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100 Broadcasts and Running!

304417_333112973452902_1444244306_nWe are proud to announce another milestone here at The Marching Podcast Network. On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, we will be broadcasting our 100th episode on The Marching Podcast Network: Chop It Up with Joshua Cousin. We are blessed and honored to reach this milestone and would not have done it without the listeners and our entire staff. We also want to give thanks to all the people that have broadcast shows on our network and all the people that helped with each broadcast directly and indirectly.

We want The Marching Podcast to be a series of positive podcasts that help inspire young people to do great things and make a balanced decision concerning the college they choose to attend. It it also for the adults to have a platform to reach these young people and be a positive benchmark for the rest of the world. Our passion is to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). We strive to provide scholarships to help increase the number of scholarships available and create excitement for HBCU’s. Similar to The Cosby Show and A Different World, we want The Marching Podcast to be that beacon of light and prosperity.

Each podcast has helped with the growth of the network and has also helped bring more listeners to a variety of our network’s other shows. At this time, I want to attempt to say “thanks” to everyone. Thank you to all the shows that have broadcast on The Marching Podcast Network, the people that have helped with audio quality and creative presentation, and last but not least our sponsors and patrons that allow us to broadcast during peak hours (please see the list below for more details). Special thanks to Collin Welbon our Director of Editing, who just recently boosted his career by taking a new job editing for a software company where he lives in San Francisco but will still be able to edit our posts. Another special thanks to all the experts that call in and help me host the 90 Degree Show.

Podcasts Shows:

Talking HBCU News with The Reeds

That’s What I’m Talking About with David Thompson and Howard Payne

Medicina with Irene Vizcarra

The Wright Way with Bert Wright

Eight to Five with Chris Jones

Brass WoodSheddin’ with Avery McFadden

Percussion WoodSheddin’ with Kerian Cox


Troy Milton

Marice Bailey

Rashad Watters

Tyrone McCollumn

Vibert Garraway

Steve Johnson

Brian Rose

Garrett Edgerson

Audio Quality and Creative Presentation:

David Thompson – Male voice over, suggested the Blue Yeti

John Pickens – Gave us applications to record Skype calls and suggestions for audio editing

Erika Jones Purvis – Female Voice-over

Jarrett Carter Sr. of HBCU Digest – Listening to his show was the final influence that got us started

BlogTalkRadio University and BTR Support

Sponsors and Patrons:

Howard Payne (Patron)

Liquid Effex Photography

Big Deal Fundraising

Universal Credit Sources

Bandhead.Org and HBCUBands.com

Marching 8 to 5


Block Band Music

Brass Literature from McFadden



Arban: Complete Conservatory Method, ed. Goldman and Smith (C. Fischer)

Saint-Jacome: Grand Method (C. Fischer)


Clarke: Elementary Studies (C. Fischer)

Robinson: Rubank Elementary Method (Rubank)

Gordon: Physical Approach to Elementary Brass Playing (C. Fischer)


Clarke: Technical Studies (C. Fischer)

The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method, Books 1-3 (Alfred)

Schlossberg: Daily Drills and Technical Studies (M. Baron)

Smith: Lip Flexibility (C. Fischer)

Colin: Advanced Lip Flexibilities (C. Colin)

Gower and Voxman (ed.): Rubank Advanced Method (Rubank)

Chavanne: 25 Characteristic Studies, ed. Voisin (International) Stamp: Warm-ups plus Studies (Editions Bim)


Charlier: Etudes transcendantes (A. Leduc)

Clarke: Characteristic Studies (C. Fischer)

Preparing for an Audition

Looking for some brief but helpful tips to get ready for an upcoming music audition? If so, you can find all of the essential advice below to enlighten yourself on the basics from Day 1 of your preparation to the actual audition.  Good Luck!

Know Exactly What is Required

You should thoroughly know the exact requirements for the audition that you are preparing for. When you register, you will be provided with all of the information that you’ll need. It’s extremely vital that you be very familiar with what you’ll need to work on so that you can begin practicing, and go purchase any materials that you may need for the audition. If there is a a specific piece for all, it will most likely be provided. If you are allowed to select your own piece, be sure that it falls within the time constraints and genre requirements that have been listed.

Also note if your audition will take place in front of judges or if you’ll be behind a screen. This will be important when you decide what you’ll be wearing. For those new to auditions, you may need to take some time to get comfortable playing alone as well as with people watching you.  More on these things in a bit.

Prepare Your Music & Do Not Procrastinate

Sight-reading Info from McFadden

A couple of years ago, I asked my good friend Avery for advice on sight-reading.  Avery has touched on this a little in some of the previous episodes but I found an email he wrote me on sight-reading, and I wanted to share it with you.

Thirty-two Etudes for Trumpet or Cornet by Sigmund Hering

Remember, just keep it slow, and use a metronome to practice.  Break them down into like 8 bars at a time, and speed it up as you get more comfortable with it.  Before you try to run it down the first time, look at for a minute, and try to recognize scale and arpeggio patters, and rhythms that you are not familiar with.  Try signing them on beat before you attempt to play.

