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...

April 27, 2020

Last week, I had the opportunity to connect with Tim Hinton (Composer, Arranger, and Host of the outstanding padcast, Marching Roundtable). None of us are sure what the 2020 Marching Season is going to look like. However, one thing is clear: we have to be ready for all...

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...

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...

September 26, 2017

Grading in the band room can be difficult.  It is not easy to quantify what a band director teaches.

Our instruction time is vastly different from our colleagues in the Math, English, and Science departments.  In those classrooms, students will receive a lot of grades f...

August 14, 2017

Ask any band director in the US and he or she will probably tell you, “I teach the best kids in the school.”  Over my career as an educator, I have been amazed at what my kids have become after graduating and pursuing their dreams.  My classroom has been the youthful s...

August 8, 2017

The warmup  is vital to any physical activity. For marching band, it is crucial!

As you are preparing for the fall Marching Season be sure to develop a routine which will exercise all aspects of the Marching Program.  It is imperative for your warmup routine to include...

May 12, 2017

This time of year, can be very difficult in the band room.  The Spring Concert was a success but there are still a few weeks before the next performance. 
…and it’s graduation. 
… and there are only so many times you can rehearse Pomp and Circumstance.
The g...

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