How Seeking Out Criticism Can Make You Better

In Ryan Holiday’s new book, Ego is the Enemy, he writes about the importance of criticism and humility, stating, “The art of taking feedback is such a critical skill in life, particularly harsh and critical feedback. We not only need to take this harsh feedback, but...

How to Inspire High Performance

I am an avid listener of a podcast called Finding Mastery (www.findingmastery.net), hosted by high performance psychologist Michael Gervais who has recently worked with USA Women’s Volleyball in Rio as well as the Seattle Seahawks. According to his website,...

What You Should be Doing in Rehearsal Every Day

For musicians, if you think about it, most of our time is spent practicing. In fact, one could argue that 80% of our time is spent practicing/rehearsing while only 20% is spent performing, and that may be high. As a result, it is easy for rehearsals to become routine...

The Fastest Way to Clean Your Drumline

The truth is cleaning a drumline is not a fast process. It takes a long time crockpotting hundreds of hours of practice and rehearsals during the course of a season, especially for college bands who perform multiple shows and a large quantity of music including...

The Story of The Classic Vibe

When something bothers me, I write about it. That is my philosophy, and if you look for a seed of inspiration in my writing, you will find that theme. As a percussion educator, much has bothered me through the years, and hopefully my articles and books have helped...

Welcome to my new website!

Welcome and I’m very excited to launch my new website! I first want to thank and recognize Whit Wagner at Liquid Propaganda for his world-class web design. I will do my best to post once a week and also keep my blogs short and packed with quality content. I...

5 Things Teachers Can Learn About Excellence From Steve Jobs

I have always believed that teaching is leading, and to become a better teacher, one must become a better leader. In my mind, leadership is about 5 things: standards, culture, vision, courage, and communication. In the business world, one man stands out when thinking...

12 Keys to an Excellent Presentation

I am currently reading Jane Atkinson’s new book, The Epic Keynote, in preparation for being the faculty keynote speaker at five Transfer Student Orientations this summer at Clemson University.  As I read Jane’s excellent book and practice my short 7-minute...

Insane Productivity 1

I am excited to be participating in Darren Hardy’s Insane Productivity program this summer!  Darren is the publisher of Success magazine and he has earned my trust and respect with his authentic communication and valuable content.  In his opening video, Darren...