Category Archives: Directors Series

2021 Director’s Series / Diary of a Mad Band Director Episode 4: Journey to Sound Living Part II

 

The 2021 Directors Series Podcast / Diary of a Mad Band Director: written by TD Hollins Head Band Director at North Carolina Central University. Episode 4: Journey To Sound Living Part II

You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Diary-Mad-Band-Director-Hollins/dp/1984538322

In this episode we talk about Chapters 7-10 of Part B and Part C the conclusion to the book. Here Director Hollins continues with the format building a band program and in Part C gives advice on the Journey to Sound Living and his acknowledgments on writing the book.

This podcast is brought to you by SAY Marketing and Promotions, Block Band Music & Publishing Kevin Peete Block Us Up – Band Blog Smokee O’s BBQ Math-Sci Tutoring and Educational Services Lamik’s Video Sofia’s BBQ and Fish & Bull City Music School

Check out our website http://www.themarchingpodcast.com/ you can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast, and follow our blog at https://themarchingpodcast.blog/ We hope you enjoy the show!

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2021 Directors Series Podcast Episode 3: Journey To Sound Living Part I

 

The 2021 Directors Series Podcast / Diary of a Mad Band Director: written by TD Hollins Head Band Director at North Carolina Central University. Episode 3: Journey To Sound Living Part I

You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Diary-Mad-Band-Director-Hollins/dp/1984538322 In this episode we talk about Chapters 1 -5 of Part B. Here Director Hollins formats building a band program like starting a business and creating a business model for success.

This podcast is brought to you by SAY Marketing and Promotions, Block Band Music & Publishing Kevin Peete Block Us Up – Band Blog Smokee O’s BBQ Math-Sci Tutoring and Educational Services Lamik’s Video Sofia’s BBQ and Fish & Bull City Music School

Check out our website http://www.themarchingpodcast.com/ you can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast, and follow our blog at https://themarchingpodcast.blog/ We hope you enjoy the show!

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2021 Director’s Series Podcast Ep. 2 Let The Madness Begin

 

The 2021 Directors Series Podcast / Diary of a Mad Band Director: written by TD Hollins Head Band Director at North Carolina Central University. Episode 2: Let the Madness Begin Part II

You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Diary-Mad-Band-Director-Hollins/dp/1984538322

In this episode we talk about the second part of Part A. Here we discuss getting his first professional opportunity and the experiences through the end of Chapter 10 of Part A.

This podcast is brought to you by SAY Marketing and Promotions, Block Band Music & Publishing Kevin Peete Block Us Up – Band Blog Smokee O’s BBQ Math-Sci Tutoring and Educational Services Lamik’s Video Sofia’s BBQ and Fish & Bull City Music School

Check out our website http://www.themarchingpodcast.com/ you can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast, and follow our blog at https://themarchingpodcast.blog/ We hope you enjoy the show!

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2021 Director’s Series Podcast /Episode 1: Let the Madness Begin

 

The 2021 Directors Series Podcast / Diary of a Mad Band Director: written by TD Hollins Head Band Director at North Carolina Central University. Episode 1: Let the Madness Begin

You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Diary-Mad-Band-Director-Hollins/dp/1984538322

In this episode we talk about Part A of the book. Here we discuss the origins, where he went to school and his experiences in the beginning of his career as a director and how these experiences shaped his life.

This podcast is brought to you by SAY Marketing and Promotions, Block Band Music & Publishing Kevin Peete Block Us Up – Band Blog Smokee O’s BBQ Math-Sci Tutoring and Educational Services Lamik’s Video Sofia’s BBQ and Fish & Bull City Music School

Check out our website http://www.themarchingpodcast.com/ you can email the show at marchingpodcast@gmail.com, tweet us @marchingpodcast, and follow our blog at https://themarchingpodcast.blog/ We hope you enjoy the show!

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We are now LIVE!! Programming for 2018-19

Hello Everyone…It has been a great summer and we are happy to welcome you back to the fall for another great season of programming with The Marching Podcast Network. We are happy to announce that starting new this year we are going to broadcast all of our shows live to YouTube. In addition we will keep a day and time consistent for our viewers to expect us to be on the air throughout the calendar year.

