The FFFF’s of Band Camp

We have reached the middle of July, and that means band camps are starting around the country. Break out the sunscreen, ear plugs, and Gold Bond! While band camp is crucial to the overall performance success of any ensemble, it is important to remember some¬†fact that lay the foundation during this time. Fundamentals Band camp …

Band Directing: A Family Affair

Truth: The life of a band director is very similar to that of an athletic coach (because, marching band is a sport, right?). Think about it for a few minutes. Getting a group of students to work together and perform complex techniques. Coordinating band uniform and equipment needs. Daily practices in preparation for a performance. …

View from the Judges Box, Part 2: Visual

Part two of the series “View from the Judge’s Box,” brings us to a discussion about visual concerns during performances. While this topic could have several posts just on it’s own, let’s focus on a few concerns that, when addressed thoroughly, will benefit all. Posture and Visual Of course, we have to discuss posture, as …

View from the Judge’s Box, Part 1: Music

Over the past several years, I have served as an adjudicator of marching festivals throughout the southern part of the nation. Through this experience, I have watched hundreds of ensembles and found common concerns in a vast majority of their performances. This series, entitled “View from the Judge’s Box,” is designed to share those common …

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 …