4 Rehearsal Challenges and Ways to Overcome Them

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“We’re smart enough and clever enough to give each other room to live in, to have respect for each other’s personalities.” ~ John Lewis, pianist, Modern Jazz Quartet Unlike when we play or sing in conductor-led ensembles, working in small groups requires us to make shared decisions about what and how we perform. Decision-making comes to a head during […]

The Best Gifts for Musicians

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The Best Gifts for Musicians The holiday season is right around the corner, and we all know what that means- secret santa’s, gift exchanges between friends, family, and co-workers, stocking stuffers, and crowded malls. If you prefer to do your shopping online and from the convenience of your own home, there are plenty of options […]

A Mindfulness Approach to Warm-up for Musicians

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A Mindfulness Approach to Warm-up for Musicians Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way on purpose, in a particular way on purpose, in the present moment and being non-judgmental. Mindfulness includes being aware, curious, observant, being open to the experience and accepting. So you can see that mindfulness has a lot to do with […]

Health Tips for Marching Bands

Health Tips for Marching Bands Putting the right protocols into place will help ensure a winning season for marching band and color guard members as they thrill, excite and motivate fans across the country this fall. Reducing risk of injury is critical and if it should occur we as athletic trainers have the right skills, […]

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Marching Band Lineup

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Musical selections announced for 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marching bands Twelve bands featured in the 2018 Macy’s Parade lineupA fantastic lineup of marching bands will entertain viewers with a wide variety of music during the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade will feature nearly 3,000 band members performing in high school, university, police […]

Six Rockstar & Musician Costumes to Consider This Year

Halloween gives everyone the opportunity to pay homage to their favorite celebrity or musician. In fact, it is really easy to dress up in an incredible costume that will stand above all the usual mix of ghosts and vampires! All you need is your imagination and a few supplies to make it all happen. In […]

When Rival Bands Join Forces

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Sometimes 1 + 1 is greater than 2. When multiple bands join forces—whether permanently or temporarily—synergies develop to create a better experience for students and staff. When the marching bands combine they had many decisions to make—including where to practice and how to combine traditions. The increased opportunities for student and staff collaboration, team-building, and […]

Tips for Parents with Band Kids by Parents with Band Kids!

Here is a great collection of tips from Band parents “who have been there…done that” and are passing the information on to the “new” parents. What tips can you add to this list?   General Tips Thank anyone that you see volunteering. A little gratitude goes a long way. Take your students band letter jacket […]

Why Classical Music for Studying Aids & Supports Better Study Habits

Why Classical Music for Studying Aids & Supports Better Study Habits There is a groundbreaking theory known as The Mozart Effect. It hypothesizes that classical music for studying can improve your spatial-temporal memory. This theory came about when Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis used the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s compositions as stimuli to improve hearing in […]