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.

High Teen Standards

Over the years, however, and too many times – I’ve seen good people have to drop out of band due to decisions made in some of these couplings. A few years ago, I got a response from a former student…..

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What crushes their dreams?

The good news is that with a systematic strategy, many students can get into higher priced schools paying less than they might have to go to a lower priced option.

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The PSAT is more than just a practice test

If you treat the PSAT like it doesn’t really matter, like the average high school student treats most homework and tests, then it will not help you. But if you are willing to “practice and prepare”, it can help you get significant money for college. 

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I WANT To Trust You

“Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honesty, I lose myself.” –William Shakespear “Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.”–Janis Joplin “Some things are black and white, right and wrong, good and bad. Honesty is one of those things. You

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Typical band performance schedule?

Some marching bands put their performance schedule on the back of the shirt. Would this one even fit?

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Android Blue Screen of Death, but no panic

My phone died suddenly, but not totally unexpectedly (it had been increasingly acting up), when it went to the Android blue screen of death, but no panic. I was both prepared and pleasantly surprised with the smooth transition to a new

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10+ Values Marching Band Students learn

By John Gardner See Teens At Their Best This is a followup article to an article, “14 Ways to Volunteer for a Marching Band to Appreciate and Applaud what is Good about Teenage America”, which focused on ways to share

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Long Range, Laser Focused Goal Achievement

Dr. David’s story should be an encouragement to all students from families of modest means, demonstrating that “Good Grades Do Pay” and that, even though families of privilege have an unfair advantage, determination and perseverance can break through a lot of barriers.

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Marching Band Freshmen and Newbie Survival Guide

The biggest challenge is for newbies to grasp the concept. Some come to us after being big, bossy 8th graders in the Middle School…and now they are….rookies. Our eighth graders get to spend time in both worlds.

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10 Reasons Teachers and Coaches Make Good Fundraisers

At my first teaching position, I replaced the band director who went into fundraising. My fundraising rep was a former band director. Four years later I left to start a fundraising career. Of the fifteen reps in our ‘District’ — over half were band directors. The company owners were band directors who had broken off from another company run by band directors.

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