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Band in Minnesota

By Bradley Mariska
We discuss band and music education with musicians of all kinds. Don't let the name fool you - this is for everyone! Each week we gather with friends and colleagues from around our state to address the hottest topics on the minds of band directors. Hosted by Jerry Luckhardt (University of Minnesota) and Bradley Mariska (Farmington High School).
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MMEA Midwinter Clinic SPECIAL !!!
It's a special episode with both Jerry and Brad --- we're gearing up to attend the 2021 MMEA Virtual Midwinter Clinic Hear what we're excited about! We can't wait to see you all at the Midwinter Clinic - but be sure to take a listen before the conference begins on Thursday!
23:31
February 7, 2021
SOUL - Reflecting upon the new Disney/Pixar Film (w/Peter Guenther)
Brad sits downs with special guest Peter Guenther (Owatonna HS) to discuss the new Disney/Pixar movie, SOUL. And although the lead character is a middle school band director and jazz musician, we learn that the movie is about much, MUCH more than just music. Ring in the new year with a message of hope and life - join us for our reflections on SOUL.  If you enjoyed this interview, you can find many other episodes of Band in Minnesota on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and/or Stitcher. Thank you again for listening! Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
30:23
December 31, 2020
30. Music on the North Shore w/Randy Lee
OUR FINAL EPISODE OF SEASON ONE! Saxophonist & retired music educator Randy Lee talks music of the Arrowhead & North Shore. From Grand Rapids to Duluth to Grand Marais (and everywhere in between) he talks about the historic figures who shaped music-making in the region ... and those who continue the rich music culture there today.  STAY TUNED FOR EXCITING NEWS ABOUT WHAT'S COMING SOON! If you enjoyed this interview, you can find many other episodes of Band in Minnesota on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and/or Stitcher.  Thank you again for listening! Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
30:46
September 16, 2020
29. Building Community in Rosemount (Leon Sieve & John Zschunke)
Building community around any band programs is an important aspect of our work as band directors. We have two leaders from the Rosemount Band program that have a proven track record that can inspire us all. Leon Sieve joined the faculty of Rosemount High School, Rosemount, Minnesota in the fall of 2002 and is in his 27th year of teaching instrumental music. Leon received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota in May, 1993 and a masters degree from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon in July, 2005. His responsibilities at Rosemount High School include the direction of two of the seven concert ensembles, woodwind specialist for the band program, team teaching the fall marching band, woodwind chamber ensembles, winter pep band, jazz ensembles, solos and ensembles, and designing and choreographing the award winning RHS Color Guard. John Zschunke attended the university of Minnesota; graduated in 1978; taught in St. Francis, Minnesota from 1978 to 1990; received my Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in 1988; began teaching in the Rosemount school district in 1990; presently teaching at Rosemount Middle School grades six through eight band and serves as conductor of the Rosemount Community Band. Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction (06:35)  Series of recruitment concerts (08:51)  Change in Rosemount over many years (10:33)  Rose Parade 2014 and Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2017 (11:35)  Rosemount Community Band (14:40)  Suggestions for building community (20:12)  Special measures in this time of COVID-19 (25:12)  Focus on what we can do (26:39)  Closing thoughts And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota Rosemount High School Band http://www.rosemountband.com Rosemount Community Band https://rosemountcommunityband.org
28:45
September 9, 2020
28. Teacher Toolkit for Fall 2020 (Scott Agster & Erin Holmes)
TAKEOVER EPISODE!!!  Erin Holmes (Director of Bands at Farmington High School) and Scott Agster (Adjunct Professor at Anoka Ramsey Community College & current All-State Jazz Director) discuss tools and strategies for starting off the Fall 2020 school year.  Scott guides you through devices and software to make recording from home practical.  Erin gives some insight into how Farmington is setting their students up for success from day one. Jerry and Brad are nowhere to be found in this very special TAKEOVER episode.  We hope you enjoy! 
