Derek Herrmann

Travel Designer

From a young age, music greatly impacted Herrmann’s life. He started on piano at the age of five and later picked up the trombone in middle school. Derek’s marching band career began in the 7th grade when he joined the Mater Dei HS (IN) Marching Band in Evansville, Ind., where he later served as drum major for three years. In college, he spent two years in the Ball State University Pride of Mid-America Marching Band and one year in the Purdue All-American Marching Band. Derek actually joined the inaugural Bands of America Honor Band for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, an ED/MTC-led trip.

Herrmann played with the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for five years. Always willing to help out where needed, he also played oboe and mallet percussion in multiple ensembles. After a 10-year hiatus from performing, Derek joined the Bloomington (IN) Community Band and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music All-Campus Band. He now performs with the Pride of Indy Bands.

In addition to music, travel is one of Herrmann’s passions. The first airplane he ever boarded was a 13-hour flight to Tokyo, Japan. He later joined the inaugural Bands of America Honor Band for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., an ED/MTC-led trip. He also performed with Purdue at the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla. During a study abroad trip evaluating tourism of Central Europe, he traveled to six countries and still calls Vienna, Austria his favorite city in the world.

Derek earned a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University and a Masters of Public Health from Indiana University-Bloomington. Having worked in eight states spanning California to Maine, he is excited to bring his extensive experience in hospitality, event management and retail into his role with Educational Destinations/Music Travel Consultants and create once in a lifetime trips for the next generation of performing artists. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, grilling, playing competitive volleyball and throwing a frisbee for his German Shepherd, Hans Peter.