Fall Format Starting In September

Greetings bandheads! We really appreciate the feedback  and feel great about our future. In a previous post, we talked about Tuesdays and Thursdays being a part of the network. We will start a portion of our new programming in September with Chris Jones and “The 8 to 5 Show”. “The Blunote Show” and “The Dentist Show” with Darian Hampton are in the works, but they also will premier sometime in September with a proper introduction of each host. Then on Thursdays, we will be broadcasting another episode of “Woodsheddin’ with McFadden”. In addition, we will be talking with Collin Welbon who is the content editor for The Marching Podcast.

The majority of our Tuesday development series’ shows will be pre-recorded, so that we are able to provide you, the listeners, with more information within our 30 minute time frame. Before we broadcast a live episode, we will alert you so you can be prepared to listen live as well as call and talk with our experts.
We are most excited about the fall format for “The 90 Degree Show”. The fall format will be a recap of a battle between two college’s bands from that weekend. We are looking for any feedback on games to cover this fall. Currently, we are looking to follow Gerald Howard, the creator and owner of BandHead.org, who covers the biggest marching band matchups of each week. We will post what matchups will be selected before the season starts this fall. We are certain we will be at the JSU Southern game, but we want to find four games to highlight this season. If anyone has any ideas, please leave comments on this post, email us or tweet at us @marchingpodcast.

Instrument Selection for Young Ladies

This is a brief continuation to a caller’s question that came up on the show yesterday (July 15th). The caller inquired about the distinguishing characteristics between female vs. male preparation to play brass instruments, because there seems to be more of a challenge getting females to play in the brass section.

Since I did not have time to fully answer the caller’s question, I wanted to take the time to address the latter part of the question here, which I believe is a topic that goes deep into the mind of the female adolescent. Speaking from my experience as a Middle School Band Director, the brass instrument is not “what’s hot in the streets” to a 11 or 12 year old young lady. You will not see anyone playing a trombone serenading a couple while the guy proposes in a romantic setting, or a trumpet player dressed in white linen making sultry dance moves in a music video by the latest pop star. These instruments are not traditionally portrayed as being “sexy”.

If you’ve ever been in a school band, you may remember that very first day where the director gives a demonstration of each instrument and explains the importance of its role in the band. During this time, he or she is probably not selling all the instruments equally, because we already know that most of the boys are going to run to the back to play drums, and all the girls to a small, dainty instrument that can fit into their book bag, which is most likely the flute or clarinet. This is, of course, with the exception to those who already have an instrument that an older sibling played or have made up their minds to be the next Freddie Hubbard. Besides, whoever said it’s not cool to lug a tenor sax case through the halls and down the block?  To the average young lady joining band, it’s more about convenience, or being “cute”.  To the director, it’s about building and maintaining a balanced band program.

By no means do I say these things to bash on you young ladies. Believe me, we are just excited that you have decided to give the band a shot. I say these things to encourage you to go against the grain, if you wish to play an instrument in a male-dominated section. You have the right to play the instrument that you desire.  I’m always impressed to see a young lady playing bari sax or tuba, and they are usually very good players. Think about the future opportunities you’ll experience traveling, meeting new people, and other advantages you’ll have being an elite musician playing an “uncommon instrument”.

Being different is a gift with which we are all born. Don’t misuse it by trying to fit in.

Avery L. McFadden

Updates for the Rest of the Month and August.

Thanks for following our blog and thanks for listening to our network. We are proud to say that we are making great progress with the network and received confirmation with a great lineup of guests for the Choppin it Up show. This Sunday we go to the WoodShed with Avery McFadden. The following week the 22nd we talk with Lolita Carter of Dominguez Hills and City Sound. The 29th we talk with Robert Conner of Cream Percussion, and start the month of August with The 90 Degree Show: Goodbye the Capital City Classic with co host Marice Bailey. Marice will give the vibe and the word on the street in Jackson. In the middle of August we will chop it up with Christine Ngeo Katzman of Halftime Mag, and Tim Hinton of the Marching Roundtable To wrap up the month of August we will talk to Maleta Wilson of HBCU Tours. Stay tuned for spoilers on how we will handle the upcoming marching season!

Suggested Literature

Thanks for reading our blog! We update the blog for the marching podcast to give more detailed information about TMP, upcoming interviews, more information about our instructors, scholarship alerts, and suggested literature from our resident experts. Avery and Jason are instructors and part of instruction is literature on the subject at hand. There are lots of good books out there to propel success and open our minds to more knowledge. On the top right of our blog there is tab for suggested literature. This tab contains all the books that have cleared the expertise of our resident instructors and advise our listeners to read them to advance themselves. When there are updates to this tab we will post a notice to check it out. Avery has updated the literature tab with books for trumpet from beginner to advanced. We hope you enjoy and find something informative to lead your way!