Category Archives: Band

MER 12: Talking Band Uniforms with Chris Walls

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.

MER 11: The First National Band Contests: Interesting Facts and Lasting Impacts

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.

MER 09: Student Leadership

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.

MER 08: Selecting Repertoire

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.

MER 06: Music Technology, Band, and Building a Program with Dan Berard

Our guest for this episode was Dan Berard, Director of Bands at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. We discussed how Dan has built a thriving band program at a brand new school and learned about how a program in music technology and media arts has helped the music at program reach more students, broaden the learning opportunities available, and enhance the musical experiences of all involved.

Some of the links mentioned in the show are listed below. Mr. Berard will be a featured speaker at this summer’s College Band Director’s National Conference Band Education Symposium at Arizona State University

Links:

MER 05: Preview of the 2012 CBDNA Band Education Symposium

In this episode we get a preview of the 2012 CBDNA Band Education Symposium at Arizona State University. We talk with ASU’s director of ensemble studies and host of the conference, Gary Hill, and CBDNA national president Eric Rombach-Kendall about new ideas in music education and what will be presented at the Summer Band Education Symposium.

Links discussed during show: