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...

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 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...

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 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...

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