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…

Upgrading Your Percussion Section

Unless you are a trained percussionist, it could be very easy to overlook the importance of purchasing and maintaining high quality auxiliary percussion instruments.  These items are often overlooked, but provide the most important voices in the percussion section in many higher level band and orchestral pieces.  However, far too often, I hear high school…

Imitation

As string and wind musicians progress, they begin to blend effortlessly between one another when passing off melodies within the ensemble. I had the pleasure to experiencing this a few weeks ago during a brilliant performance from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. During one particular melody, it was difficult to determine where the trumpet stopped and the…

Two Free, Easy Drumline Grooves/Cadences

Welcome back music educators! Like you, we took a brief hiatus over the summer to refresh our brains. In celebration of a new year and marching season, we would like to offer 2 free, EASY cadences/grooves for your middle school or early high school drumline. Baile – All Parts and Score – A street beat with…