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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. I don’t even go to commencement because I might break down into tears. Frankly, I hate endings. There is, however,…

got band?

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Ever wished half time didn’t end?! Well, we’ve got just the cure for you this upcoming weekend on October 4th in Allentown, PA!  Since 1996, the College Marching Band Festival has been entertaining audiences with an ever-growing list of performances from a variety of colleges throughout the country. This year’s…

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…

Welcome Back to School!

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If you hadn’t already started, then by now it’s official: school is back in session!  For those of you entering your senior year of high school, perhaps you have given some thought to continuing your education at a local college or university.  If that’s the case, your participation in your…


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JMU Marching Royal Dukes …and the livin’ is easy.”  Or it was, because summer is almost over and what lies ahead is anything but easy. Now the true work begins, where you take all you learned at DMA® and put it to good use. We filled your leadership tool box…

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!