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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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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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Everything I Need To Know I Learned In Band, Part 1

by John Gardner Searching at home for a book, I discovered a 1989 edition of Robert Fulghum’s book,¬†All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. What an easy read of short, humorous, 2-3 page stories of events most

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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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“Getting out of the rut” no longer works with teens

I came into a program that was stable, consistent, well-rounded — but with few exceptional accomplishments in marching band competition. I told them,

“If you keep doing the things you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting the results you’ve been getting.”

I tried to use the analogy of “getting out of the rut”. It did NOT work. I now know why.

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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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S-Steps To Success

By John Gardner Super Size Poster At the end of my first semester at my current school, I gave a “talk” at the Band Banquet Awards….. I’ve made some edits for outdated details and for a more general audience, but

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5 Considerations to Making a leap of Faith

You are, after all, standing on solid ground. It is safe where you are. You KNOW where you are and are in your comfort zone. You look over the edge and see danger. You could fall, you could fail. You could get hurt.

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“Challenger” – an emotional marching band show

It is fitting to design a show about the Challenger Shuttle disaster on this, the 30th year anniversary. Like other major events; Pearl Harbor, President Kennedy Assassination, 9-11… people old enough to remember know exactly where they were and how they heard about Challenger.

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14+ Ways to Volunteer for a Marching Band to Appreciate and Applaud What is Good About Teenage America

by John Gardner In a quick search on variations of “teen school behavior”, “teen behavior” and such, I found links to a several behavior modification schools, advertisements for parental survival guides, places that want to segregate teens to ranches or

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