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November 4, 2020

Last night, I went to bed not knowing who the next president will to be.

This morning, I woke up not knowing who the next president will be.

To say 2020 has been a tough year would be the understatement of the Century. The events of last night (and possibly the next seve...

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...

April 13, 2020


Just before everything shut down, I had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite composers, Anne McGinty. As a young band director, I programmed a lot of her music with younger bands. In a small economically challenged district in Virginia, I was grateful for t...

March 12, 2020

In this interview we talk with Steven Hendricks about his career developing a nationally-recognized, award-winning band program at Davis High School (UT). We also talk about the lessons he learned in the process and his new book, Life Lessons in the Band Room.

Be sure t...

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...

December 28, 2017

It’s the New Year!  

The big holidays are behind us. Marching Season seems like a distant past (...ok, maybe not…).  And we are about to return to our bands re-energized and ready for a new challenge. And as we prepare to head back, we are thinking of all the thi...

December 1, 2017

Last week, the Davis High School Marching Band took center stage in one of the most prestigious marching events in the U.S.: the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Each year, up to 60 million people tune in to watch the broadcast and the Macy's Parade has become an import...

November 9, 2017

I recently read a Psalm (it was Psalm 42, if you were wondering) and noticed that it was attributed to "the Sons of Korah".    


Who was Korah?      

And why say the "sons of Korah" and not list the sons names?     

So I resea...

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