Wind Conductor


June 22, 2020

Since the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing realization that we have not made the progress in our country that many have thought, I've been struggling to find a meaningful way to address what is happening in our country. It's easy to change your Facebook profile p...

June 8, 2020

Attrition is a concern in any program. Every band director continually develops new ways to engage students and encourage them to continue their studies in music and be a part of the band. However, a growing concern for everyone is how the school closures during the CO...

May 29, 2020

Yesterday I had the opportunity to interview Mickey Smith, Jr., winner of the 2020 Grammy Music Educator Award. With all of my interviews, I walk away gaining nuggets of information. This interview is packed with nuggets.

Through the interview, I discovered exactly why...

May 21, 2020

Composer, Alex Shapiro's music is cutting edge. She is a master at blending live performance and electronic performance. To say the least, she is not intimidated by new technological advancement; in fact ,she embraces it and shapes it into a beautiful or energetic mast...

May 15, 2020

You may not recognize the name Christian Amonson; however, I know you will recognize his work. Christian was a lead recording engineer in Washington DC for the United States Marine Band, The President's Own. One of his last projects was working with the world renowned...

May 12, 2020

I've known Todd Dixon, band director of That Wylie Band (TX), for some time and I have always been impressed with his band. The quality of their ensembles can be seen on the field and in the concert hall.  

I caught up with Todd to talk to him about how the sc...

May 6, 2020

Ed Protzman, band director of the nationally recognized  Mason Band program, spoke with us just as things started closing. I wanted to catch up with him to talk about what they've been doing over the past two months and find out what has been successful. 

Because n...

May 4, 2020

One of the biggest developments during the crisis is the growth of the number Virtual Concert Band projects. We have seen many of these projects highlighted on local and national news broadcasts. But many of you are wondering how feasible this project is and even askin...

April 27, 2020

Last week, I had the opportunity to connect with Tim Hinton (Composer, Arranger, and Host of the outstanding padcast, Marching Roundtable). None of us are sure what the 2020 Marching Season is going to look like. However, one thing is clear: we have to be ready for all...

April 22, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I was researching resources for a middle school band director who was trying find ways to teach young band members in an online setting. That's when I stumbled across Chad Dempsey's YouTube channel, the Hey Band! Network. I watched an excell...

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