No One Cares What You Don’t Play

“No one cares what we don’t play.”   -Paul Buyer This quote is about having the courage and conviction to take something out of your arrangement, concert, or show, no matter how badly you want to put it in. In marching band, it can be about deciding not to play...

How to Lead Through a Bad Rehearsal

Our students are going through a lot. They are stressed, burned out, and overwhelmed trying to keep up with the pace of coursework, exams, rehearsals, and other looming deadlines. Some are struggling with attendance, mental health, and the multiple pieces of music...

Gold Standard Mindsets from Top Marching Percussion Arrangers

The state of marching percussion today has never been healthier and more popular, with thousands of students participating and hundreds of instructors teaching at every level. Due to this undeniable passion for the activity, marching percussion arranging has become an...

Drumline Gold for Managing Stress

In Chapter 16 on Self-Caring, writer, speaker, and mental health advocate Katie Reed states, “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” Self-care simply refers to taking care of yourself. Over time, the compound effect of...

The 10 Attributes of Quality Rehearsals

Dear Friends: I am thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my new book, Drumline Gold: Innovative Systems for Marching Percussion Excellence, published by Meredith Music Publications, a division of GIA Publications, Inc. due out in late September/early October....

The Practice Blueprint: 15 Tips on How to Practice

  I am excited to announce the release of my 4th book, Drumline Gold: Innovative Systems for Marching Percussion Excellence.  I wanted to share an excerpt from one of the chapters on “how to practice,” which serves as a blueprint of sorts.  I thought it...
Drumming with Dystonia

Drumming with Dystonia

“Typically a musician develops this in their mid-30s when you’re well into your career where you’ve dedicated your life to your craft and your art and you find it slipping away.” —Billy McGlaughlin, guitarist In early 2005, I was playing Parcours en Duo for...

The Life-Changing Power of PASIC

As percussionists from around the world make their final plans for PASIC 2016 in Indianapolis this week, I wanted to share the power of PASIC and the impact it can have on your life, whether you are attending your first or forty-first convention. Those of us who have...

The Final Step to Excellent Concert Preparation

As my students and I prepare for our Fall Percussion Concert this Thursday, November 3rd featuring the Clemson Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and Drumline, I thought I would share some strategies behind our concert preparation that others might find valuable as they...