The Perfect Band Room

by Adam Hopper I am very fortunate to work in a school that provides me with adequate facilities.  That being said, I am longing for the perfect band room.  A mighty fortress it shall be.  The perfect band room will be three stories tall, with the penthouse being my office, complete with walk-in humidor, driving…

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…

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. …