My Blue Stars-sponsored “Partnering with Collegiate Music Education” is Complete!

With a guest lecture visit to the University of Minnesota – Duluth complete today, I am proud to announce the conclusion of this year’s “Partnering with Collegiate Music Education” Tour. This annual tour of guest lectures, as well as conducting and ensemble clinics, was again made possible by the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.  The tour this fall encompassed these nine excellent institutions:

  • The University of Minnesota
  • Minnesota State University – Mankato
  • The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • The University of Louisville
  • The University of Kentucky
  • Western Illinois University
  • The University of Illinois
  • Concordia College – Moorhead, MN
  • The University of Minnesota – Duluth

Thanks to all of the faculty and students who made me feel welcome on their campuses as we made great concert and marching music together, and as we discussed some of the most important topics in the world of music education.  Finally, continued appreciation to the Blue Stars for the commitment to music education!

Using “Care and Feeding for Concert Winds?” – How’s It Going?

Greetings all, and happy holidays! A month ago, I announced the initial availability of my 12-week concert band warm-up and sound development method, Concert Winds Care and Feeding. Since then, over 500 directors around the country have downloaded it to use with their bands. This free project draws upon what I have learned and worked with concert bands over the decades, and distills a lot of information and methods into a program of study for high school and collegiate concert bands.  All 12 major keys are explored, with rhythm reading, unison chorales, and harmonizations in every key.  The program also provides a curricular framework for assigning homework, and lays out a recommended system of ensemble tuning.

So the question is, for those of you who downloaded it and are trying it with your bands: how’s it going?  Do you have questions? Are there errors or typos?  Could some things be adjusted to be more practical or effective?  I want to hear from you! So please, if you have thoughts, don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you haven’t yet downloaded the project, the score and parts, complete with an introduction and detailed instructions, are downloadable in one large PDF file available at this link.  Please note that this is a large file, so it may take a while to complete the download.
I look forward to hearing the results and your feedback.  Thank you, and happy banding!