Marching band season is over. No matter whether that statement makes you feel sad or relieved, it’s time to move on to concert band season and the new opportunities and challenges it brings. As you know all too well, marching band season is totally consuming. You spend all summer planning, then band camp hits and you’re in the thick of it for months with practices, performances, fundraisers and other events. But as your group’s last marching performance becomes a memory, you now must move straight into concert band season.
It’s important to invest in a good quality instrument, but don’t worry, there are many brands out there that provide a great value without breaking the budget. We’ll go through major band instrument categories and give a few suggestions for great beginner models for each.
Music directors and band directors are constantly looking for ways to help their programs and marching bands grow, improve and thrive. Whether you are new to your role or have been doing it for decades, the drive to get better, musically and otherwise, is always inside you. Your education and experience have prepared you for teaching your students when it comes to musical theory, good practice routines, marching techniques and more. But what are some other habits or success factors that will help you build a successful marching program? Here are 10 tips you can put into practice right away.
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Marching band shows are amazing feats of coordination, creativity and skill that entertain, delight and inspire audiences. Whether it’s a marching band performing during halftime of a high school football game or a college marching band competing in front of a panel of judges, the music and pageantry should unite around a theme that the audience can relate to.
Regardless if you are a seasoned director or a first-year teacher, your program relies on you being able to purchase the equipment you need. To be able to do this, you must master the art of the school purchase order, or P.O. as it is sometimes referred to.
There are many reasons you might want to record your concert band: for a competition submission, for your students and their parents to have something to keep for memories, for your program’s archives and many other purposes. If you’ve never recorded before, it can be intimidating to understand where to start. However, if you set yourself up with the right space, the right equipment and the right set-up, you’ll be well on your way to being a recording whiz.