Integrating Writing with Band: Program Notes

At some point, band directors are asked to embrace a curriculum mandate that is not easily implemented within the teaching style of a band class. When faced with these situations, my personal philosophy is to try to find a way to integrate the mandate in a manner that is relevant to band class, engaging to students and legitimately enhances the music education of the students. Several years ago each department […]


Drum Corps Participation Benefits Marching Bands

Drum Corps and marching bands come in all different shapes, styles, sizes but when it boils down to it most of them share commonalities. Those similarities have less to do with performance and more to do with life skills such as teamwork, commitment, dedication, cooperation, responsibility, time management and perseverance. Having students participate in drum corps can provide some challenges to the high school marching band. Drum corps students may […]


Pop Concerts Make Positive Impacts

Many music departments are looking for new methods to build support, motivate students and improve recruitment and retention. One educational and entertaining way is to perform an annual “Pops Concert.” Carefully selected pops repertoire can provide appropriate learning opportunities for student musicians and allow them to make direct connections to popular music. The “lighter” music will give the student body a reason to rally behind the music program and the […]