‘The System’ is ideal marching band text

When teaching or coaching any activity, proper resource selection is crucial. For marching band, no resource is as thorough than “The System” by Gary Smith. Recently, I received a copy of Gary Smith’s The System in exchange for writing this review.  The opinions expressed are my own. When you wish to perform well in your craft, you …

Classification System: Time for a Change?

Classification systems for marching contests are never the same from event to event. Some contests organize be the number of performers in the woodwind, brass, and percussion. Others use the total number of performers on the field. And still others classify solely on the size of the student population at the school. In some states, …

Band Directing: A Family Affair

Truth: The life of a band director is very similar to that of an athletic coach (because, marching band is a sport, right?). Think about it for a few minutes. Getting a group of students to work together and perform complex techniques. Coordinating band uniform and equipment needs. Daily practices in preparation for a performance. …

Recruiting in 2016: Something old, something new

Recruiting in 2016 can be one of the most difficult tasks for college band directors. While there are several events directors attend in which they can meet prospective students, finding a variety of ways to keep your program in the mind of these students is important. Many directors are being creative in accomplishing this task, …

Friend-raise before you fundraise

Cheese and sausage. Fruit, especially oranges. Cheesecakes. Car Washes. Concessions at athletic events. Magazines. Craft festivals. What do all of these things have in common? They are fund-raisers that every band director has either done or considered. We know these events are required in order to supplement the programs in which we work, but how …