Author: John Gardner
15 yrs experience as a high school band director. 14 yrs as college adjunct faculty. 30+ yrs in the fundraising industry and 24 yrs as a small business owner. (Don't add all those up.). Experience in both the fundraising sales and education worlds give me a unique combination of perspectives in both. I love working with the youthful enthusiasm of today's teenage achievers and with those who work with them.Also 4yrs as proprietor of VirtualMusicOffice.com, which offers a wide variety of virtual services including web/blog design/hosting/managing, social media management (scheduling posts/tweets for maximum impact and brand enhancement) and small business consulting - specializing in school product fundraising.

Pre-Digital-Devices Fidget Spinner

My pre-band childhood version of a fidget spinner may have accomplished something. Held on sides w/thumbs and spun w/other fingers. Nimble fingers help high-speed clarinet-ing or keyboarding?

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Teens are worth it!

Those of you in the adulting business, know that you can have a positive impact. Try, even when you don’t see the results, or the result isn’t what you hoped for. And then, when you get one of these occasional notes, recharge your advocating batteries and keep at it.

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And the band plays on – at Graduation

Seniors are gone and school is out. Marching band, for many, is already up and running and the next year is under way. The local band has a parade performance three weeks after school is out.

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Marching Band Myth Busters: Why I Can’t Be In Marching Band

“I am not in marching band because… I can’t march, can’t memorize music, need a job, am in sports”…etc. All MYTHS. Check out these myth-busters.

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All Music Award

ISSMA All-Music Award to Huntington North Total Department

Posted in High Schools, Personal experience, Teaching, Teaching Music

“Don’t do education!”

…there are so many things you do without thinking about them — that you’ll be a terrible teacher. How will you explain playing in tune? You do it, but you can’t tell me how. What are you going to do when your band gets some technically difficult passage, just tell ’em to ‘play it’? How will you explain hearing what you see? A performer never has to explain those things. And besides, you don’t want to waste your time on teenagers. They are high maintenance, make stupid decisions and ruin their lives. And your failures will significantly out number your successes. Don’t do education. Be a performer and get paid for what you can do.

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Dear Drum Major Candidates

We have five amazing candidates auditioning for Drum Major. I sent them the following note to let them know that WE (directors) know how hard they’ve been working. I wish we could pick them all…..

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Will you build YOUR dream, or someone else’s?

I have helped dreamers and hired dream helpers. I prefer being the dreamer and more in charge of my own destiny.

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Domain decisions

The initial price is only for those who auto renew. The LOWER price is for those who might leave.

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Safety, Transparency and Reputation when Coaching Students

By John Gardner For a short while during my earliest teen years, without concern about walking to and into his home, I studied piano with a single guy who lived a few blocks away. During high school freshman year, I took

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