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After Hours:  A podcast for band directors, orchestra directors, and other music educators

After Hours:  Conversations for Music Educators is a music education podcast from Amro Music Stores, Inc. Our After Hours podcast host, Nick Averwater, facilitates engaging conversations each week with band directors, private music teachers, general music educators, orchestra directors, and other music industry professionals just like you. Each podcast guest shares practical advice on things like classroom management in your band program, placing beginners on instruments, band and orchestra recruitment strategies, band boosters, fundraising, and more.

The goal of After Hours is to provide a podcast for band directors, orchestra directors, and music educators with strategies for both "on-podium" and “off-podium” skills that can help create a school music program that you can be proud of. If you can't find what you're looking for in our current episodes, we'd love to hear from you! Send us an email with questions or topics you'd like to see addressed in the podcast. 

Did you know we were recently featured in the Top 25 Music Education Podcasts by Feedspot? Check out the article here.

 

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Category: Director Spotlight

Directing The Band Program At One Of Mississippi's Largest High Schools

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Chuck Reynolds, Director of Bands at  Madison Central High School  in Madison, MS, a city of around 25,000 located just north of Jackson. Chuck talks about working in a program with seven band directors in what was once the largest high school in the state, and we'll learn more about the process that takes place when it's time to add a new member to the team of music... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, February 18, 2022
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Back To The Classroom After Two Years As A Fine Arts Administrator

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with David Aydelott, Band Director at  Siegel High School  in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a city of around 150,000 people which is also the home of  Middle Tennessee State University . From 1992 to 2019, David was Director of Bands at four different schools in Tennessee. Then in 2019 he began serving in an administrative role as Director of Fine Arts for  Williamson County Schools , a district... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, February 10, 2022
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The Importance of Collaboration Between Different Artistic Disciplines Within A School

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with David Aydelott, Director of Bands at  Siegel High School  in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the sixth largest city in the state with a population of just over 150,000, located 35 miles southeast of Nashville. David talks about the lessons he learned as a school administrator that have made him a more effective band director, the importance of collaboration between different... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, January 29, 2022
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The Gibson County Mass Band's Journey to the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Jeremy Tate from  Gibson County High School  in Dyer, Tennessee. We'll learn about the long journey to performing in the 2022  Tournament of Roses Parade  for the Gibson County Mass Band, which is made up of musicians from five high schools in this rural part of northwest Tennessee.  You can see the band performing at the Tournament of Roses Parade here.   Podcast Guest Jeremy Tate... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, January 21, 2022
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Creative Ways To Build Community Support For A Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater continues his conversation with  John Easley , who has been an Educational Representative for  Amro Music  for the last five years, but was a band director in several school districts in northwest Tennessee, including over three decades in  Union City , a town of around 11,000 people.  They'll be talking about creative ways of building support for a band program in a small, rural community, the challenges that... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, January 7, 2022
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Want to Grow your Band Program? Having Fun (and Patience) Will Help

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with  John Easley , who is now an Educational Representative for Amro Music, but for over three decades was a band director in several school districts in northwest Tennessee. Most of his time as a music educator was spent in  Union City , a town of around 11,000 people. They'll be talking about John's early days as a band director, the value of having patience when growing a band program, and more. Our... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, December 31, 2021
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Making the Most Of A Band With Just A Few Musicians

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Charles Page, Band Director at  Valley View High School  in northeastern Arkansas. Prior to his current position he was Band Director in the  Buffalo Island School District , which is a much smaller district in the same part of the state.  In this conversation, Dr. Page talks about the musical challenges associated with directing a small band with just a few... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Saturday, November 27, 2021
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Defining Expectations for Student Leaders at Mississippi State University

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater continues his conversation about student leadership with  Dr. Craig Aarhus , Associate Director of Bands at  Mississippi State University  in Starkville. This conversation was recorded September 28th, 2021, and is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part two.   Podcast Guests Dr. Craig Aarhus Dr. Craig Aarhus is Associate Director of Bands and Associate... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 29, 2021
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At Mississippi State University, Student Leaders Are A Big Part Of The Band's Success

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with  Dr. Craig Aarhus , Associate Director of Bands at  Mississippi State University . Identifying and empowering student leaders has been a big part of the band program's success, and we'll learn more about that, as well as find out more about some of Dr. Aarhus' early influences as a band director. Our conversation is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part one.... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 22, 2021
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Starting, And Growing, A Successful Publishing Company

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Randall Standridge, a former public school band director, and a very busy and widely-published composer, running his own production company,  Randall Standridge Music . This week, we'll learn more about the business, and creative, aspects of composing and publishing. We'll also get Randall's thoughts about the importance of inclusivity in the band... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, October 1, 2021
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The Importance of Practicing Correctly

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with  Randall Standridge . Randall is best-known as a highly respected composer and arranger, but he was also a band director for many years. We'll learn about his early career working in a  rural public school district , his techniques for teaching students how to practice the right way, and more. Our conversation is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part one.  ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, September 24, 2021
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Directing Band Across a Wide Spectrum of Socio-Economic Groups. What's Different? What's the Same?

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Randy Box, the Director of Bands at  West Memphis High School  in West Memphis, Arkansas. Randy talks about the differences, and similarities, between being a band director in an affluent school district versus one with it's share of economic challenges. He also talks about what advice he would give himself if he could go back to 1978 when he started his... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, July 16, 2021
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