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Band kids are the BEST.

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I’ve long had a sneaking suspicion that band kids are the best. Honestly, there’s just something extra awesome about these kids. This week, a bit more evidence crossed my desk. I make my case in this episode.

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Apple recap + Carolina kicker shoves HS band member

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In this episode, I recap the Apple live event unveiling the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, and discuss what impact they could have on music parents and booster organizations. Could the new Apple Pay system be used for and by music booster groups?

Check out these links for more details:

Apple event in 90 seconds via Mashable

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano “moves” Marquel Ballard, the freshman trombonist for Bethune-Cookman High School

I also cover “the day the music died:” when the kicker for the Carolina Panthers decided to begin his warm up before this high school marching band had left the field.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/09/graham-gano-marching-band-tampa-bay-bethune-cookman

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“The players tried to take the field…the marching band refused to yield…”

It all ended well, though. The kicker called the trombone player to apologize and hooked him up with tickets to an upcoming game.

No harm, no foul.

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Reactions to News about The Ohio State University Band

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Ohio State University Band Updates (October 10, 2014):

Ohio State’s fired band director got more support

Ohio State pays at least $885 an hour for 2nd band investigation; questions remain about firms involved

 

Ohio State University Band Updates (August 28, 2014):

Music publishers are reportedly denying performance rights to the OSU Marching Band.

The director is still trying to get his job back.

The Newark Advocate came out with an editorial basically saying that we’d better get used to this new normal, because Title IX is NOT messing around.

OSU’s former Title IX coordinator came out saying that both the university and Mr. Waters could have handled things better. She was not involved in the probe because she left before it began, in large part because the university tied her hands so that she could not do her job effectively. Read about it here and here.

 

Ohio State vs. Michigan football 2013 01 (Ohio State band)

In this episode of the Promoting Your Music Program podcast, we try a new roundtable format as we discuss a recent headline from the band world: namely, the recent firing of Jonathan Waters, the director of The Ohio State University Marching Band.

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David Vandewalker, author of Boosters to the Rescue!

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Before I recorded this interview with the amazing David Vandewalker, I’d participated in the first half of the Music for All Parent/Booster Institute. It was a hugely valuable experience, and I am so glad that he agreed to sit down with me over our lunch break. The rest of the day was packed with awesome, as well. If you ever get a chance to attend one of David Vandewalker’s sessions, RUN—don’t walk.

In this interview, I feel like we barely scratched the surface, so I hope this interview will be the first of many. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

David VandewalkerDavid Vandewalker is the assistant director of bands at Georgia State University, where his primary responsibilities include conducting the University Band, teaching the Marching Band and directing the Basketball Pep Band.  He is also the music director and conductor of the Metro Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE), hosted at Georgia State University.

Prior to his appointment at GSU, Mr. Vandewalker taught for 23 years in both middle and high school settings in Texas and Georgia. As a 2006 recipient of the Sousa Foundation’sSudler Flag of Honor,” the Harrison Band (GA) program, under his leadership, was distinguished as one of the strongest, respected, and well-rounded band programs in the United States.

Mr. Vandewalker is the author of the recently published Strategic Plans for a Successful Booster Club and Foundations for a Successful Booster Club Workbook, as well as Boosters to the Rescue101 Ways to Harmonize the Madness for Music EducatorsFoundations for Wind Band Clarity, Foundations for Wind Band Clarity Instructional DVD, and Everyday Stuff Every Director Needs to Know: A Quick Start Guide published by Vision Publications.

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Incredible Music Dads Blowing Up the Internet

Wherever I look, I find myself steeped in paternal awesomeness, like this American Fork band dad. So I just had to take a moment to share it with you.

First up, is there anything sexier than a man with a pink ukelele singing with his firework-fearing four-year-old daughter? I think not.

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