Conversations with teachers, composers, and performers of music for winds and percussion.
Dr. Ronald Wooten is a professor of music at Northern Illinois University and has a long history of success as a band director and music educator. He joined the show to spin an entertaining story of his life and share some tremendous wisdom.
Special Episode: Jake Walker and Colin Peters
In this special episode we welcome Colin Peters and Jake Walker to the podcast and interview them to learn their stories and hear their plans for the future of the podcast. Topics covered include origin stories, teaching during COVID, teaching beginners, and their answers to the big questions.
Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin is the director of bands at Penn State University. She joined the show to share the story of her career, challenges that she has faced, and some thoughts about concert band programming.
Jared Cassedy is the current band director at Lexington High School in Massachusetts, after teaching in New Hampshire for many years. He was the 2015 recipient of the Grammy Music Educator of the Year award and offers some great perspective for all band directors.
Steve Danyew is a composer living in Rochester, New York. He has written several very successful for band, including Magnolia Star and Into the Silent Land.
Frank Troyka was a longtime band director in Richardson, Texas and now serves as an adjunct instructor at SMU, educational consultant for Conn-Selmer, and director of education for System Blue.
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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!
Used for school purposes
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!
Love This Podcast
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.