THE 90 DEGREE SHOW

The 90 Degree Show will broadcast live starting on Mondays September 3rd at 930pm EST…. The 2018-19 90 Degree Show Vol.1 with Bridgette Bell and Rashad Waters. We are also excited to announce the return of The PrunAlysis Podcast with Rashad in conjunction with The 90 Degree Show this Fall. These broadcasts will continue throughout the college football season. We will miss the Great Christy Walker as a regular on the show. She is going to concentrate on her education but has wished us the best of luck and will be welcome to be a guest or a part of the show if she desires.

CHOPPIN’ IT UP

At the conclusion of the College Band Season (Last Major Battle of the Bands at the end of the season) we will start the most listened to podcast on the network, the interview series Choppin’ It Up at 6:30pm EST on Sundays in the Spring.

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY FOR MARCHING BANDS

In the Spring before graduation we will have our National Signing Day for Marching Band Podcast on Mondays at 9:30pm. Each year we will pick two high school seniors, one boy and one girl to tell us what school they will attend that fall. We will continue to support the students as they attend college so they are able to be successful and earn their degree.

DIRECTORS SERIES

Lastly we will continue our relationship with Dr. Kevin Davenport and our Directors Series Podcast. Dr. Davenport has recently accepted the position of Head Band Director at Simmons College in Louisville, KY but still is part of our family and we will continue to work with him. We plan to broadcast this podcast on Sundays in July at 6:30pm EST

We are excited about the new launch to stream our content live and we hope that you will continue to support the network. Make sure to hit the Subscribe button on our YouTube Channel to connect to our broadcasts!

The 2015 Directors Series Podcast

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We are happy to introduce the 2015 edition of the Director Series Podcast brought to you by The Marching Podcast and BlogTalkRadio. Last year, we had great feedback for the premiere of the 2014 series. Now, we hope to expand on the knowledge we gained last year. Leading our discussion this year will be our expert from last year, Dr. Kevin O. Davenport Ed.S. & Ed.D.

Dr. Kevin O. Davenport Ed.S. & Ed.D has spent 22 years in music education. He has taught all levels of band from elementary school to college, including 10 years as Director of Bands at IC Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA – his Alma mater.  While there, he built the marching band program from thirty-two members to two hundred in a school that had only six hundred students.
He has also served as Associate Director of Bands at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN where he was professor of Music Education for undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Davenport also has a website that you can view here.
The series is based on the book Practical Techniques For Building The High School Marching Band. Make sure to email Block Band Music and Publishing to get an autographed copy from Dr. Davenport. blockbandmusic@gmail.com.
The 2015 edition Director Series podcast will premiere on August 22, 2015. Check out the series below and set your reminder for the 2015 shows.

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Yearly Proactive Plan for Band Directors by Dr. Kevin O. Davenport

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This is a template for band directors to use to help them design their own Yearly Proactive Plan for their program. This allows the director to be on top of things and to think of things before they happen. The plan starts in June to signal the end of the school year. The actions below are based on six parts:

1. Performances

2. Preparation for performances

3. Position selections

4. Concert performances

5. PROACTIVE MEASURES

6. Administrative/managerial assignments

—————–End of the Academic Calendar——————

June

Play at graduation – Concert performances

Collect instruments and equipment – send out for repairs – Administrative/managerial assignments

Have beginning band class for rising fifth and sixth graders – Preparation for performances

Have intermediate band class for rising sixth seventh and eighth graders – Preparation for performances

Have advanced band class for rising eighth and ninth graders – Preparation for performances

July

Starting the third week of July have a marching band camp for new ninth graders, section leaders, and drum major 2 to 3 days a week. During this Camp, Work on musical fundamentals, marching fundamentals, band traditions and history, and indoctrinate into disciplinary procedures. Teach the freshman does star-spangled banter, the Alma Mater, and any other regular music played by the band. – Preparation for performances