31:39
September 2, 2020
27. Small School Success Story w/Erik Hermanson (Cleveland, MN)
Erik Hermanson teaches 6-12 band in Cleveland, Minnesota. He has built a program over the past 27 years that has an incredible amount of administrative, community, parent, and student support. He has approximately 90% of the student population in the band program and also serves as his school’s football coach. Erik is a world class community builder, band director, and leader. We are happy to share this success story with our listeners! Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction (02:21)  First and only job (03:14)  Change over 27 years (06:12)  Building community through performance (07:06)  Starting a Jazz program 7-12 (09:43)  Guest artists in Cleveland (10:45)  High percentage of students in band program (14:15)  Being a band director and football coach (16:34)  What defines a great program (18:37)  Siblings helping siblings (19:51)  Advice for younger music teachers (21:53)  The future in Cleveland, Minnesota And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota Cleveland Public School  https://www.cleveland.k12.mn.us You can read about Erik and his program in this StarTribune article: http://www.startribune.com/in-cleveland-minn-pop-715-a-dynamic-band-conductor-has-built-a-powerhouse/414828834/#19
26:24
August 26, 2020
26. From Band Director to Administrator (w/Kim Budde)
What if we asked a principal, “How can band directors best advocate for their program?” Now imagine if that principal was a musician and former band director! Kim Budde, Principal at Lakeville North HS, gives honest advice to band directors who may be considering a future in admin, reminding us of the unique skills all musicians have as potential leaders in their schools. She gives us hints and tricks to all music educators of how best to talk to your administrators - and how to effectively build stronger relationships within your community. Kim Budde received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and went on to teach music in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  After earning a Masters in Education from St. Mary's University and an Education Specialist degree from the University of St Thomas, she held leadership positions in Edina, Lakeville, and Rosemount.  As an assistant principal at Rosemount High School, she was chosen as the 2015 State of Minnesota Assistant Principal of the Year. She currently serves as the Principal at Lakeville North High School, in Lakeville Minnesota. Show Timings: 0:00 - Banter and Intro 4:36 - Background in music and years as a band director 6:48 - Transition to school administrator 8:51 - How does your background as a band director make you a better administrator? 11:43 - How can band directors advocate better for their program - and better community with admins? 16:25 - In this Covid-world, what do music educators need to discuss with their admin before the first day of school? 19:30 - Advice for band directors considering a future in admin - some “real talk” 24:26 - Final thoughts: it’s all about relationships If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, Breaker, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show.  Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
27:59
August 19, 2020
25. Harmony Bridge Flex Project w/Michael Levine (Dallas Brass)
He's best known as Founder of the Dallas Brass, but Michael Levine has another passion: the Harmony Bridge Project, a flexible ensemble music method for middle school and HS students. We enjoy so many talented musicians in our state, but Levine is definitely one of Minnesota’s mavericks. He is originally from St. Louis Park, MN, and was a music major at the University of Minnesota before transferring to The Juilliard School where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance. The next 4 years were spent playing in the Jerusalem (Israel) Symphony Orchestra. Upon his return to the states, he went to Dallas, TX where he started the Dallas Brass. Then in 2010 he launched Harmony Bridge (which is our focus today). Michael relocated back to Minnesota six years ago and continues to lead Dallas Brass along with developing and managing Harmony Bridge. Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction (03:02)  One of the greatest joys on music (06:13)  Dallas Brass: Lessons learned being in thousands of schools (08:20)  Harmony Bridge and how it came to be (13:55)  The music in Harmony Bridge (16:01)  How to get involved in Harmony Bridge (19:03)  Developing independent musicianship: the value of small ensembles (28:11)  Michael wants to be involved, answer question, share ideas, not just sell music (34:53)  The gradual release of responsibility (35:50)  Michael Levine’s dream! And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, Breaker, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota Harmony Bridge https://www.harmonybridge.net Dallas Brass  https://www.dallasbrass.com
38:20
August 12, 2020
24. Music Advocacy with Kristin Chase
