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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: band camp

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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Lessons Learned from Successful Marching Band Camps

Panelists- Orien Landis, Darin Graber, Stephen Aylward, and Len Killough Orien Landis - American Fork High School (American Fork, Utah) Darin Graber - Bingham High School (South Jordan, Utah) Stephen Aylward - Miamisburg High School (Miamisburg, Ohio) Len Killough - Hernando High School (Hernando, Mississippi) Podcast Summary On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, we had a panel discussion featuring directors that have already hosted camps and summer... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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Preparing for the Marching Band Season

Panelists Ollie Liddell - Memphis Central (TN) High School Kim Hallmark Pickering - Lewisburg (MS) High School David Aydelott - Williamson County (TN) School District Richie Williams - Paragould (AR) High School Podcast Summary In this week's conversations, our panelists discussed their plans for the upcoming marching band season. Video Recording Podcast   Resources Leadership Training... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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If you enjoy the content provided through "After Hours", you can support the podcast by purchasing your classroom supplies, books and accessories from Amro Music.  We're the greater Memphis area's first choice when it comes to music education materials.  Band directors and orchestra instructors know we carry the brands and products they trust to teach the next generation everything they need to know to appreciate music. To place an order or receive a quote, please call or text our Director Services office at 901-302-3315 or email them here.