Peak Performance Tours: Building an unforgettable group journey

by Tianna G. Hansen

When planning a group trip, leaving the details to professionals allows you to enjoy the most out of your experience without worry.

Peak Performance Tours is celebrating their 20th year in business doing just that – taking care of the details and allowing groups to enjoy their trips and make lifelong memories.

While they will work on any group tour you can think of, Peak Performance Tours (PPT) specializes in school trips, in particular high school band, choir and orchestra.

They also offer middle school one-day tours into destinations such as New York and Baltimore. PPT has scheduled trips for groups all across the United States and has an international presence planning and scheduling trips abroad.

Recently, New Hope-Solebury High School traveled to Italy and performed at the Vatican and in churches and festivals while immersed in the Italian culture.

“These trips are a really exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience for us and the groups,” says Bruce Rickert, President of PPT.

For musical groups, PPT loves to give younger musicians the opportunity to perform on a large stage and work with a professional musician.

“We bring in a conductor to work with the group for 90 minutes.”

This offers a learning experience as well as an opportunity to see what it’s like to perform on a larger stage such as at Symphony Halls.

In the past, groups have performed in places such as Boston Symphony Hall and more. Next year promises an even wider reach, with local school tours scheduled in China.

PPT is always open to exploring new territory and providing the very best experience for your group trip.

Another thing that sets PPT apart from other organizations is they schedule all of the performances and are the host for the Empire State Building.

“We are a resource for tours and choirs all over the country to be able to perform in the lobby of the Empire State Building,” Bruce says.

On all of their trips, PPT has someone who travels with the groups to focus on safety and security.

“To be prepared for the unexpected helps in the event of any occurrence. We go above and beyond to ensure our clients are well taken care of and safe in whatever environment their tour is.”

This is especially important on trips abroad in an unfamiliar country. Group tours aren’t limited to one area, and the vision of PPT stretches far.

Broadway Fest is their summer program featuring a trip into New York with performance clinics.

“It’s an easy and inexpensive way to get the musical aspect and see a Broadway show all in one,” Bruce says.

This summer, PPT will also be hosting a program every Wednesday in July and August for the first time offering all interested Bucks County kids the opportunity to attend.

This features a Broadway show and clinic for whoever wants to join in the experience.

PPT maintains a large local Bucks County presence and supports the local community. Every year they sponsor auditions for district bands and orchestras and they sponsor the Bucks County Music Educators Association (BCMEA) and their programs, often providing breakfast and lunch to directors and those who are auditioning.

“We love to sponsor the arts in the area as well as beyond the local reach.”

Clients aren’t limited to local service, either – they have numerous international customers as well as clients who have been working with them for years located as far as Arizona.

Find out more at or call 800-220-0165 for more information or to schedule your group tour and leave the details to the professionals.

PHOTO CAP: New Hope-Solebury High School Choir sings in St. Basilica in Vatican City