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Band and music education professional development on-the-go! Listen to interviews, tips and techniques from some of the top educators in the band field.

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Band and music education professional development on-the-go! Listen to interviews, tips and techniques from some of the top educators in the band field.

    Episode 35: Bobby Lambert, Wando High School, Mt. Pleasant, SC

    Episode 35: Bobby Lambert, Wando High School, Mt. Pleasant, SC

    Bobby Lambert talks about the hows and whys of student leadership, recommends some classic band pieces, and talks musical mentors.

    Head to Bobby and Jeff's Young's Podcast "That Band Life" at Apple Podcasts to hear more.

    For more content related to music education, visit www.thebandmasters.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Sticher Audio.

    FULL BIO from www.wandobands.org: Bobby is Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Originally from Cherokee, North Carolina, Mr. Lambert attended Western Carolina University to obtain his Bachelors Degree in music education and then the University of Massachusetts to receive a graduate assistantship and a Masters of Music Degree in saxophone performance.

    From 2001 until 2013, Mr. Lambert was the assistant band director at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois where he enjoyed great success in both the marching and concert arena. The marching band was a consistent finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships and a repeat winner of the 2A National Championship. At the state level, the band continued its winning streak as the Class Champion for the State of Illinois Marching Band Championship begun in 1980. Under his direction, the Concert Band at Marian found great success in performance assessment: consistently receiving superior ratings and being named overall champion at The State of the Art Catholic Concert Band Festival, and class champion at The Illinois State University Concert Competition and The University of Illinois Superstate Concert Festival.

    In 2005, he founded the school-wide leadership program at Marian, designing the curriculum and coordinating its implementation to over 1200 students with over 50 faculty members. Drawn from the world of business, finance, and psychology, the Leadership Program curriculum gives every student practical experience with communication skills, group dynamics, and ethical leadership.

    Since 1997, Mr. Lambert has directed student leadership camps around the country. In 2013, Mr. Lambert headed the inaugural Bands of America Drum Major Institute at Ball State University as part of the BOA Summer Symposium. This contemporary camp brings the most experienced staff and the latest information to student leaders from across the country. Over 1000 high school students participate in various leadership programs with Mr. Lambert each summer.

    In addition to serving as consultant with several programs across the country, Mr. Lambert has worked with the All-American Marching Band sponsored by the U.S. Army and the Bands of America Tournament of Roses Marching Band. He has also served as guest conductor for honor bands in Virginia and Illinois.

    Mr. Lambert’s professional affiliations include MENC and Phi Mu Alpha. He has been honored with an induction to the Marian Catholic Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2013 and voted a Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator in 2009. He now lives in South Carolina with his wife Alysia, who is a choral director and their daughters, Maria Katherine and Olivia Claire.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Sidenote Series: Bob Mecozzi on Getting Things Done

    Sidenote Series: Bob Mecozzi on Getting Things Done

    Bob Mecozzi, band director at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL, talks about the Getting Things Done system and how we can reduce stress by managing our tasks.

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    • 16 min
    Episode 34: Dr. Joe Manfredo, Retired, Illinois State University

    Episode 34: Dr. Joe Manfredo, Retired, Illinois State University

    Dr. Joe Manfredo talks about his time with Dr. Begian, provides literature suggestions, and discusses his research and publications in the area of band history and the undergraduate conducting curriculum.

    For more content related to music education, visit www.thebandmasters.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Sticher Audio.

    FULL BIO

     Joseph Manfredo is a retired Associate Professor of Music for the School of Music at Illinois State University. At ISU, Manfredo was the Coordinator of Music Education and taught undergraduate  courses in instrumental music education. In addition, he was the coordinator of the student teaching program.

         Originally from the Chicago area, Manfredo received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education  from Eastern Illinois University, where he studied clarinet with Dr. Earl Boyd and piano with Dr. Catherine Smith. His graduate studies included a Master of Arts Degree in Instrumental  Conducting from EIU and a Doctorate of Music Education from the University of Illinois. During his doctoral residency, Manfredo was awarded the band conducting internship to study  with the legendary Dr. Harry Begian. In addition, he also studied with Gary Smith and James  Curnow.

         Professor Manfredo is in constant demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He  has conducted various All-State Bands and Honor Bands throughout the United States and  Canada. His collegiate bands have been selected to perform at national, regional, and state  conferences. Since August 2011, he has been conductor of the Festival Band for the Leonard  Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

         Manfredo has presented lectures and clinics at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra  Clinic, national conferences for the National Association for Music Educators, College Band  Directors National Association, National Band Association, the Instrumental Music Teacher  Educators Biennual Colloquium, and the Conn-Selmer Institute. He has made presentations at  state music conferences in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas, and internationally in China, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, and Brazil.

         Manfredo has published journal articles in the Groves Dictionary of Music, Bulletin of the  Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Music Teacher Education, The Instrumentalist, Illinois Music Educators Journal, and  the Alta Musica series. In addition, he was asked to write The Conductor’s Manual for the  Essentials of Musicianship series published by Hal Leonard. He also serves as the chief editor of  the MitteilungsBlatt, one of the publications for IGEB, the International Society for the  Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music; and he is on the editorial board for the World  Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).

         Dr. Manfredo is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Midwest Clinic. He was the  recipient of the 2015 Mary Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence by the Illinois Music  Education Association. Also, he was the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Bandmaster Award by the XI Chapter of Phi Beta Mu (International Bandmasters Fraternity).

    • 49 min
    Sidenote Series: Tim DeBoer and Peter Lipari on Opera

    Sidenote Series: Tim DeBoer and Peter Lipari on Opera

    Tim DeBoer (Joliet West High School Choral Director and AP Music Theory teacher, Joliet, IL) and Peter Lipari (Joliet Township District 204 Orchestra Director and conductor of the West Suburban Symphony) talk opera. Tune in for recommendations of full productions, selected highlights, and find out that knowing the story before you go in might just be the best way to experience an opera.

    To watch selected shows, visit The Metropolitan Opera House's website at https://www.metopera.org/, where nightly streams are offered.

    • 21 min
    Sidenote Series: Chris Gleason on Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose (and Practicing!)

    Sidenote Series: Chris Gleason on Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose (and Practicing!)

    Chris Gleason talks to me about educational purpose and autonomy during the quarantine, and how students can effectively practice (even if they don't have an instrument at home). I also highly recommend watching Chris's TedX talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4CzFQ7Esi4 for even more insight into education, motivation, purpose, and autonomy.

    For more content related to music education, visit www.thebandmasters.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Sticher Audio.

    • 21 min
    Sidenote Series: Sebastian Martinez on Recommended Latin Music

    Sidenote Series: Sebastian Martinez on Recommended Latin Music

    Sebastian Martinez is the senior drum major of the Joliet Central High School Band. In this episode, Sebastian recommends some of his favorite Latin music.

    Links are provided below.

    Moncayo - Huapango (Alondra de la Parra, Orchestre de Paris) https://youtu.be/NbgAHpD4W_8

    El Cumbanchero - Windstars Ensemble https://youtu.be/qeqlhl9xQ2I

    Arturo Márquez - Danzón No. 2 (Alondra de la Parra, L'Orchestre de Paris) https://youtu.be/pjZPHW0qVvo

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