Wind Conductor


November 15, 2019

Hold on. Take a moment to savor what you’ve already accomplished.

How many performances has band given in the past 3 months?

 > Competitions?

 > Football games?

 > Pep Rallies?

 > That performance to open the new grocery store?

 > Playing for the teachers on their first day...

September 4, 2019

I have to admit, I LOVE Monet.  

I am drawn to the beauty of his paintings.  

One of the things I love most is the lack of definition. I will stare at the Woman with the Parasol and my imagination is on fire…what is she thinking? W...

July 18, 2019

This video is from the 2017 Band Director Summit hosted by Aamano Music. In this video, I interviewed Robbie Spiers.  

Robbie retired last year from Lancaster High School (VA) where he spent his career building a community in his band program.   Lancaster HS i...

July 11, 2019

Re-published from 2014

I recently came across this video featuring Alya Titarenko and Gael Ouisse, two dancers from Cirque du Soleil.  I was amazed at the beauty these two shared in their movements. I was mesmerized by the grace and fluidity with which they anticipated...

February 14, 2019

In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen Covey describes a commute on a train. 

The scene he describes is calm and peaceful as riders are traveling in the city. Some people reading newspapers, others caught in their own thoughts, and some with thei...

January 29, 2019

Rhythm is one of the most basic elements of any music.  An ensemble with poor rhythm skills, we find difficulties not only on the stage of performance but also in sight-reading.  The key to developing a strong program is to place rhythm as a focal of the instrumental c...

December 11, 2018

One of my favorite memories from the classroom is taking my students caroling this time of year. I enlisted the help of the band parents and allowed the band members to sign up for this optional performance opportunity. 

The band parents made the arrangements with their...

November 28, 2018

A good friend of mine has a great fundraiser.

Every year during the holiday season, his band sets up a table in the local mall and they gift wrap for donations. The boosters set up the tables and handle the gift wrapping while his students do what they do best: play mus...

May 30, 2018

I had the pleasure of catching up with Gary last week.  He joined me online while camping in Colorado and between some engagements working with young music educators and promoting his new book, The Spark

I enjoyed getting learn how Gary entered into the band prof...

May 11, 2018

April and May are traditionally the time of year many music programs take their Spring Trip.  It’s the perfect time. Assessment/Festival is behind us, things are winding down, and it’s nice to reward the students with the opportunity to enrich and educate while taking...

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