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Band Camp Prank: Marching Band and Fire Truck

I posted the picture below and got feedback asking how we did that…. so below the pic are some steps and suggestion. Additional pictures below. My father was a 32-yr fire fighter and I spent much of my childhood around

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10+ Ways To Improve Volunteer Booster Meetings

By John Gardner Everybody who likes going to business meetings – raise your hand! Exactly. In this “Band as a Business” series, I will share experiences from my small business experience running a fundraising distributorship and cross-compare similarities to running

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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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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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Band Students Make Better Employees

By John Gardner Teens are looking for part-time jobs during high school. Common is the parental directive that he must at least pay the insurance and for the gas to drive the family car — or to purchase her own

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Band Freshman vs General Population Freshman

Seniors ignore freshmen and freshmen steer clear of seniors….except for BAND freshmen!

Marching band starts just days after graduation with rehearsals in June and a two-week band camp prior to school. So, by the time non-band freshmen arrive, band freshmen have 100 friends, including seniors.

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Plot Your Course, Lock It In, Make It So and Boldly Go!

by John Gardner I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions because failure is anticipated and minimized, indicating a lack of real resolve.┬áPeople resolve to lose weight, but surrender to the flurry of New Year’s fast food restaurant

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Teens will listen

I have always believed that if you show them that you really care about them as an individual, and treat them with dignity and respect, that they will give it to you in return. I think you can see that in this picture – can’t you?

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Example: Colleges Pay for those who Play WELL

“I’m paying for your college education one week at a time. By the time you graduate you should be good enough that someone will pay you to come to their school.”

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