Monday, May 7, 2007
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In the high energy, performance field of band directing, the various holiday, spring, and summer breaks are appreciated by students and teachers alike. They provide us a well-deserved rest and a chance to recharge our emotional batteries.
Students, however, can rebound rather quickly and we will be remiss if other musical opportunities are not offered and vigorously encouraged.
Summer band camps and touring bands provide instruction, rehearsal and performance experiences, that will only further enhance their total band growth. The "change of scenery" in another venue with students from other schools will not only keep your students playing their musical instruments in the summer months, there will also be a desire to equal or best the new musicians with whom they find themselves. All of this comes back to the home program in a number of positive ways.
But! Do not think a casual mention of these musical happenings, or a half-hearted effort on your part will suddenly influence a large number of your students to change their summer routines. That is why you will initially get the greatest response from the middle school band members. Then the many fun memories will tend to draw them back each summer as they progress through their prep years.
More efforts will need to be put forth with your older students, but the returns will be worth it.
Here are a few suggestions:
Here are some other thoughts for the summer break:
Obviously, there are many programs and ideas that can be considered for the summer break and that would benefit your program. Hopefully the above thoughts will stimulate your thinking.
Jerry Hoover is the Director of Bands at Missouri State University, where he supervises a student offering of eighteen bands. He personally directs the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, several entertainment ensembles, and the 320-member Pride Marching Band. After twenty years in the public schools (Cabool, Lebanon, and Jefferson City) where he developed award-winning concert, marching, and jazz bands, he accepted the band position at New Mexico State University where he remained for seven years. He has been in his present position at Missouri State since 1985. For information on the Missouri State University Bands Alive Summer Camp, view the camp brochure or camp application.
We had such positive feedback from the DVD that we decided to expand its scope. We are completing work on a DVD with two-versions.....a five-minute version and a 15-minute version. The videos contain lots of clips of kids having fun in band. The accompanying reference CD contains many recruitment documents and handouts that you can customize and send home with your students. For more information, please visit with your PMC road representative. We are here to serve you!
University of Missouri - St. Louis Jazz Combo & Improv Camp
You can view more information on the online Jazz Camp Registration website.
Webster University Jazz Camp
If you know of any additional camps, please let me know and we will post the information!
Can we assist you with anything? Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.
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