Marching Band: Electronics can hurt your performance

The use of electronics in marching band is nothing new, but can do more harm than good.¬†Here are some things to consider when using this resource. Drum Corps International wrapped up its season last night with World Class Finals. As fans watched around the world, one thing became clear: electronics in marching band are here …

Music Education: Let the Beginner you join the fun

When we started the process to be a musician, it started with excitement. What happened to it? It is time to bring it back in music education. Think back to the day you made the decision to participate in band, orchestra, or choir. Reflect on the feeling you had the moment you received your instrument …

Music Education: Why you must recharge over the summer

The school year is over, and with it comes time away from the teaching. Take time to recharge and refresh yourself before next school year. The most joyous time of year has arrived! It is the time when the halls clear, the rooms are cleaned, and the faculty meetings end. Most doors will not be …

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” …

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 …