Lee Lafleur

Festival Director

1-800-872-3378

lee@usafest.org

I Love PAC and what we do! After all, student trips are all about making memories.

Much of my role at PAC is "behind the scenes" assisting with marketing, social media, video production, photography, the Rose and Macy’s Parades, and special projects. My love of travel, music, and the photographic arts makes Performing Arts Consultants my perfect "home" and I so enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with the student groups I escort as well.

While traveling extensively for work prior to PAC (80-100 days year/35 years), and now much more for pleasure, there's not 5% of US Cities with a commercial airport that I haven't flown to, nor adjacent areas I haven't explored over the years. I love travel, sharing my travel knowledge, and take tremendous pride in the many places and Countries I've been privileged to experience, and the people/travel knowledge I've gained.

I play woodwinds in two community bands, an adult marching band, plus a "Holiday" wind ensemble, and have significantly contributed in leadership rolls to each. For twenty-years I've been part of the 400-plus piece Awesome Original Second Time Arounders Marching Band from St. Petersburg, Florida, have served on their board for at least twelve years, and as their trip/travel coordinator for most of those. It is here I first met PAC, over a decade ago, as they championed many of this band's performance trips traveling to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (twice), the Calgary Stampede, Seattle Seafair, the Portland Rose Parade, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin Ireland (twice), the San Antonio Fiesta Parade (twice), the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington DC; plus many, many more.

At home I founded and champion the "Pinellas Festival of Community Bands" (now in its fifth year), produce the "Holiday Spectacular" in St. Petersburg featuring the 80-piece Second Winds Wind Ensemble assembled for the occasion, and serve as Vice-Chairman of the Dunedin Music Society dedicated to presenting "live music" in this Florida community. For 2022 I started the Florida Symphonic Winds from among the area’s dozen or more bands, that will tour Austria and Germany in the Summer of 2022. I remain a "band geek" in every positive sense of this phrase and love to fly and travel with my airline employee wife Stephanie.

Make your student's travel memories good ones. Select PAC for your band, choir, orchestra, or dance trips! I’d love to help you!

Favorite travel destination:

Croatia and the Mediterranean. Key West. San Diego!

When traveling I absolutely must haveā€¦

Laptop. Cameras (plural) other than my cell phone. "Emergency" candy!

Best advice first time traveler:

It's a big world out there. Travel-it; don't be nervous or afraid!