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Perspective

  • A Look Ahead for 2019

    Mike Lawson | January 9, 2019

    Welcome back to work! It’s a new year, a fresh start, but of course, only the midpoint for the school year.

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  • 2019 – Let’s hope it’s a good one (without any fear)

    Mike Lawson | December 4, 2018

    From hurricane season in my hometown of Panama City, Florida, to wildfires all across my former home state of California, Q4 of 2018 ended with a lot of destruction and scary events resulting in unprecedented devastation.

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  • Take My Money, Please

    Mike Lawson | November 4, 2018

    As editor of both Choral Director and School Band and Orchestra, I’m a pretty easy mark for kids coming around and knocking on my door for a fundraiser for their programs.

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  • And when you get it, you got something…

    Mike Lawson | October 1, 2018

    Yeah man, did I get it! First time I heard the music of Stax/Volt Records’ southern-fried soul as a kid I was knocked out, inspired, and wanted to play music more than ever.

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  • Sentimental Gentle Wind Blowing Through My Life Again

    Mike Lawson | August 30, 2018

    On August 31st, solo artist and former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch would have turned 73. Bob and his wife Wendy were two of my best friends for more than half my life.

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  • Thoughts from a Beginning Band Director

    Mike Lawson | August 3, 2018

    This issue, I’m using this space to present correspondence from a middle school band director, Eric Combs, chronicling the journey from his first year to his master’s degree, what he wished he known, what he wants to share, and how you can find it.

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  • It’s all in the mind, ya know?

    Mike Lawson | July 16, 2018

    This issue we cover a lot of ground on orchestral music and performances, both by amazing youth programs, as well as the popular “The Music of…” series.

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  • The Good News, and the Bad News

    Mike Lawson | June 8, 2018

    The good news: My original intent for this column this month was to announce how cool it is to welcome Colonel (Retired) Thomas H. Palmatier to the writing roster at SBO.

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  • If it Sounds Right, it is Right(eous)

    Mike Lawson | May 11, 2018

    This issue is heavy with stories on festival performances. It’s that time of year.

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  • They Don’t Pay You Enough….

    Mike Lawson | April 6, 2018

    As I write this, thousands of teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky have marched on their state capitals demanding an increase in wages and school funding.

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  • Yes, Manufacturers Might (Eventually) Listen to You

    Mike Lawson | March 2, 2018

    I go to a lot of music conferences for educators, as well as manufacturer product shows such as NAMM and Musikmesse, which is held in Frankfurt, Germany each year in the spring.

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  • Music Software Subscription Blues

    Mike Lawson | February 2, 2018

    In the long, long ago, you purchased software in a box, with installable media, and bought a particular version.

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