Since our content is growing and we are producing more shows to bring to you the listener, we have exhausted Sundays and need to move our operations to a second and third day of the week. After a careful thought process, we selected Tuesdays and Thursdays as the second and third days to broadcast our shows here on The Marching Network. Our time slot for both days will be 830pm pacific, 1130pm eastern. With the birth of Tuesday and Thursday broadcasts we are moving the development series to Tuesdays (8 to 5, DDS, and Blunote) and giving Choppin it Up it’s own day at 830pm pst 1130pm est. We are still looking for a drum instructor and a woodwind instructor to fill in the other Thursdays.
With the upcoming marching season we want the 90 Degree Show to recap a matchup from the weekend and allow people who attended the game time to voice their opinions. During marching season especially October, we will look to find the best matchups and possibly have 2 90 degree shows in order to cover more battles just to keep consistency and even distribution of contents.
We also want to conduct more podcast interviews. Currently with a 30 minute show it goes by fast and if there is a caller there is less time to bring up topics for the guest to comment on. In addition it is harder to get one person to be available at the designated time on Sunday on a consistent basis. We want to cater to the guest and their schedules so we want to interview everyone twice where one interview is live for people to ask questions and another is a podcast to give out more information about the guest and/or their projects. We have Twitter and email, so if there is a question that the listener has we will make sure to answer it in a reply or in a blog post. We want to cover as much information as possible within the allocated time slot.
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!
The Blunote Show is our show for helping high school students get into college. We have decided that the structure of the Blunote show will be college preparatory and maintenance! We are still working with the structure but putting out information about taking the SAT/ACT, knowing requirements for athletic scholarships and where to go for scholarships will go hand in hand with these blunote musicians getting into higher education. In addition some shows will be geared for the college student, getting to class on time, setting up your schedule, time management, etc.
I have changed the original format of what I wanted in the beginning to be parallel with a website for kids to upload audio files and the director can select from the students. After consultation this will not work as well because lots of kids already have in their mind where they want to go to college. The rest of them are willing to go to college but may not be prepared on certain levels from playing to academics. I would like to prepare these kids for college and on some of the shows we have directors as guests to tell what they are looking for and any advice they would have for a kid to come to their school. I believe that the first Blunote Show will be the last Sunday in the month of July. The title to be coming soon.
Thanks for all of the likes on our Facebook page. We hit 100 likes yesterday and that is a blessing. We appreciate the love and hope to build on this for the future. Through our resources, that we have stated in previous posts, we found Cream Percussion that is giving free percussion lessons in the Atlanta area and I met the band director at Dominguez Hills High School who not only directs one of only 5 show bands in California but also directs a DCI band City Sound. It is no doubt that Choppin it up will be the most compelling series on the network. We will talk to some heavy hitters and some strong minds that need to be in the spotlight for our youth to see and to change the fabric of a society that paints a different picture.
So we have decided on the frequency with keeping the marching podcast on Sunday’s at 6pm eastern time. Due to the fact that the Blunote show is still under construction and because we only have one instructor for woodsheddin’ we will add another 90 Degree Show or Choppin it up Show to fill the void. This upcoming weekend will be Choppin it up with Gregory Johnson but the following week will be Woodsheddin: Brass with Avery McFadden. The week after that (July 1) will be the July 4th weekend so we will take a holiday and return on July 8th with the 90 Degree show. It works out for because there are 5 Sundays in the July this year. I think that on the 8th depending on feedback we get we may talk with the person that publishes a sports blog on Bethune Cookman Sports who created a poll showing best home field advantage for hbcu football or we will find another topic to discuss. The following sunday the 15th we will chop it up with Timberly K the entertainer (tentative)
First Sunday of the month will be: The 90 Degree Show
Second Sunday of the month will be: WoodSheddin’
Third Sunday of the month will be: Choppin’ it up
Fourth Sunday of the month will be: The Blunote Show
We will follow this frequency starting in the month of September. Tune in this upcoming weekend to Choppin it up with Gregory Johnson.
Today is the world premier of the choppin it up show with our first guest Jarrett Carter Sr. We also have the next Choppin it up episode with Gregory Johnson next week the 17th which is Father’s Day. Our next set of interviews I am still deciding on because I don’t want to do too many interviews without putting out the last two shows. WoodSheddin is going to be a podcast and with some episodes to be taped live. We would like to have resident instructors that will give a lesson at the least once every two months. We would prefer a lesson per month but we want to crawl before we walk. In addition giving out this type of information for free we have to prepare to be realistic. Of course as the popularity of the network changes so will this. We will use Skype to talk with our instructor and I will use Audacity to record the conversation. Once the file is created I can play that file during the episode time. Listeners will not be able to call in but for Woodsheddin we will concentrate on the archive listeners. My first instructor will be Avery McFadden, my best friend from college and the best man at my first wedding. I was also the best man at his wedding so we are looking forward to working together. He will give trumpet instruction and I have to find more people who teach more instruments. I will have to advertise for the remainder of positions. The format of the show is still under construction. I will find similar podcasts on learning an instrument to see how we will use the 30 minutes. I will also leave this somewhat up to the teacher that is giving the lesson.
The last piece of this puzzle other than getting a website going which we have decided to go with Hostgator, is the format of the Blunote show. My idea is to contact some of my old band directors to see what they want in a recruiting resource. The first people who come to mind are Michael Magruder, Paul Adams and Duncan Gray. I would like these directors or any directors to be guests on the blunote show or guest on choppin it up depending on how the blunote show will run. I don’t really see having an interview with the director because that will be too much like CIT, but I would like to have them speak on a show to help with the recruiting aspect. We also want the blunote show to have some interaction through the website. Uploading video or audio of an audition and have them highlighted on the show. We would like for them to contact the show to put themselves out there but we will need more consultation to develop the Blunote show. Check out Choppin it up with Jarrett Carter Sr. creator of HBCU Digest today at 6pm eastern time at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marchingpodcast/2012/06/10/the-90-degree-show