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In this episode, Emmett and Brandon discuss the marching band uniform and design process with Chris Walls of Fruhauf Uniforms. Topics included:

  • Design considerations
  • Materials
  • Timeline
  • Ordering Best Practices
  • Qualities of an outstanding uniform

In addition to being a wealth of knowledge in the area of marching band uniforms, Mr. Walls is also an accomplished band director and conductor. His biography is below.

Chris Walls

Christopher Walls is a visionary conductor who has brought artistic excellence, audience engagement, and the joy of learning about music to several communities across the nation with renowned success. His broad background and interests include positions as Music Director, Associate Conductor, mentor to young musicians and leadership clinician.

As a freelance conductor in Dallas, Walls is working diligently to bring music to the public through pre-concert lectures, rehearsal clinics, and strong relationships with public schools. Walls had the fortunate opportunity to study conducting under the tutelage of Gary J. Lewis, Gisele Ben-Dor, Allan McMurray, Gary Garner, and James Setapen.

In addition to his musical contributions, Christopher is a proud representative of Fruhauf Uniforms, Inc.

Outside his studies, Christopher Walls is an avid mountaineer, trout fisherman and cook.

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After a long hiatus, Emmett and Brandon discuss the early National Band Contests. We share five interesting facts and lasting impacts of the events which include:

  • Early influences of the musical instrument manufacturers
  • Humble beginnings and rapid growth
  • Influenced band instrumentation
  • Influenced band repertoire and publishers
  • Fostered early discussions about adjudication and evaluation of performances

Much of content for this show is available because of the outstanding scholarship of a number of historians. To learn more about the early National Band Contests we recommend the following sources:

  • Fonder, M. (1989). The Wisconsin School Music Association and Its Contests: The Early Years. Journal of Research in Music Education, 37(2), 112–131.
  • Fonder, M. (1988). The Instrument Manufacturing Industry and the School Band Movement: A Look at the “Holton School Band Plan.” Journal of Band Research, 24(1), 44–52.
  • Keene, J. (1982). A History of Music Education in the United States. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.
  • Hansen, R.K. (2005). The American Wind Band: A Cultural History. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Humphreys, J. T. (1989). An Overview of American Public School Bands and Orchestras before World War II. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, (101), 50–60.
  • Maddy, J. E. (1957). The Battle of Band Instrumentation. Music Educators Journal, 44(1), 30–35.
  • Silvey, B. A. (2009). The 1923 Schools Band Contest of America. Journal of Band Research, 45(1), 56–63.
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We discuss the role podcasting can play in student instruction in music and professional development for music educators. This is a companion podcast to our presentation at the 2012 ATMI/College Music Society Technology Pre-Conference in San Diego, CA November 14, 2012.

Podcasting Resources Mentioned:

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Emmett and Brandon welcome Nathan Johnston, former director of bands at McClintock High School and Jordan Sayre from Valencia High School in Los Lunes, New Mexico. We discuss the process of finding, cultivating, and selecting student leaders; the roles student leadership can play in a successful program; common challenges; and ways to assess if your student leadership structure is working.

Nathan Johnston

Nathan Johnston is pursuing a PhD in Music Education in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He conducts the Wind ensembles within the Phoenix Youth Symphony organization. Additionally, he is the Assistant Director of Instrumental Music at Mesa Community College and teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member at Ottawa University in their music education program. Prior to ASU, Nathan was the Director of Bands at McClintock High School. Nathan completed his M.Ed. from Auburn University and B.M. from Arizona State University. He continues to work actively as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor around Arizona.

Jordan Sayre

Jordan Sayre is currently in his 3rd year as the Associate Band Director at Valencia High School in the Los Lunas Public School District where he directs the Symphonic band and Big Band Jazz Ensemble. He also assists with the Jaguar Marching Band which has won numerous accolades. Along with his duties at the high School, Mr. Sayre also teaches beginning band at Peralta and Bosque Farms elementary and assists with the concert band and the 4 time State champion Jaguar Band at Valencia Middle School. Mr. Sayre earned his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from The University of New Mexico.

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In this episode, Brandon and Emmett discuss repertoire selection with Jordan Sayre, associate band director at Valencia High School.

Topics include:

  • Resources for finding repertoire
  • Balancing student interests, audience appeal, personal interest, and educational goals
  • Repertoire’s importance in instructional design
  • Suitability vs. Quality

Some resources mentioned:

Jordan Sayre

Jordan Sayre is currently in his 3rd year as the Associate Band Director at Valencia High School in the Los Lunas Public School District where he directs the Symphonic band and Big Band Jazz Ensemble. He also assists with the Jaguar Marching Band which has won numerous accolades. Along with his duties at the high School, Mr. Sayre also teaches beginning band at Peralta and Bosque Farms elementary and assists with the concert band and the 4 time State champion Jaguar Band at Valencia Middle School. Mr. Sayre earned his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from The University of New Mexico.

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In this seventh episode we discuss how music technology can play a role in the general music classroom with Abbie Van Klompenberg, an outstanding music educator here in the Phoenix area. We discuss different pedagogical techniques she has used in her program, ways to develop lessons with technology, and strategies for getting started. Lots of great information from a great teacher.

Abbie recently wrote about her journey through the National Board Certification for the online music education publication Leading Notes.

About Abbie Van Klompenberg

Abbie Van Klompenberg

Abigail Van Klompenberg is a K-8 General Music and Choral teacher in the Littleton Elementary School District No. 65 (Avondale, Arizona). She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Western Michigan University and her Master’s in Music Education from Arizona State University. Upon graduation from ASU, she was named Outstanding Graduate Student from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts for her accomplishment in the field of music education.

In 2010, Mrs. Van Klompenberg authored and won the Wallace A. Denehy grant, providing funds to create a digital music and composition lab in her elementary general music classroom. Mrs. Van Klompenberg has presented at the local, state, and national level including the 2012 Arizona Music Education Association’s Conference and the 2011 Mountain Lake Colloquium for teachers of general music methods. Other academic interests include creativity through composition, integration of popular music and popular culture into the music classroom, and project-based learning.

You can follow Abigail on Twitter @namelesstweet.

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