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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.

Mar 30, 2019

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Today I am chatting with Amanda Kaus who teaches 9-12 band at Century High School in Rochester, MN.

The Century bands number close to 300 in a high school of around 1300 students - an amazing level of involvement. On top of great numbers, they are also a high performing band program. Kids...

Mar 30, 2019

 Hey everyone, I thought it would be good to take a few minutes to give a quick update on the podcast and some of the things that are coming down the pipeline.This is podcast episode #20. That might not seem like a lot but from the production side of things, it is a small milestone in the podcasting world. If you have...

Mar 15, 2019

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Today I am talking with two local band director rock-stars, Erin Holmes and Bradley Mariska from Farmington High School in Farmington, MN.

As the Director of Bands at Farmington High School, Erin Holmes conducts the Wind Ensemble, Varsity Band, Jazz I, Birdland Jazz, and is the head director of...

Mar 4, 2019

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Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 can be found here!)

Welcome back to the second part of my conversation with leadership expert Todd Dufault. Today we get into the details about how to select students for leadership roles and how to develop and maintain a leadership team that is effective throughout the...

Mar 1, 2019

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Part 1 of 2 (Part 2 can be found here!)

Today’s I am talking with leadership expert Todd Dufault.

Todd Dufault is a master motivator who strives to be a difference maker.  For 35 years, Todd has worked with Fine Arts students on life skills, servant leadership, cultural development,...