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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

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Block Band Music

Two Instruments: Is it Necessary?

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During a long conversation with a parent of a 7th-grade cello player, we discussed the possible reasons behind her lack of practicing. The school she attends is fortunate enough to provide students with instruments, which they can sign-out and bring home as they please. Being both reasonable and realistic, the parent only asked for her to bring the instrument home on the weekend. Conveniently, the child “forgets” to bring the cello home.

To summarize our entire conversation, students in the 6th-9th grades are very concerned about their image. Toting a large instrument case, or any size for that matter, may not be the “coolest” thing in the eyes of their peers. Unfortunately, they care deeply about what their peers think of them at this age. In this particular case, the 7th-grade also student rode the school bus, which brings on an entirely different set of physical challenges that add to the existing image concerns.

Ultimately, the parent asked if I thought it was worth purchasing an instrument for her to keep at home so that she wouldn’t have to take the cello back and forth. In this situation, my answer is definitely “Yes.” It’s always good to own the instrument, so the child knows that you have invested in their extracurricular activity. This may inspire them to take it more seriously and not just see it as a class they were forced to take. Also, by having the instrument at home, accessibility is no longer an issue, so 30 minutes of daily practice should be incorporated into their daily schedule.

However, if you have purchased an instrument because the school does not supply one, I do not think you should purchase a second instrument just so the student can leave one at school. Most students do not have this luxury, and eventually should grow to appreciate their new interest, embrace their hobby, and have pride in being a part of the school band or orchestra. It will take some time (some longer than others), but please keep them motivated and it’ll all work out.

Here’s a list of ideas that may help speed up the process:

1. Take students to see professional band and symphony concerts whenever you have the opportunity

2. Listen to music that features the instrument he or she is learning to play

3. Find similarities between instrumental music and their favorite music genres and relate it to their everyday lives

4. Have them learn about famous people who play their instrument

5. Always try to make it fun and keep them engaged

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