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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

How One Music Educator's Videos Have Been Seen More Than 3.5 Million Times

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with  Tyler Swick , a celebrated and award-winning music educator from  Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary School  in Las Vegas, whose YouTube channel,  Swick's Classroom , has over 14,000 subscribers and has been visited more than 3.5 million times. We thought Tyler's enthusiasm for music education, and his innovative ideas would be just right as a new school year is about to begin. This conversation... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Monday, August 1, 2022
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Successfully Supporting and Engaging Students With Exceptionalities in Band and Orchestra

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode Nick Averwater talks with Emily Kelley,  Director of Bands at Southview High School in Sylvania, OH , and author of the new book  Inclusion in Band and Orchestra , which is part of the Maximizing Student Performance series by the Kjos Music Company. Our conversation was recorded July 20, 2022.   Podcast Guest Emily Kelley Emily Kelley  is the Director of Bands at Sylvania Southview High School in Sylvania, Ohio.... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Monday, July 25, 2022
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Starting The Year On Your Left Foot

Podcast Episode Summary This week Joel Hurd, one of the producers on the podcast, talks with composer and educator Brady Massey, who spent more than 20 years as a band director in three different school districts in Arkansas ( Hoxie ,  Trumann , and  Pocahontas ), and is currently Director of Bands at  Williams Baptist University  in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Joel talked with Brady just after he had given a talk at Amro University, which is a 2-day event in Memphis for... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Saturday, July 16, 2022
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Sound Reinforcement for Marching Bands: What To Use, and How To Use It

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with Hunter Durham, Director of Bands in the  Rivercrest School District  in Wilson, Arkansas, a small town near the Mississippi River around 30 miles north of Memphis. He is originally from nearby Paragould, Arkansas.  Hunter has written a guide to sound reinforcement for marching bands . In this episode he'll be sharing his ideas on mic techniques, how to make wise purchasing decisions and more. This... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Sunday, July 3, 2022
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Strong Community Support Results In Decades of Success For A Small Town's Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with  Jason Deem , Director of Bands at  Union City High School  in  Union City, Tennessee , a town of just over 10,000 people in the northwest corner of the state. Jason joined the Union City schools in 2006, and has been Director of Bands for five years. In this conversation, we'll learn about his early influences, how he carries on the tradition of success in... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Monday, May 16, 2022
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Practical Ideas For Recruiting New Students For Your Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary This week Nick Averwater talks with Randy Dale, Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Mississippi, to get some ideas about recruiting new students for your band program. Our conversation was recorded April 8, 2022 in downtown Memphis, where Randy was giving a presentation for Amro University.   Podcast Guest Randy Dale Randy Dale  is Assistant Professor of Music, Associate... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Sunday, May 8, 2022
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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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