Marching Band: Visual Effect a concern? Think musically!

Visual effect can be a challenging area for many marching band directors. However, instead of thinking in visual terms, think musical. It is marching band contest season. Each weekend, bands from across the United States will travel to events in which they will be adjudicated on several different areas. Music performance, music effect, visual performance, …

Ensemble Director: More focus on fundamentals brings higher performance levels

While the focus for ensemble directors is often a long-term goal, regular focus on the fundamentals of playing bring higher levels of performance. The struggle is real. As ensemble directors, we get focused on what pieces to perform for our next concert and want to put together a great program. We try to mix some …

Concert Band: Are we in the Golden Age of Concert Bands?

Progress means change. With all the changes and progress around concert bands, are we living in its golden age? Here are my initial thoughts. When you look through the history of about any thing on the planet, delineations are made based on the period of time. The 1990’s and early 2000’s in baseball are often …

Marching Band: Electronics can hurt your performance

The use of electronics in marching band is nothing new, but can do more harm than good.┬áHere are some things to consider when using this resource. Drum Corps International wrapped up its season last night with World Class Finals. As fans watched around the world, one thing became clear: electronics in marching band are here …

Marching Band: Visually speaking, simple is better

It is DCI Finals Week, which means marching band season for high schools is upon us. While DCI is thrilling to watch, simple is better for most high schools. My fandom for Drum Corp International is long-established through years of viewership. That and the numerous CDs and t-shirts that litter my collections. Sure, it is …