In 2020, Music Advocacy has never been more relevant or important. Today we sit down with Kristin Chase, advocacy co-chair of the Minnesota Music Educators Association. She shares vital information about how you can advocate for music education in your community! Kristin Chase is one of two advocacy co-chairs for the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA).  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s degree in Education and Public Policy from Ashford University.  Kristin has been teaching band for 12 years, with the last 10 at Central Middle School in White Bear Lake.  Kristin is the coordinator for MMEA's 2020 Back-To-School Virtual Clinic and has been coaching the percussion sections of MMEA's All-State Bands for 12 years. Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction (06:55)  What is it to advocate for music education? (13:12)  The importance of sharing your work and building trust (17:27)  What MMEA is doing for music advocacy (22:31)  Music organizations working together and building networks (25:13)  Back-to-School Virtual Clinic (30:28)  Music is fundamentally good…let’s not lose it…it’s time to advocate (35:13)  You are not alone! And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 FB Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota Minnesota Music Educators Association https://mmea.org
36:25
July 31, 2020
23. Elementary General Music - Building a Bridge to Beginner Band
If you’re a beginner band director or a general music specialist this is an episode for you. Building bridges with your elementary general music teacher has some real benefits for you and your students. Learn more about making these healthy connections. This is an episode specifically asked for by one of our listeners! Jennifer Jungwirth is an Elementary Music Specialist (K-5) at Five Hawks Elementary in Prior Lake. She is entering her 13th year as an elementary music specialist formerly in Belle Plaine and currently in Prior Lake. She also is an instrumentalist (clarinet) and an active performer in the Medalist Concert Band. Show timings: (00:00)  Introduction (05:20)  Developing relationships and a lifelong passion for music (08:19)  Helping students with the transition from general music class to beginning band (09:49)  Skills that are taught that prepare students for band (12:59)  Making connections and creating exposure to the band program (16:06)  Building relationship with your elementary general music specialist (17:40)  Orff and Kodaly: What can be gained by understanding these methods? (20:56)  Final big question and final thoughts And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Stitcher, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
28:59
July 22, 2020
22. Facilities! Construction, renovation & more (w/Tark Katzenmeyer & Dave Lumley)
Facilities age and new schools are built. If you are a band director fortunate enough to be faced with new construction or renovations what so you do? Who do you turn to for information? Our two guests today have firsthand knowledge of the process. This conversation will provide you a check-list of things to do or think about for renovations or new construction of music facilities. Tark Katzenmeyer has taught for 18 years in both Minnesota and Florida, with teaching experience at the Middle School Level and the High School Level. He has directed the bands at Woodbury High School for seven academic years. An advocate of chamber music, Tark has done extensive research of effective implementation of chamber music into a high school band program, and believes in the power of small group musicianship. An active performer, Tark has played performances with the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, the Bloomington Medalist Concert Band, the Florida Wind Band, the Southern Winds, the VanderCook College of Music Jazz Ensemble, and various chamber music organizations. Dave Lumley is the Director of Bands at Sartell-St. Stephen High School. Prior to this position he was the Band Director at Cambridge-Isanti HS from 2007-2011. At Sartell he directs two HS Bands, the 8th Grade Band, two Jazz Bands, Pep Band, and the Summer Marching Band. He has served as the Minnesota Music Educators Association Region 8AA Representative since 2018. He also performs most weekends, as a singer and guitarist in a solo acoustic act and also in a cover band. Show timings: (00:00)  Introduction (00:51)  Description of new facility in Sartell (05:32)  Description of renovation in Woodbury (11:48)  What did you learn and what would you do differently (15:33)  HVAC systems (19:14)  Humidity Control (20:03)  Project timelines (24:20)  Technology (29:03)  Final thoughts And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota)  https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota Woodbury High School Band Website http://whsbb.org/wp/ Marc Dubois (project architect) website http://komainc.com/staff/marc-dubois/ Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748   https://www.sartell.k12.mn.us/SHS
35:58
July 15, 2020
21. Instrument (not) Sharing w/Michelle Hoff & Pete Guenther
