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  • Planning a Concert

    Planning a concert is something that every band and chorus teacher has to do. For the most part, your university education doesn’t prepare you for what needs to be done. What follows is my approach to concerts that I have developed over the last 30+ years. When and where You want to do a concert,…

  • Buying a new car

    I hate buying a new car. But, unfortunately, a car isn’t going to last forever. So, at some point you’ve got to plunge into the car market. That is where I found myself for the past several months. Which car? The first thing to figure out is what car you want. Our last car was…

  • Marching arts in decline?

    Are the marching arts in decline? On April 2nd, DCI’s Cadets announced that they have filed for bankruptcy. 90 years of excellence could not save them from financial insolvency. The Cadets fall was hastened by the actions of their long time director, George Hopkins. There are stories online that you can read to get a…

  • 1985 Inaugural Band

    I had the honor of participating in the 1985 Inaugural Band. The band consisted of students from around the country and was assembled for Ronald Reagan‘s 1985 inaugural celebration. Winter of 1984 I was in my second year of college at James Madison University (JMU). Marching band was one of my great loves. So, when…

  • Teaching Sight reading

    Teaching sight reading is an invaluable skill for band directors that can be learned. What follows is a systematic approach to improve your ensemble. Tone production If your tone production is poor then your sight reading ability will be irrelevant. Work on long tones and lip slurs every day. Matt Harloff‘s Inside the Circle warm…