Take it Easy, Band

The following is a recent post from The Jazz Chief Blog, the personal blog of Chief Warrant Officer William McCulloch, Director of the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field…

Upgrade Your Boosters

The school year is well under way. You’re busy teaching music to your students. It’s easy to forget that decisions on next year’s school budgets are coming up. If you…

You Can Begin Again

The secret to success in any field may be getting up one more time than you’re knocked down. Mary Ellen Cohn, executive director of the Maryland Music Educators Association, was…

Aspire to Soar with the Eagles

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. What is it that makes a truly great teacher? How can all that aspire to be great teachers…

Are You Retaining?

Many hours are spent recruiting students for the school band program, but once you have them, how do you keep them? Many teachers have tips for successful retention, but there…

Transitions – Band Camp to School Year

Work smart, not hard The beginning of the school year means the unfortunate departure of twelve hour summer band rehearsals. The average band director has more to accomplish, and less…

Women's Bands Paved the Way for Today's Musicians

In the September 2008 Music Educators Journal  is an article by Jill M. Sullivan, “A Century of Women’s Bands in America.”  Covering the period from the 1870s through the 1970s, the article contains…

10 Quick Tips for a Successful Band Camp

Band camp is a great time to build community, establish operating procedures, and set the tone for the entire marching band season. Here are some tips to make yours most…