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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

September 21, 2017


I can remember the first Wynton Marsalis recording I ever heard.  

It was an early evening in the spring of 1991 in the band room of Fairfax High School.  I was a junior in high school and the jazz band was not a class. We rehearsed one night a week for a few hours....

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