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Commentary

  • Thoughts on Leadership and Legacy

    Tami Rogers | June 8, 2018

    While our colleagues and peers in the industry today know our father as Bob Rogers, founder of our business, when I was five, he was just my dad, a high school band director, leading his students at competitions across the country.

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  • A Tale of Two Gilmores

    Patrick W. Dugan | May 11, 2018

    Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (1829- 1892), the man who became known as, “The Father of the American Band,” should not be confused with William E. Gilmore (1824-1879), leader of Gilmore’s Cornet Band of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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  • What Was an Audition Like with Gilmore?

    Major Patrick W. Dugan | April 6, 2018

    One Sunday morning in February 1892, young Herbert L. Clarke (1867- 1945), upon prompting from his brother Ernest, auditioned for the famous Gilmore Band.

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  • Commentary: Using Chorales to Teach Intonation, Articulation, and Phrasing

    Todd Stalter | April 6, 2018

    If you’re like me, you’re busy preparing literature with your band for contests and festivals. And, if you’re like me, your band plays chorales every day.

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  • Commentary: Save Our Symphony

    Kathy Mayer | March 2, 2018

    Recently, the San Antonio Symphony embarked on an emotional rollercoaster of dizzying speeds and heights.

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  • Commentary: Re-Energize Your Band Program

    Phillip M. Hash | March 2, 2018

    A teacher who has been in the classroom for several years has probably developed many effective and comfortable routines for choosing repertoire and planning concerts, trips, and rehearsals.

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  • Commentary: Nurture Student Composers in Your School

    Harvey Rachlin | March 2, 2018

    When it comes to writing music today, band and orchestra compositions are not the top choice for the majority of those who choose to endeavor in the art of composition.

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  • Getting the Short End of the Blowstick

    Sandra Kowalski | January 8, 2018

    Music departments across the nation have faced slashed funding for years despite proven studies showing the positive impact sustained involvement in instrumental music has on the strong relationship across middle and high school math proficiency.

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  • A World of Difference: Instrumental Music Education in France

    Andrew J. Allen | October 4, 2017

    Last summer, I had the pleasure of participating in the European University of Saxophone in Gap, France.

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  • School Music in Nepal (or the Luxury of U.S. Music Programs)

    Sandra Kowalski | October 4, 2017

    As the new school year begins you may be dreading all the anticipated challenges you will face; inadequate instruments, money for uniforms, getting the new kids up to speed, fear and worries over band competitions.

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  • Sharing the Podium: Enhancing Your Students’ Ensemble Experience

    Lisa Martin and Michael King | July 14, 2017

    Think back to your K-12 years, and consider all of the math teachers you had – from who taught you the multiplication tables, to the teacher that led you through your first geometry proof.

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  • From the Classroom to the Retailer, but Still in Education

    Scott Abrahamson | July 14, 2017

    I never thought I would do anything else but teach in a classroom, but events following the Recession of 2008 carved a path that changed my trajectory.

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