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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

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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Marching in The Macy's Parade Two Months After 9/11 (and other adventures in a 42-year career)

Podcast Episode Summary Randy Box has taught in four school districts in his 42-year career, most recently at West Memphis High School in Arkansas. In this first part of our conversation he talks about his early influences, taking his band to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade twice, and the importance of the acronym T-S-B-N-A-F-W-A-E-I-N.   Podcast guest Randy Box Randal Box was appointed Director of Bands at West Memphis High School and Supervisor of Bands for the... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, July 9, 2021
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Practical Advice for New Band Directors

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with  Dr. Sarah Labovitz , the Associate Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at  Arkansas State University  in Jonesboro. In this first of two episodes with Dr. Labovitz, she talks about the advice she gives to new band directors, ways to avoid burnout, and how to embrace all of the necessary tasks involved with being a music educator that may not feel very... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, June 25, 2021
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Making the Band Room a Safe and Welcoming Place for All Students

Podcast Episode Summary Nick Averwater continues his conversation with  Dr. Albert Nguyen, Director of Bands at the University of Memphis . In this episode Dr. Nguyen talks about making the band room a welcoming, safe place for all students. He also looks back at some things he might have done differently in his early days as a band director.   Podcast guest Dr. Albert Nguyen Albert Nguyen, Director of Bands, conducts the U of M Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, June 11, 2021
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The Value of Healthy Student Leadership in Your Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with  Dr. Albert Nguyen , Director of Bands at the University of Memphis. Dr. Nguyen discusses his early interest in music growing up in rural Arkansas, the influence his parents had on him, creating opportunities through student leadership, and more. This conversation is split in to two episodes, and this is part 1. What brought Albert to  the University of Memphis as the director of bands? After spending... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, June 4, 2021
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Guiding Your Band Program Through a Difficult Time

Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Kim Webb, Director of Bands at  Greene County Tech High School  in Paragould, Arkansas. The band program in the school district has 450 students participating in seven different bands. We've broken up our conversation with Kim into two episodes, and in this second one. what strategies did kim use to navigate a crisis that took place in her band program? When Kim first became Director of Bands at Greene Co Tech,... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, May 28, 2021
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How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Busy Band Director and New Mom

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Kim Webb, Director of Bands at  Greene County Tech High School  in Paragould, Arkansas. The band program in the school district has 450 students participating in seven different bands. We've broken up our conversation with Kim into two episodes, and in this first one, she talks about how she became interested in pursuing music education as a career, and how she attempts to strike a healthy balance between family... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, May 21, 2021
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In It for the Long Haul: The Impact of Staying with Your Band Program for the Long-Term

Episode Summary In this podcast episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Barry Trobaugh, Director of Bands at Munford High School in West Tennessee. They discuss the value of staying at the same school for many years, how to maintain good relationships with the school administration, and much more. The wide-ranging conversation wouldn't fit into just one episode, and it was all so interesting that we didn't want to edit out anything. So we broke it up into two... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, May 7, 2021
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Community Support, Staff Relationships, and Setting Clear Expectations in Your Band Program

Episode Summary In this week's podcast episode, Nick Averwater talks with Barry Trobaugh, Director of Bands at Munford High School in West Tennessee. Barry and Nick discuss how to position your music program to be an integral part of your local community, establishing a strong relationship with your staff and assistant directors, and setting clear expectations that lead to student growth. This conversation is presented in two episodes, and this is part 1. What music educators have... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, April 30, 2021
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Director Spotlight: Monty & Valerie Hill

Panelists - Valerie and Monty Hill Mr. and Mrs. Hill were both educated at Henderson State University and New Mexico State University. Together they built a very strong band program at Lake Hamilton Public Schools near Hot Springs.  The Lake Hamilton Bands began earning state and regional notoriety upon their arrival in 1998.  In 2007, Mr. Hill accepted the position as Associate Director of Bands at NCAA Division I New Mexico State University, where he directed the “Pride of... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, April 16, 2021
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Director Spotlight: Lafe Cook (Part Two)

Panelist - Lafe Cook Lafe Cook has been a high school band director for twenty-six years and is in his twentieth year as the Director of the Dobyns-Bennett Band Program in Kingsport, Tennessee.  Mr. Cook is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he was drum major of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band and a graduate assistant with the music department.  He taught at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia for six years prior to coming to... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, April 2, 2021
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