January is a good month for a college professor, and where I teach we don’t start our semester until the very end of the month. This give me time to guest conduct, do clinics, study scores, update my courses, and ski! This year the goal was to take it a little easier than normal and I did
After a few days of recovery, I decided to look at what happened in Chicago. What are the most important things I came away from Chicago with?
I left New Hampshire on Friday night, cats in tow on the way to my parents house. It was time for my yearly trek to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, with stops in RI (to drop of the cats at their island home), and in Indiana for some time with my sister and her family.
The most important thing we can do as educators is continue learning! As music educators and conductors we should work to better ourselves in both areas and find time to learn new concepts in both areas. If we stop learning, we won’t be effective teachers. Here is a far from complete list of things we
Well, my concert was on October 30 and I started writing this the very next morning, but thanks to 200 plus honor band nominations and, let’s be honest, poor planning on my part, I had to put this aside. But pretend you are reading this on Halloween. Trick-or-treat!! The concerts over and a few things
It is 2008 and I just got off stage after what I thought was an incredible performance by the band at Southern Utah University. I congratulated all of the students and was patting my own back for the wonderful job I did, when the very first audience member to greet me said something that would
This is a question that creeps in to my mind from time to time, and I never really have had a good answer. What is my duty to the band world? The following flood my mind when this happens (in no particular order): Educate my students and prepare them to not only be musicians, but
The summer is finally upon me, with what little is left of it! The school year ended, the insanity that is the Newport Music Festival is over, the New England Band Directors Institute went off well thanks to all involved in running it, and the Seacoast Wind Ensemble performed their last concert last night with
I just finished coordinating the New England Band Directors Institute at Plymouth State University (NEBDI). I can tell you it was an incredible experience for me on a few different levels. To have my DMA teacher there as one of the clinicians was both a bit intimidating, and also very enlightening and humbling. If you
I just returned from a great weekend camping outside of Freeport, Maine. Now I will admit, I was in that area to conduct the Seacoast Wind Ensemble at R.B. Hall Days. Band directors, if you don’t know who R.B. Hall is, look him up! The performance was about 40 minutes of the day so the rest