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 …

Summer Recharge Plan

School is out but, before you know it, you will be return to the office in preparation for marching band. It is important to take time away and recharge the mind and body over the summer. Recharging the musical soul is just as important. Here are some ways to prepare yourself and grow musically while …

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 …

Less conversation, more action

It may be late in the year, but there are still many things to learn and work on. Everything that happens in April and May not only finishes the growth and success for the year, but sets the ensemble up for the future. It is also a great time of the year to grow as …