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 …

Four-step Survival Guide for Freshman Music Majors

The summer is almost over. All over the country young adults are preparing for their first true adventure into independence. They will attend college, live in dorms, play inter-murals sports, and pledge Greek organizations. And some of these people will be music majors. Now, let me be honest, being a music major you will have …

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 …

Leadership Principles

Leadership. The most valuable asset that we as educators and coaches can possess. Over the years, we work to build our skills and create a positive environment. Because we seek to be great leaders,¬†there are six traits that we must constantly be aware of and grow. 1. Put People in Positive Positions When assembling our …

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 …