Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Treat your band like a choir..

I teach EVERYTHING here in Seymour. I have been both a band and choir director since I was teaching in Derby in 1996. I think you should treat your band like a choir and treat your choir like a band.

What do I mean?

Bands should sing, be expressive, get goofy time, worry about their "vowel sound", know the lyrics. Great bands can change their tone color in an instant. Count Basie's band is a great example of this.

Choirs should read, read , read. Work on articulation, dynamics, and performance practice. Like a marching band they should move around! They should practice.