Process-Moving Forward (stay in step)
We all have different perspectives on
where we are at varying times throughout the year.
Beginning band members are mastering opening a clarinet case
without spilling instruments parts all over the floor.
They are learning how to enter the band room, where to put their
stuff, how to sit, breathe, and hold an instrument properly. Excitement
and enthusiasm levels are high for both students and instructors.
Second and third year students are getting back in shape, some
preparing for pep rallies or the occasional middle school football game,
Veteran’s Day programs, and Holiday concerts.
They really love those pep rallies.
Visit any high school campus for a little ESPN, a variety of
“show” music, and you may even have an opportunity to “Stand Up and Get
Crunk” (that one always makes me cry).
Many of my colleagues have also been working on music for their
Fall Concert during band class while “cleaning” the marching band show
in the afternoons. This time
of year working 40, 50, 60+ hours are routine for directors and students
alike. Homework, after
school practice, part-time jobs, and all of the other activities
available keep our students busy from breakfast to bedtime.
Both student and teacher love the band experience.
That’s why we keep coming back for more.
My high school diploma is a vocational
diploma with an emphasis in carpentry.
But that didn’t matter.
I so loved my experience in band that a couple of months before
graduation I knew I wasn’t ready for it to end.
So, to whom did I go for direction, my band directors, Johnny
Jacobs and Michial Mayhall?
They made a call, and by the middle of the next week, I was auditioning
for a scholarship with Dr. Jimmy Simpson, who was then band director at
The University of North Alabama.
The rest is history.
You mean the world to your students.
If you work as hard as they do and are honest and fair with them,
they will never let you down.
If things aren’t always working out as planned, take a look in
the mirror. It’s usually on
us and our students are counting on us to right the ship when needed.
And we will, because we are band directors and that is our “Super
What a great month September has been
in Alabama. Two “President’s
Own” performances on two of our high school campuses, both Florence HS
and Homewood HS. Thanks to the band staffs (should that be staves?) at
both schools for hosting. I
had the pleasure of attending the concert at Homewood HS the night
before I completed this article.
Those Marines did not disappoint.
Marches, Sinatra, an Alabama born clarinet soloist, and
“Lincolnshire Posey”, were all on the menu, and we all left full.
This was definitely taxpayer money well spent.
This issue of Ala Breve will be filled
with schedules, bios, registration forms, and all manner of information
needed to prepare you for the AMEA In-Service Conference in January
Please make every effort to attend.
As you read this issue, you will become better informed of all
that is offered in the way of clinics, business meetings, and
performances. ABA will have
numerous performances and clinics to present.
Renew your NAfME
membership now if you have not done so. Please do not wait
until the AMEA In-Service in January to renew as this creates delays in
the onsite registration and pre-registration pick-up process.
Check the AMEA/ABA website regularly.
You will find needed forms, All-State Band audition requirements
and etudes, Cumulative Music list, ABA Directory, District and State
Calendar, and other useful and needed information.
Check the abafest.com site weekly for announcements and calendar
updates. Your ABA state
officers and district officers will be using this site to keep you
informed as well as have you register for events such as All-State and
MPA. We are just getting
started. I hope to see you at Midwest and AMEA.
Keep it going for your students and DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN!