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Monetizing the Band Blog

As a 30-yr veteran school product fundraiser, I utilize words like fundraising, money-making, profit, etc. Merging that fundraising mindset with my high school teaching assignment, I look for creative “monetizing” ideas to make the band blog an income stream.

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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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7 C’s Students Deserve from Teachers

Students are worth fighting (advocating) for and deserve teachers who CAN (proficient, competent), who CARE (compassionate, empathetic), who CONNECT (communicate with, not at), who COLLABORATE and COMMUNICATE with colleagues and parents, who COORDINATE all that goes into providing an organized, informed and inspiring atmosphere, and who CHALLENGE what constricts their enthusiasm. I want to be one of those.

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Digitizing Media as a Profit Center

I asked a group of band parents how many had LP and VHS media at home. Someone asked me back if I was including 45’s and Beta. Oh my! Yes. Most of the adults in the room raised their hands. When I asked how many had a way to play them, about 3/4 of those hands went down. When I asked if they knew how, or knew how to get that media digitized (put on CD/DVD, etc), almost every hand went down.

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3 Scholarship Strategies That Worked for Me and Mine

It used to be that “March Madness” meant more than just basketball. The school would emphasize the mostly local scholarships that would be awarded and presented on “Achievement Night” toward the end of the school year. There is still a push in mid-spring, but the local Guidance Department now organizes scholarships by application due date and there is clearly a newer emphasis on working at the scholarship process throughout the (mostly) senior year.

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Solo and Ensemble Contest Prep: Scoresheet Categories

By John Gardner Music students from my school participate in ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) sanctioned solo and ensemble district and state level competitions. ISSMA copyrights their judging forms. Many categories for solo contests are fairly universal, and as

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4 Influential Men in My Life

By John Gardner “Individuals who made it out of poverty usually cite an individual who made a significant difference for them.” -Ruby Payne, PhD “I can cite four.” -John Gardner On Thanksgiving Day 2014, I learned that James Copenhaver, my

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5 Stars or is that 10?

Need some blog writing ideas…..

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Follow your Dream

By John Gardner Anyone with a face book can find entries like, “Ugh, have to work today” or “only 2 more hours ’til I get off”…. How many people do you know who are in jobs they hate? What is

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I Swear…NOT!

By John Gardner Swearing, cussing, cursing …. or whatever you want to call it, has been around forever. And lately, it seems, it has been around more than I like….. he finds the door locked and, not knowing I was near, unloads a string

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