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It’s Not About A Title

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(This post was first written as part of SARV BLOG. It is reproduced here with some edits by the author.) I loathe the end of the school year. I cannot stand goodbyes. It has gotten to the point that I don’t even go to commencement because I do not trust that…

5 Years Have Flown By

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As I scan through years and years of posts to this blog I see that I (and now Jen Ables) have kept our posts to business: leadership, drum majoring, band, etc. I noticed that at no point was the passing of George N. Parks noted in this blog beyond the…

Introducing the Fermata Cutoff

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DMA @ Kutztown University (offered by Vivace Productions, Inc.) is well underway! The students are working very hard on their conducting basics and were introduced to the mechanics of the “hold and cut” technique: a short fermata and how to cut the band off at its conclusion.  Sean Donnelly – staff member and Director of Bands at Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island – gives students individualized instruction and assistance in this quick video clip!

DMA @ North Central College in Naperville, Illinois

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Chris Cansler is working his magic out in Naperville with the DMA folks!  It’s going to be a fantastic week out there–a phenomenal staff LOADED with professional music educators and a visit by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser near the end. Yesterday was Day One and Chris took the block “out for…