Which is more important? The score or the score?

Marching band contest season is upon us. Bands from all over the country will travel to festivals or contest and compete against other schools. Judges will provide feedback and (hopefully) thoughts on how the ensemble can improve. Trophies or plaques are handed out and parents will cheer. Some students will be disappointed in the “opinions” …

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 …

Seven Things to do on Your College Visits

Many high school students are starting to plan college visits to schools in which they are interested. While many schools offer tours and standard activities for prospective students, the visits tend to be generic. In order to make the appropriate choice, here are some practices I recommend for students interested in music activities (not just …

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. …