Wind Conductor


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...

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 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...

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...

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 24, 2020

I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. John Rine Zabanal, Assistant Professor of Strings Education at VanderCook College of Music, about remote teaching for performance-based music classrooms. We had an open and candid conversation about the impact of the Covid-19 pand...

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...

February 26, 2020

I met Cami in 2017 when she asked me to put together an itinerary for the nationally recognized, award-winning music program at Foxboro High School (MA) to travel to Australia. She told me how the music department had hosted the jazz ensemble from the Hale School in Pe...

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...

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