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
If you are a teacher in a public school, chances are your year is winding down and you can see the end in sight. You are thinking… FREEDOM!!! Or maybe you are thinking the title of this post. I survived another year! This time of year your concerts are over, and your room is about
Let’s start with three definitions according to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: Critic: 1. a: one who expressed a reasoned opinion on any matter especially involving a judgment of its value, truth, righteousness, beauty or technique. b: one who engages often professionally in the analysis, evaluation, or appreciation of works of art or artistic performances. 2.