The Seven People You Meet at Marching Band Contests

It’s almost fall, so that means it’s time for marching band. In a few short weeks, bands all across this land will climb aboard their big yellow chariots and traverse over hill and dale, performing for crowds and hopefully becoming better musicians in the process. The sights and sounds of marching band are always interesting…

Mission El Salvador

Written by Adam Hopper I’m currently writing this post from 30 thousand feet in the air. I took off from Miami about thirty minutes ago, on the last leg of my long journey home.  Next to me sits a person I would conservatively estimate at being somewhere around a quarter ton, and is currently elbow…

Why we do what we do…

A special needs only drumline made history this past weekend by performing in Dayton at WGI finals.  We’re issuing a “tear alert” on this video, because it will hit you right in the feels. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rfomi2Y15o#t=300]

Back Row Blues

Each year, a wide-eyed and excited lot of beginning band students rush into the first day of band class eager to begin learning percussion.  It doesn’t take long however, before these same students are drowning in a sea of boredom, while their fellow instrumentalists receive the lot of the attention.  You’ve seen them back there. …

Winning

I really don’t care about winning, I am far more interested in succeeding. I graduated from college in 2007, and I set out on my quest to use my newly acquired degree in the field of music education. I applied for a variety of open positions in a variety of locations, all of which to…

A Day in the Life

I learned a lot of things in college.  Most of them were important and related to my profession, like music theory, instrumental methods, and percussion pedagogy.  Some of what I learned was totally useless, like how to saran wrap an entire dorm room. Of all the useful things I learned in college, time management was…