I will never forget, as a young director, walking into an all-state band rehearsal.
When I began teaching in 1994 at Tarpon Springs (Florida) High School, seven students attended rehearsal.
Early on in my college teaching career, I was trying to prioritize what aspect of teaching to focus on.
After three weeks of beginning band, an aspiring fifth grade trombone student in my class attended an after-school band time.
Technique is Secondary to the Music
In the spring of 1973, I took my high school band to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a clinic session with H. Robert Reynolds, then Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin.
When I was 15, my high school band director, Don Lawrence, told me to "say something" when I was playing a trombone solo with the jazz band.
In my 52 years as a music educator, I have had many wonderful opportunities to grow and learn about music and life.
Always strive to be the best version of you, but be you.
Wouldn't you like to find new ways to get parents more involved with their students' home practice and progress?