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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 are fired up about music at Century High School!

Amanda Kaus directs four curricular bands, a co-curricular jazz band, marching band, in addition to the pit orchestra for the winter musical. She has served on the MMEA leadership team as band vice president and was recently appointed as a Minnesota High School League representative. She is an active member of the local music education community.

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Alright let’s dive in to our conversation.

Episode Overview

That wraps up this episode. If you want to connect with Amanda, be sure to look for a link to her band’s website in the shownotes. If you are interested in checking out any of the books that Amanda mentioned during our conversation, you can find links to these books in the show notes and on the website. Remember if you click thru these links, a small portion of the sales will go towards supporting The Band Director’s Lounge at no additional cost to you!

Thanks for tuning in! And we will see you back here next time in The Band Director’s Lounge.

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