Back in action

Good morning, friends. It has been a long time since my last post on here. The reasons are numerous, but that does not matter. What does matter is that I return to the space where my writing career began just over a year ago. Much has transpired since that time. Learning, trying, struggling, failing, triumph. …

Marching season is over. Now what?

With the calendar changing to November, marching band season in most schools is over. So, now what do you do? Here are four things directors should do once the season is over. It is November. High school football is over for most states, except for playoffs. Marching band state championships are completed, leaving Bands of …

Five ways to make November successful

As the calendar flips to November, the demand on college students gets higher. Making it through this month can be tough. The first semester of the school year is closing. Students at universities and colleges are starting to feel pressure from major projects, papers, and the impending doom of finals lurking over the horizon. Music …

A lesson from the gymnastic coach

Opportunities for learning are everywhere, you just need to watch. I am a blessed man. My family keeps me on my toes and grounded on what matters. My two daughters are very active, which means I play chauffeur often. But it also provides me with a chance to observe the way other people teach or …

The purpose of college marching bands

It is college football season, and nothing adds to the atmosphere like marching bands. But, bands are more than crowd entertainment.  Turn on any college football game on a Saturday afternoon and you will hear the sounds of marching bands filling the air. These bands are filled with young students that participate for various reasons. …