Conversations with teachers, composers, and performers of music for winds and percussion.
Michael Giannetta is the band director at Oyster Bay High School on Long Island. He has been a band director for 18 years and joins the show to talk about his program and also the Long Island Wind Ensemble.
Susan L. Smith
Susan L. Smith has taught general, choral, and instrumental music at the elementary through collegiate level in Florida, Virginia and Alabama and has served as an author, clinician, conductor, and adjudicator across the United States
Scott Rush is the Director of Fine and Performing Arts in Dorchester School District Two in South Carolina and is the former Director of Bands at Wando High School. He is the lead author of the "Habits" series published by GIA and is an active conductor, adjudicator and clinician.
Nicholas Williams is an Associate Professor of Music, Music Director and Conductor of the Wind Symphony and Concert Band at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He joins the show to talk about growing up and starting his career in Texas and his recent move to Australia.
Curtis Gaesser has been the band director at Folsom High School in Sacramento, one of the most successful jazz programs in the country, for the past 37 years.
Mike Howard is the band director at Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas. Under his direction, the Vandegrift Band has won numerous awards and honors and most recently was the 2019 BOA Grand National Champion.
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Excellence in the band world
I just happened upon your podcast as I was looking for listening experiences to help me be a better educator. I was recently named the new band director in my public high school in Chambersburg, PA. I’m also alumna of ABC! I went through and downloaded about 20 of your podcasts and have been listening to them! Very informative and exciting. Thank you!
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This podcast is amazing! My professor Andy Pease is featured in one of the podcasts and as assignments for his class we have to listen to certain podcasts on this channel. This helps to expand our knowledge of music and band, while hearing what other composers and teachers stories are and who they are. Connects the music learning in class to who writes the piece and have more meaning to interpreting the piece. Such a great method of education!
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I’m waiting to get into other great podcasts about band because I’m burning through the backlog. I find myself making notes often, taking screenshots of a section to go back to and leaving myself notes to try next week or next year.
Mark, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I just listened to YOUR episode after Midwest. Thank you for sharing your session and some of your origin story. I’m newer to the podcast so I have only pieced together a little of your history.