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November 14, 2020

The 3rd Release of the study came out today. One of the key findings in the preliminary study is that playing woodwind and brass instruments with a mask and using a bell cover is equal to talking (reading level) with a mask. 

Here is the link to the 3rd release of the s...

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 20, 2020

Whether in marching band, concert band, or jazz band, you may have performed one of Paul Murtha's compositions. Recently retired from composing and arranging for one of the best band organizations on the planet, I was able to talk with Paul about his journey which led...

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...

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...

May 5, 2018

The 18th Century was an exciting time!

In America we saw the birth of a nation built on the ideas of rugged individualism.  Figures like John Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin shaped the future with ideas of freedom and liberty.  Religion...

January 15, 2018

Today we celebrate the life of one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have always been amazed by the life of Dr. King. 

He was strong yet peaceful. 

He was articulate yet concise. 

He was charismatic yet thoughtful. 

Dr. King...

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 6, 2017


This past weekend, I and the other conductors of the Rappahannock Youth Symphony took our students to a local bookstore and played Christmas carols for the shoppers. It was one of the most well-received outings by the ensemble. Customers made it a point to come and s...

October 9, 2017


I never get tired of listening to, performing or studying the music of Percy Grainger!  

I remember the first time I programmed a piece written by Percy Grainger with my band at King George High School (VA). It was Bainum's arrangement of Australian Up-Country Tune. T...

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