Missed Cues: Two ways we miscommunicate in rehearsals.

As conductors, we are tasked with communicating the written score to an audience through our ensembles. Here are two habits in rehearsals we can break. It is not the easiest of tasks. Conductors take music in its written form and ask musicians to create and combine sounds in order to breath life into ink. To …

The Ensemble Director’s Snow Day Survival Guide

They are the most exciting and terrifying words for teachers across the nation: Snow Day. Here is how you can make the most of the missed time. We are in the midst of a nationwide epidemic. Snow and ice forced thousands of school districts to close their doors in the name of safety for students …

One change leads to more expressive conducting

Old habits die hard, but one slight change in conducting position can make a huge difference. I will be honest: there are several things I could adjust in my conducting technique. Before I spent time working on the ways I moved my arms while in front of an ensemble, I thought my performance was adequate. …

Conducting: Top Ten compositions for Concert Winds

A conversation between of friend of mine and I circled around pieces we enjoyed conducting. We soon discussed out top ten works for winds. Of course, this becomes a controversial subject to many conductors. Arguments rage over what pieces are worth the time and effort, and only doing certain works really matter. We all have …

Concert Band Repertoire Programming

While many directors have a handle on the current trends for marching band, many still program their concert band selections in an “old school” way. A simple concept can improve programming for your ensemble. Summertime and the living is easy. Well, maybe for some but not for most band directors. They are busy preparing for …