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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. 

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Category: marching band

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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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
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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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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
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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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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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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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