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 …

Taking a lesson from Jake Arrieta

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs. I have been watching them play baseball since the mid-1980s, which means I have experience the roller coaster ride of the “Lovable Losers.” I have seen players come and go, heard Harry Carey talk about hats and beer, and watched the …

Center of the wheel

Balance is a hard concept to achieve in many activities in which we participate, yet is one of the most important. A car that has unbalanced tires will shake while traveling down the interstate. If untreated, this will lead to greater tire wear and reduced fuel economy, costing more time and money. If there is …

Overwriting 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 …

Why should I march 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. …