August

Starting the first week of August, have a band rehearsal for all band members 2 to 3 days a week. Review all marching fundamentals and introduce music for the first show, as well as all traditional music to be played. During the second week of rehearsals, start the field placement for the first halftime show. Also begin working on the first show. – Preparation for performances

Pass out uniforms to returning band members – Administrative/managerial assignments

Fit new band members for uniforms – Administrative/managerial assignments

September

During class work on musical fundamentals, scales, and rhythm reading. – Preparation for performances

Begin to choose music for winter concert as well as spring adjudication. – Concert performances

Continue marching band performances – Performances

Start Fall fundraiser – Administrative/managerial assignments

October

During third week of October, pass out music to be performed at winter concert. – Preparation for performances

Begin working on this music. – Preparation for performances

Continue marching band performances – Performances

November

Began to wind down marching band, and begin perfecting music for winter concert. – Preparation for performances

Also choose other songs that are to be prepared for spring adjudication. – Administrative/managerial assignments

Spend time rehearsing Pep Band (were applicable) – Preparation for performances

Select destination for spring band trip – Concert performances

December

In the second or third week of December have the winter concert. – position selections

Also give students musical assignments to work on over winter break. – Concert performances

Continue to rehearse Pep band. – Preparation for performances

Select spring fund-raiser – Concert performances

 

—————–Start of the Calendar Year——————

January

Begin to prepare concert band for Adjudication/Spring Concert. – Preparation for performances

Begin to prepare Jazz band for spring performances – Preparation for performances

Begin Drum major tryout process. – position selections

Have pep band perform at selected basketball games – Performances

February

Continue preparation of concert band(s) – Preparation for performances

Continue preparation of Jazz band – Preparation for performances

Have Pep band perform at selected basketball Games – Performances

Continue Drum major tryout process – position selections

Take informal survey of band members that will be returning during the fall (including evaluation of what students will be graduating) – PROACTIVE MEASURES

March

Take concert band(s) to adjudication – Concert performances

Last week of March, begin to train band members on second instruments – PROACTIVE MEASURES

Continue the rehearse Jazz band – Preparation for performances

Select music for spring marching band camp – PROACTIVE MEASURES

Start spring fundraiser – Administrative/managerial assignments

April

Recruit at middle school feeders – Take band to the schools to perform – PROACTIVE MEASURES

Continue to rehearse concert band for Spring concert/ graduation – Preparation for performances

Take Jazz band to adjudication/festival – Performances

Have auxiliary tryouts – position selections

Conclude drum major tryouts – position selections

Continue training members on new instruments – PROACTIVE MEASURES

Begin to select music for fall – PROACTIVE MEASURES

Select destination for fall band trip(s) – PROACTIVE MEASURES

Have section leader interview/auditions – position selections

May

Have spring concert – Concert performances

Take spring band trip – Performances

Select fall fundraiser – PROACTIVE MEASURES

Have spring band camp for returning members – Preparation for performances

Have band awards Banquet – Administrative/managerial assignments

Collect band uniforms-clean and store – Administrative/managerial assignments

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Make sure to contact Block Band Music and Publishing and ask to get your copy of Dr. Davenport’s book:

Practical Techniques for Building the High School Marching Band

 

Dr. Kevin O. Davenport

Literature suggestions for Concert Band preparation from Dr. Kevin O. Davenport

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Book series:

Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” by Larry Blocher, Eugene Corporon, Ray Cramer and Tim Lautzenheiser. There are nine books in this series.

Concert band warmup books:

  1. Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks – Quincy Hillaird
  2. Symphonic Warm-ups for Band – Claude T. Smith

Rhythmic studies books:

Rhythmic Vocabulary – Ed Sueta (Note: You can download this document from the link provided.)

Fourteen Weeks to a Better Band – Roger Maxwell (There is a Junior High set and a Senior High set.)

 

All of this material is tax-deductible for a band director as work-related materials.

A list of suggested concert band pieces will come out soon through Block Band.

 

Dr. Kevin O. Davenport