Marc Whitt

Marc Whitt of the Association of Music Parents


About Marc Whitt

Marc WhittFor 32 years, Marc Whitt has devoted his professional career to nonprofit public relations and marketing, and has long been an active advocate for education, economic development and the performing arts.

Marc’s work has achieved measurable results, garnering over 40 honors. In 2012, he was the recipient of CASE Kentucky’s prestigious Beth Fields Lifetime Service Award.

The son of a band director, Marc serves on the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts Community Operations Board, was a 6-term president of the Madison Central High School Band Boosters, and helped establish the Madison Community Band in Richmond, a group for which he plays trumpet.

Appointed to the Kentucky Department of Education’s Visual & Performing Arts Advisory Council, Marc received the 2010 Kentucky Music Educators Association District 11 Friends of Music Award for promoting music education.

Marc Whitt



The Association of Music Parents

AMP’s National Music Parent Symposium

The Music for All Parent/Booster Institute

About Scott McCormick

Marc Whitt on Twitter

All-Volunteer Organization Resources via Blue Avocado

Get a feel for what you missed at the 2014 National Music Parent Symposium with this recorded presentation on fundraising featuring the how-to’s of a $42,000 car wash. Yes, you read that right!


Christopher Woodside NAfME MME

Christopher Woodside of NAfME


I was thrilled to have a chance to speak with Christopher Woodside of the National Association for Music Education, otherwise known as NAfME. In a nutshell, he makes sure that everyone inside the Beltway knows how powerful music education is.

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State of the Music Program

Give a State of the Music Program Address

Tonight, America prepares to receive the State of the Union address. Both houses of Congress attend, and the speech is broadcast widely. There is much pomp and circumstance. I think our Executive Branch may be onto something. They’re being proactive about spreading their message, not reactive. Think about that, and then consider how we might adapt that idea for music education.

I’d like to propose a “State of the Music Program” address. Once a year, a representative of the music or fine arts department prepares a written (and oral) report and reserves time to present the report to the school board.

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Quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a serious quote junkie. I love finding nuggets of wisdom plucked from the minds of some of history’s greatest thinkers. That’s why I heart these quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is #MLKDay. Lest you think that the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. are ancient history, let me remind you that today only would have been Dr. King’s 86th birthday. And I think you’ll find, as I did, that many of these quotes carry just as much weight today as they did when they were originally spoken.

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Why We Can’t Let This Jim Rome Thing Slide


It was just one tweet. But it soon became the tweet heard ’round the band world.

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As the day progressed, the tweet—and the outrage it inspired from band geeks everywhere—picked up steam. #RomeIsBurning, Twitter proclaimed!

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Musicians


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In this impromptu “inbetweenisode,” I’m recording from the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. I’m joined by former band director and current band parent Maria Dripps-Paulson, who you might remember from episode 5.

Because this gift guide episode is so time-sensitive, I’ve done minimal editing so that I can bring it to you before you finish your shopping (and BEFORE I start mine, if you’re wondering). So my apologies in advance for the rough edges, and for making you listen to me as I recover from this horrible cold that will not die.

Christopher Bill: Check out his 25 Days of Christmas videos here! His Christmas album makes a great gift. :)

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Season 1 Finale of Promoting Your Music Program


This episode of Promoting Your Music Program will be the last for this season. For forever and ever, really.

That’s because when we come back after the holidays, the podcast will have a new name. To learn the details, join my email list here.

Also, I’ll be at Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic December 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago. I’d love to meet up there: Email me!

In the meantime, check out some of my favorite clips from this season:

Erin Fortune, Senior Marketing Coordinator for Music for All

Fran Kick of Kick It In, MFA Summer Symposium Clinician

Seth Williams, Advocacy Coordinator for Music for All

David Vandewalker, author of Boosters to the Rescue!

Reactions to News about The Ohio State University Band with Lisa Salazar and Maria Dripps-Paulson

Facebook Page Post Ideas for your Music Program

Apple event recap + Carolina kicker shoves HS band member

Band kids are the BEST.

Eugene Cantera of the Dallas School of Music

Margaret Bauer of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

Education reform: Here’s why I care

Courtney Brandt: Young Adult Author

DJ Corchin of The 13th Chair

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DJ Corchin


On this episode, I talk with DJ Corchin, also known as The 13th Chair Trombone Player. He’s a former band director turned prolific author whose works include poetry, children’s books, and even a musical. He’s just published the 3rd book in the Band Nerds series: Band Nerds Confessions and Confusion. He’s a regular columnist for both and the Association of Music Parents.

Enter to win a digital iBooks copy of Band Nerds Confessions and Confusion!

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Courtney Brandt

Courtney Brandt: Young Adult Author


On this episode of the Promoting Your Music Program podcast, I’m so excited to speak with  young adult novelist Courtney Brandt. You can find her books here:


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Education reform: Here’s why I care


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I never intended to care about education reform. So boring, right?

When my firstborn child became old enough to start playing a band instrument, THAT’S when I started paying attention. Anyone who cares about music and arts education SHOULD care about education reform.

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