John Denis is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Texas State University. He has 8 years of teaching experience as a high school and middle school band director in Texas and is the host of the Program Notes: The Beginning Band Director Podcast.
For this Memorial Day episode, I am joined by Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel. Colonel Gabriel is among the most distinguished members of our profession, having been the commander and conductor of the United States Air Force band from 1964-1985.
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser is among the most important advocates and leaders in the music education community. He is a co-author of the Essential Elements series and the Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and he joined the show for a broad discussion about teaching and music education.
Charles McGhee is the band director at Double Peak K-8 School in the San Marcos Unified School District, just North of San Diego. This is Charlie’s final year as a band director and he joins the show to share some of the wisdom he's learned in 30 years of teaching.
Jacquie Dawson is the Director of Bands at the University of Manitoba. Prior to this position she was a highly successful band director at several schools in the Winnipeg area.
Composer Omar Thomas is one of the brightest new talents in the band community, using his jazz background to write powerful works with a social conscience.
Cathi Leibinger is the band director at Ransom Everglades Middle School, the current president of the Florida Bandmasters Association, and knows just about everyone in the band world!
Composer and conductor Onsby Rose has had a remarkably diverse career as a performer, teacher, and railroad conductor and was recently appointed Director of Instrumental Activities/Associate Professor of Music at Dordt College.
Composer and conductor Brian Balmages is the Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company and a passionate advocate for music education.
Philip Obado is the Director of Bands at Allen ISD in Allen, Texas where he oversees a high school and middle school band program with over 1,800 musicians.
A podcast featuring conversations with teachers, composers, and performers of music for winds and percussion.