adults.

Diane and Peter Beckwermert

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