Chamber music may be the key to improving your ensemble

Ensemble directors often look for ways to improve their students’ performance. Chamber music may just be what they need. And there are plenty of options. We all want our ensembles to perform better, right? Of course! Whether it is through the use of technology – such as Tonal Energy (highly recommend!) – or finding new …

Marching Band: Three words we dread hearing

Three simple words. A short phrase we hear all the time in marching band. We hate it, especially when it is the one last time. October is done. The marching band season is drawing to an end for many participants across the nation. Sure, there are still some contests and games left, but for all …

Music Education: Are we doing enough to encourage women educators?

The stats do not lie: men dominate music education roles in the secondary and collegiate levels. I, for one, do not like that. It is an interesting situation. In a world in which we discuss equality, we still miss the mark is music education. Over the years, studies and research from across the United States …

Repertoire: Five current composers whose music you should be playing

The repertoire within the world of wind bands is ever-growing. With this new literature, comes new composers and new conducting opportunities. We all know the standards. Holst Suite in E-flat, Vaughan Williams English Folksong Suite. Vincent Persichetti’s wonderful library of works. Or that of Frank Ticheli. The depth of works within the wind band repertoire …

Conducting: Top Ten compositions for Concert Winds

A conversation between of friend of mine and I circled around pieces we enjoyed conducting. We soon discussed out top ten works for winds. Of course, this becomes a controversial subject to many conductors. Arguments rage over what pieces are worth the time and effort, and only doing certain works really matter. We all have …