Music Education: The Center of the Wheel

It is July. We have reached the final month of summer break and our attention is turning to the school year ahead. Decisions are to be made regarding what music will be performed and which events to attend. Every music education program is unique and faces its own challenges. Most have multiple seasons and ensembles …

Writing for Color Guard (revisited)

Color Guard (or auxiliaries if you wish) is one of the most important and, yet, misused components of a marching ensemble. Many times, this portion of the group is left to fend for themselves creatively or just moved aimlessly around the field. Because of the significance both visually and energetically, Band Directors should show careful …

Pacing Your Marching Band Show

One of my favorite things about marching band shows is the emotional impact they can create. The highs and lows in the performance pull me in and make each performance unique. However, there are several ways these impacts are impeded during the show. Whether it is how the ensemble builds to the impact or the …

Corey’s Commentary Podcast

Yes. You read that correctly. I am starting a podcast. Why? Because I feel as if my experiences in music – well, and life – should be shared. Blog posts are awesome but there is something about the power of the voice. With that, I am proud to introduce to you the “Corey’s Commentary Podcast.” …

Should I do marching band in college?

Congratulations! You are graduating high school and plan on attending college in the fall! Many choices are going to be presented to you and decisions will have to be made. Your major. What classes to take. Which meal plan to select. Who is going to be your roommate and in which dorm will you reside. …