This week: an important practical matter for band directors and arts administrators. A lack of instrument inventory to insure every child has access to instrumental music is not a new problem. With limited budgets, sharing instruments has long been a needed practice for many instrumental programs, especially larger instruments like tubas and baritone saxophones. With COVID-19 instrument sharing is no longer a safe practice without considerable protocols. This podcast will address the challenges of Instrument sharing and possible short-term and longer-term solutions. To discuss this topic we are joined by two excellent music educators, Michelle Hoff and Peter Guenther. Michelle Hoff has been teaching in ISD 196 for the past twenty-three years. She has taught a variety of levels and is currently teaching grade 5 band at Rosemount Elementary and Parkview Elementary. She has also been running the Band for All instrument donation program for seven years that supports students in financial need by providing a band instrument. Band for All is currently supporting 800+ students in all 29 schools in ISD 196. In thirteen years, over 1,900 students have participated in band because of Band for All. Peter Guenther is Director of Bands at Owatonna High School. Previous to this position he was the director of junior and senior high bands at Lake City High School from 1993 to 2001. At Owatonna High School, Mr. Guenther conducts three concert bands, the marching band, and jazz ensemble. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Winona State University. In 2010, he was honored by his colleagues as Owatonna Teacher of the Year. Show timings: (00:00)  Introduction (04:32)  Description of “Band for All” program (08:14)  Size and scope of program serving the district (10:32)  Infrastructure: Costs, Financials, Ownership, Repair, Storage etc. (13:19)  Peter’s approach to instrument and equipment management and administration (16:23)  Funding sources from school and community (23:24)  Music merchants and the business side (26:29)  Follow-up questions for Michelle (31:11)  Instrument repairs persons role in inventory management (33:03)  Final thoughts And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota Band for All https://bit.ly/37F4Vxf Namm: Instrument Disinfection and Sanitization https://www.namm.org/covid-19/articles/covid-19-and-instrument-cleaning%20
36:31
July 8, 2020
20. Composer Chat w/Cait Nishimura & Salvador Jacobo
Cait Nishimura & Salvador Jacobo - two young composers (both in their 20’s) who have already written several very popular pieces of band music. In particular, Cait’s “Chasing Sunlight” and Sal’s “Vuelo” have been programmed by many band directors in Minnesota in the past two years. We wanted to know what it’s like to be a young composer from a demographic that is typically underrepresented in band music, and why their music has become especially popular in Minnesota. Additionally, we talk about the challenges of composing during a pandemic and what lies ahead. In many ways, this is also a continuation of Episode 18, “Quality Music of Diversity,” with Brian Lukkasson and Nora Tycast. CAIT NISHIMURA (b.1991) is a Canadian composer, songwriter, and music educator based in Toronto. Known for writing melody-driven, programmatic music, Cait has quickly established herself as a prominent voice in the concert band community. With influences from minimalism and pop music, her work is full of simple yet lush harmonies, and themes that linger in listeners’ minds. A lifelong nature-lover, she draws inspiration from the beauty of the natural world and aims to transport listeners to the landscapes she writes about. Her music has been presented at The Midwest Clinic, MusicFest Canada, and numerous other conferences and festivals across North America. In 2019, the Ontario Band Association commissioned her work Intrinsic Light in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Ontario Music Educators Association. Her best-selling piece Chasing Sunlight was the winner of the 2017 Canadian Band Association’s composition competition.  All of Cait’s concert works are self-published under Cait Nishimura Music ( https://caitnishimura.com/ )  and are distributed by Murphy Music Press, LLC. SALVADOR ALAN JACOBO (b. 1997) is a Mexican-American composer. Salvador has composed music for an array of musical settings from wind ensembles to brass ensembles to marching bands and everything in between. His compositions have acquired attention from notable composers such as John Mackey. His compositions have also been played by prestigious ensembles such as the Dallas Winds (Brass and Percussion). Salvador has also been the guest conductor for various bands such as the Portales Junior High Band, the Portales High School Band, and the 30th Biennial Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Band. Salvador is also a brother of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Theta Zeta chapter). Sal’s music is available on his website, https://www.musicjacobo.com/ Show timings: (0:00) Introduction (1:15) Why the Minnesota connection? Our great Minnesota band community (9:55) Compositional style and inspiration (16:35) Why diversity and representation matter / who inspired you? (25:40) COVID-19 - how does a pandemic affect composer? (Motivation, new projects, etc.) (34:00) Challenges to a young composer (42:37) Final thoughts - overcoming stereotypes associated with ‘composers’ If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on Stitcher, Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you!  Jerry Luckhardt and Bradley Mariska https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
