This past July, J.W. Pepper launched Cut Time, a new online management tool for music directors and parent booster groups.

The new program will help directors manage their music programs through a modern and efficient interface on any type of device. Cut Time's features include free and easy communication via email and text, document and inventory organizational tools, financial tracking of obligations and payments, event and calendar management, student assignments and grading, and easy reporting. 

“We talk to music directors every day. It’s unbelievable how busy they are and how dedicated they are to their students and programs,” said Glenn Burtch, CEO and President of J.W. Pepper. “We feel it’s important they have solutions and tools that save them time so they can focus on the most important part of their job – bringing music into their schools and communities.”

When creating and launching the program, Pepper partnered with Trigon Road, a developer of group management software for the performing arts.

“Trigon Road brings valuable, real-world experience from the systems they created for the Drum Corps and competitive band circuits,” said Kathy Fernandes, chief marketing officer at Pepper. “That valuable experience, coupled with Pepper’s desire to ease the work load for directors, is the perfect pairing.”

Educational consultant Scott McCormick helped with the launch of Cut Time. McCormick is the Founder and President of AMP: the Association of Music Parents.


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