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Welcoming Musicians With Physical Exceptionalities To The Marching Band

This week, Nick Averwater continues his conversation with Cody Newman, Director of Bands at  Forney High School in Forney, TX , a town located around 20 miles east of Dallas. Cody was recently named to the  2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40  list of music educators.  In this episode, we'll learn about two talented musicians in the school's marching band with physical exceptionalities, and how Cody, his team, and everyone in the band worked together with these students... Read More
at Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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

This week, Nick Averwater talks with  Cody Newman , Director of Bands at  Forney High School in Forney, TX , a town of around 15,000 located 20 miles east of Dallas. Cody was recently named to the  2022 Yamaha 40 Under 40  list of music educators. In this episode he'll tell us about his early days as a music educator, and we'll also hear about the band program's unique and effective leadership program that focuses on encouragement, selflessness and positivity.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 ... 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... Read More
Posted by Amro Music at Friday, September 3, 2021

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