47:44
July 1, 2020
19. Ellen Smith (MN Orchestra) and band in her formative years
Ellen Dinwiddie Smith has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1993 and currently serves as third horn. Smith is Adjunct Professor of Horn at the University of Minnesota and has served as Young-Artist-Program faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest since 2015. Smith is a 1987 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Myron Bloom and was a member of the Curtis Wind Quintet, a top prize winner in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Prior to studies at Curtis, Smith attended the Juilliard School and the University of Texas at Austin. Her teachers include Myron Bloom, Wayne Barrington, Greg Hustis and Michael Hatfield. While still a student at Curtis, she was named third horn of the Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony Orchestra and later joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as co-principal horn. She has performed at the Spoleto USA, Waterloo, Chautauqua, Colorado Philharmonic, National Repertory Orchestra and Aspen summer music festivals. Show timings: (00:00)  Introduction (01:11)  Band in Texas (12:00)  University of Texas, Julliard and Curtis (17:30)  Early Career (21:16)  Minnesota Orchestra (27:53)  Teaching (31:58)  Closing And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Ellen Dinwiddie Smith https://minnesotaorchestra.org/about/who-we-are/orchestra-musicians/331-horn/730-ellen-dinwiddie-smith Feature for Minnesota Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h9euTGi7Vw&list=PLDq146_Stx-NQU7L_8Jr_nR3JCDAxu4ZZ&index=4&t=2s Soloist with Dale Warland Singers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYwMvFO64iM&feature=emb_share&fbclid=IwAR0rmF-eb2PXXz6oE4c-bpBbwBCvKFg9gXKsYpLpfVL4Ch-PK448tCEeKPU Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
34:23
June 24, 2020
18. Quality Music of Diversity (Nora Tycast & Brian Lukkasson)
Spring Lake Park HS (MN) has a national reputation for innovation and inclusivity. Co-directors Nora Tycast and Brian Lukkasson have been featured on NPR, The Washington Post, and MPR thanks to their unyielding effort to program excellent music written by composers of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. We are very proud of this week's episode, "Quality Music of Diversity" with Nora Tycast and Brian Lukkasson. We also want our listeners to know that this episode was recorded prior to the murder of George Floyd and the events that followed. To give additional perspective to this topic, Brian and Nora have provided the statement below. "We are grateful and honored to share some of our work from the past 5 years with you on the newest episode of Band in Minnesota podcast. The topic of “diversifying” repertoire is not new, but after the May 25th murder of George Floyd and the public outrage at continued police brutality against communities of color there has been an increased interest in programming composers of color. While we are encouraged by this interest we ask that all educators (including us) pause and reflect on their role in spreading racism through superficial action or worse, in-action. "This is not a moment to program a “Black Lives Matter” concert to justify any anger, sadness, or embarrassment. This is a time for deep, personal reflection on how we must change what and how we teach. All of our students should see themselves AND people not like themselves held up as innovators and creators in our classrooms. Our ensembles should be where the music of our black and brown students is held up as equal art and where the missing narratives of our education system can have a more than equal voice and powerful elevation. This is not a “One and Done” movement, but an opportunity for systematic change for our students' benefit. "We are only sharing with you what we have done in recent years and the reasons we believe it is the right for our profession to do. It is not enough! We will continue to listen, learn and commit to do better by our students and communities." -Brian Lukkasson & Nora Tycast, 6/17/2020 Programming Resources: Composer Diversity Database: https://www.composerdiversity.com/ And we were heard:  http://andwewereheard.org Murphy Press: http://Murphymusic press.com Diverse Composers of Wind Band Music https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i4mcvDo3j6P9MiXKDbgyZ6enIGPcDhY2NTG278ReOaI/edit#gid=0 Music by Black Composers: https://www.musicbyblackcomposers.org/ Female Band Composers: https://www.jodieblackshaw.com/female-band-composers Facebook Groups: Network of Positive Orchestra Directors Lesbian and Gay Band Association Decolonizing the Music Room ColourFULL Music MN LGBTQ+ Educator & Ally Progressing Creative Artists Forward
34:28
June 17, 2020
17. Emily Threinen and U of M Conductor & Educator Summit
