Burning Rome

So there I was, just minding my own business, watching the plethora of New Year’s Day bowl games and enjoying my final few days of Christmas break.  When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a tweet from Jim Rome that fired up the entire music education world.  “Is there anyone not in a…

2014 PASIC Review

There are very few things that could make me cross the Ohio River and travel into Indiana.  One of those things took place in November as Indianapolis, (or Nap Town as the kids call it) played host to the 2014 edition of the Percussive Arts Society International Conference.  One of the best things about the…

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…

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…