Charlie Menghini visits with some of the greatest names in wind band conducting, composing and arranging. The podcast also features regular visits with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, instrument specialists and music industry leaders as well as great college, high school, middle school and elementary band directors who give their thoughts on various aspects of being a band director.
Saul Friedgood, President, Eastman Music Company
Saul Friedgood, President of Eastman Music Company, shares his story from growing up in Des Moines, IA, working as an aide to some of our nation's top politicians and how that experience has helped him to lead an international company. His message of listening and making corrections, seizing opportunities as they come along and remembering that all politics is local is so relevant as we look to the future.
Adam Hill & Kevin Lepper
Adam Hill, Assistant Band Director and Percussion Instructor at Romeoville HS, IL and Director of the Chicago Bulls Drum Line chats with Charlie and Adam's college percussion instructor Kevin Lepper about motivating students and how he keeps all the plates spinning. A fascinating conversation with a young, energetic teacher who has all his priorities in the right place.
Dr. Tim and Rick Coulter
Dr. Tim and Charlie talk about life after Covid and about the 2020 Virtual Midwest Clinic. Rick Coulter, retired Supervisor of Fine Arts for Williamsport, PA offers practical and proven ways to advocate for your program.
Eric Tinkler and Dr. Philip Payne, Hosts of Not Your Forte Podcast
Eric Tinkler and Dr. Philip Payne of Kansas State University talk about their "Not Your Forte" podcast designed to help music education majors and young teachers on a variety of subjects.
The Legendary Doc Severinsen
From how he got the name "Doc" to playing on a bugle without a mouthpiece, Doc Severinsen's career is one built on hard work and an understanding that you just have to do the job...which means, you had better practice and get your act together. This conversation sheds great light on why Doc is the greatest trumpet artist of all time. His trumpet artistry and showmanship is only outdone by his humility and his humanity. The music world is a better place because of Doc Severinsen.
Timothy Mahr, Composer and Director of Bands at St. Olaf College
Timothy Mahr began writing music to impress a girl but that didn't go very well. Fortunately, he didn't give up writing music and today remains one of the most refreshing voices for the band world. From composing new music to teaching composition at St. Olaf to directing the band, this conversation sheds insight into the talents he shares with his students and the respect he gives to all who have had a hand in his success.