Small Enough to Care, Yet Big Enough to Make a Difference

A proven leader in group travel, our expert staff custom designs each tour to include beautiful and historic sites, excellent accommodations, comprehensive sightseeing, exciting and educational experiences, a few extra surprises and a great deal of fun. We listen to your needs, budget and objectives to create your program’s once-in-a-lifetime event.

Grueninger Music Tours (GMT) is an independent division of the Grueninger Travel Group, which has provided group travel experiences since 1954. We are members of the National Tour Association (NTA), which is not only an honor, it’s an advantage. The NTA membership gives us the purchase power of a global conglomerate, but as a family-owned and operated business, we understand and care about your group’s needs. As a preferred supplier, we have long-term, contractual relationships with major airlines, hotels and attractions and receive discounted rates and preferential treatment. We’re also members of the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA), Texas Band Masters Association, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Ensemble, and Cruise Line International Association (CLIA).

Although Grueninger Music Tours is at the heart of our business, other divisions focus on leisure travel and incentive meetings and events. Clients include the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), Ryland Homes, Angie’s List, Indiana University Alumni Association, Notre Dame Alumni Association, Ohio State Alumni Association, the Indianapolis Colts Association, Indianapolis Racing League, Indiana Pacers, Coca Cola Indianapolis Distribution, Marsh Supermarkets, and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, to name a few.

 

Your Team

Othmar Grueninger, Chairman
A native of the Black Forest, Germany, Othmar Grueninger started arranging student tours to Europe while studying at DePauw University. He launched a full-service business in 1956 and branch offices around the state quickly followed, making him the largest tour operator in the state.

Michael Grueninger, President
Michael joined his father’s business full-time in 1991 in sales and marketing, after more than two years with Holland America Westours. Michael was instrumental in the development of Grueninger Tours’ Music division and has personally managed more than 60 bands to the major bowl games.

James DiBlasio, Director of Sales
James has managed and directed Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tours, Rose Parade tours, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade programs in Dublin, Ireland. He brings over twenty years travel and tourism experience to GMT. His background also includes senior product development, corporate incentive sales and marketing coordination for large group and religious travel packages.

Greg Caples, Sr. Business Development Manager
A team member of GMT for 20 years, Greg serves as the primary program designer and manager for the annual King Kamehameha parade in Honolulu. Greg is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, and is the senior business development manager for the Midwest region. He is an avid University of Michigan sports aficionado.

Chris Richards, Business Development Manager
Before joining GMT in 2005, Chris served as a middle and high school music educator for 13 years. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and his masters in music/percussion performance from Indiana University. He has managed Rose Parade and Macy’s Parade programs, and is GMT’s lead manager for performance and educational trips to New York City, Washington DC, and Orlando, Florida.

Diana Hook, Director of Operations
Diana Hook joined GMT in 2006 bringing 25 years of travel industry experience to the team. Diana owned her own travel agency for 17 years. Currently, she oversees operations of the Grueninger/Ambassadair Groups and Incentives division.

Carole Greenawald, Account Executive
Carole joined GMT full time in 2005. She handles operations for the Rose Parade and has directed many Rose Parade tours. A former middle school principal, Carole brings many years experience and expertise working with students to GMT.

Katharine Cox, Account Executive
Katharine joined Grueninger in January of 2007 and has since operated many successful GMT programs. In addition to operating the tours, Katharine has also traveled with groups across the United States and to the Caribbean. Prior to joining Grueninger, Katharine spend six years as a Program Coordinator at the Indianapolis Senior Center.

Betsy Long, Product Development Specialist
Betsy brings many years of experience in the hotel industry and international travel planner. She has worked for GMT since 2016 and brings a wealth of knowledge in the coordination of trips.

Ali Judd, Senior Graphic Designer
Ali creates all the graphics for the student tours from travel booklets to bus signs and luggage tags. Most recently, she had the opportunity to design and create the theme and logo for the Northwest Pacific Intercollegiate Marching Band programs.
 

 
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