Category: marching band

Welcoming Musicians With Physical Exceptionalities To The Marching Band

Cody Newman, Director of Bands at Forney High School, shares the challenges of teaching two talented musicians in the school's marching band with physical exceptionalities and how his team worked together to make sure they were prosperous members of the band. We'll also find out about his approach to marching band competitions and why the most important part of competing is the time after the performance is over. This is part two of a conversation recorded July ... Read More
at Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Encouragement, Selflessness And Positivity Are Keys To This Band Program's Success

2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40 honoree Cody Newman shares stories of his early days as a music educator and how his band's unique and effective leadership program focuses on encouragement, selflessness, and positivity. This is the first part of a conversation recorded July 1, 2022.    Read More
at Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Directing A Successful Non-Competitive Marching Band in Middle Tennessee

In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Benjamin Easley, Director of Bands at Nolensville High School in Nolensville, TN, a town of around 16,000 located a half hour south of Nashville. Benjamin comes from a family of music educators (his father, John Easley, is featured on After Hours episodes from December 31, 2021 and January 7, 2022), so we'll learn more about his early influences, and also learn more about Nolensville's non-... Read More
at Monday, September 12, 2022

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 conversation wa... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Sunday, July 3, 2022

Student Leadership And Clear Expectations Are Keys To A Band Program's Success

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Justin Harvison, Director of Bands at Germantown High School in Madison, Mississippi. Justin began his career in 2008 at Madison Central High School, where he was lead director of the 9th grade band at Rosa Scott 9th grade school. He then went on to become the founding director of the Germantown High School band program in 2011. In this conversation, Justin talks about... Read More
Posted by Emilee McGee at Friday, March 25, 2022

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 Originally ... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, January 21, 2022

Developing Student Leaders in a 400-Member Marching Band

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Elva Kaye Lance, The Director of Bands at Mississippi State University in Starkville. We'll learn more about developing student leaders in the 400-member marching band, how the pandemic has affected procedures within the band program and more. The conversation was recorded on May 24, 2021. It's broken up into two episodes, and this is part two.   Podcast Guest Elva Kaye Lance Elva Kaye La... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Importance of Mental Wellness for Maintaining a Successful Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Grant Harbison at the Arkansas Bandmasters Association Convention in Little Rock. Grant is the Director of Bands for Jonesboro, Arkansas Public Schools. In this conversation, Grant talks about how his band program is moving forward as the pandemic affects a second marching band season, the importance of gratitude and positivity, and how therapy has helped him to become... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, September 3, 2021