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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.

Oct 10, 2019

Hello and welcome to the Band Director’s Lounge!

My interview today takes us to the southern United States.

Jonathan Chance is from Birmingham, Alabama. He attended Troy State University and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. He has been the Director of Bands at Luverne High School for the past 15 years and has built the band program to over 200 students’ program wide. He is happily married to Beverly Chance, and they have two daughters Annalee and Brylee.  In his free time he enjoys playing Golf and spending time with his Family.

I think you are going to enjoy hearing about Mr.Chance’s program and some of his thoughts on teaching band and building a successful band program!

Before we get to the interview I want to remind you that there are a number of ways to support this podcast and help ensure that it stays operational. All of these methods are listed in the show notes. Don’t worry, I am not asking for you to write a check for a donation (though you can certainly do that through paypal). 

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Okay, now onto my interview with Jonathan Chance.

Episode Overview

  • Background (01:52)
  • Luverne High School (05:10)
  • Marching Band (08:45)
  • Working with Coaches & Marching Practice (12:38)
  • Recruitment (16:50)
  • Local Enrichment Opportunities, Co-curriculars, and Busy Kids (18:07) 
  • Alabama Performance Assessment (30:09)
  • Favorite Literature, Victor Lopez, and Robert W.Smith (32:01)
  • Curricular Rehearsal Plan (33:33)
  • Useful Budget Purchase (36:00)
  • Challenging Teaching Moment (38:05)
  • Motivation & Marketing (40:40)
  • Student Leadership (45:34)
  • Books That Have Impacted Teaching (47:11)
  • Advice for Young Band Director (48:18)
  • What Makes a Great Band Program (51:34)


And that wraps up today’s episode.


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