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The Band Director's Lounge Podcast

Welcome to the Band Director’s lounge, a podcast about what makes great instrumental music programs. I am a band director trying to build a great program by learning from others and sharing my knowledge along the way.

Dec 12, 2018

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The conversation today is with my good friend Matthew Potter who teaches middle school band in Chaska, MN. Matt has a lot of great insight for how to lead a band program at the middle school level. In our conversation today we get into the details of how Matt structures his lesson program and...

Dec 7, 2018

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Today’s guest is Dan Tewalt who teaches band at Wayzata High School in Wayzata, MN. Dan is a good friend and band colleague. He is a 2008 Phantom Regiment Alum and brings this knowledge and insight into his band classroom. Today Dan and I cover a bunch of topics including how his time in drum...

Nov 14, 2018

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Today’s guest is Steve Schmitz who teaches high school band and world drumming at St.Louis Park High School, in St.Louis Park, MN. Steve is a class act and top-notch educator who I think you will enjoy listening to and hearing about his program. In addition to discussing the St.Louis Park...

Nov 7, 2018

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Mankato State University

Michael Thursby - Director of Athletic Bands

Today I am chatting with Michael Thursby, director of Athletic Bands and Percussion at the Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN. Mike is my first, of what I hope to be many, collegiate guests. In this episode...

Oct 31, 2018

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Today I am talking with Tony Boldt who teaches at Kasson-Mantorville high school in Kasson, MN, just outside of Rochester. Tony is a passionate teacher working to build his dream program. Today Tony talks with me about program growing pains, splitting ensembles, and shares some of his experiences...