A new Virtual Conductor’s Summit is being launched at the University of Minnesota led by Director of Bands, Dr. Emily Threinen. This virtual workshop will take place July 14-16, 2020. In this podcast we will learn more about this new initiative and how you can get involved. Dr. Emily Threinen currently serves as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. In this position, she conducts the acclaimed Wind Ensemble, guides the graduate wind band conducting program and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Minnesota Bands. Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction (06:28)  How the Virtual Conductor’s Summit came together (10:49)  Three central take-aways from the Virtual Summit (14:08)  Topics and Presenters (21:44)  How to REGISTER for the Virtual Summit (25:44)  A few final words: “A New Now” (30:58)  Closing And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Dr. Emily Threinen https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/threinen Wind Band Conductor and Educator Virtual Summit z.umn.edu/conducting Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
34:22
June 10, 2020
16. Careers in Music (with James Patrick Miller & Heidi Johanna Miller)
This episode is directed toward high school students with the dream of pursuing music as a profession. That said, we believe this episode may also be helpful to parents of students thinking about music careers as well as band directors. To delve into this important topic, we are joined by Band faculty from Gustavus Adolphus College, Dr. James Patrick Miller and Dr. Heidi Johanna Miller. Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction (01:30)  A career in music is a Calling (04:05)  Pathways to Careers in Music (07:50)  Personal Stories (13:53)  My Parents want me to be Happy but… (15:54)  More Career Paths and Advise to Students and Parents (18:52)  When and how to Look for the right School for You (24:35)  Other options for Musical Study including Music Minors And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Gustavus Adolphus College Department of Music https://gustavus.edu/music/ Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
31:15
June 3, 2020
15. Scott Crosbie - Minnesota's "Greatest Showman"
Our featured guest today is truly ‘one-of-a-kind’: conductor, banjo player, tap dancer, whiz bang player, magician, and inventor. Yes, they broke the mold with Scott Crosbie. You will be entertained by his life stories and passion for music and entertainment. Enjoy! Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction (03:20)  Paying Attention to the Details (06:50)  Medicine Show Music Company and the Whiz Bang (09:18)  How it all Started (the early days in Minneapolis) (14:34)  Early Career as a Jobbing Musician (16:17)  Toy Inventor (17:00)  Making of a Band: “Band on Wheels” and “John Philip Sousa Memorial Band” (20:48)  Audiences Listen with their Eyes and the Musical Handshake (21:39)  Working with Adult Musicians (24:52)  Importance of Aesthetics “Knowing your Audience” (28:00)  Tricks of the Trade: the Third Eye, Mirroring and Romancing your Audience (33:00)  A Thirst for Live Music (34:50)  Greeting your Audience and Completing the Circle (36:45)  A few Closing Stories: Kenny Rogers and WCCO And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Medicine Show Music Company http://www.the-medicine-show.com The John Philip Sousa Memorial Band http://www.sousaband.net Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
40:06
May 24, 2020
14. Minnesota National Guard 34th Infantry Division ("Red Bull") Band w/Commander James Baxter
In this episode we speak with Chief Warrant Officer James Baxter about the history and mission of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bull" Band. Officially organized 30 April 1900, the 34th Infantry Division Band has proudly served state and nation for over 114 years, seeing service in WWI, WWII and the Global War on Terrorism. Whether performing for the public, supporting military ceremonies, or entertaining US Service members and our allies the Soldier-Musicians of the Red Bull Band are honored to serve in one of the US Army's most respected Divisions. Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction (04:37  Learn a little about Military Band history (09:45)  20th century conflicts of WWI, WWII, IRAQ 1, IRAQ 2, Kuwait 2019 (13:19)  Current mission stateside and now with the COVID-19 pandemic (17:20)  Role that military bands play locally and nationally for music education (19:58)  How to find out more about Military Bands (22:13)  Closing And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Facebook: Minnesota National Guard 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Band https://www.facebook.com/RedBullBand/ Website: Minnesota National Guard 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Band https://minnesotanationalguard.ng.mil/band/ History (from Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/34th_Infantry_Division_Band  Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
24:45
May 20, 2020
13. Instrument Repair for teachers (and parents!) with Mark Kuklok
An important practical matter for band directors - and parents: what are basic instrument repair tricks that band directors can do on their own - and what types of repairs should parents avoid? Joining us today is Mark Kuklok, the owner of MK Music Repair in Owatonna MN. Mark Kuklok Upon graduating from high school, I wanted to go into music education so in 1987 I obtained a Music Education degree from North Dakota State University. I taught band for two years in Wheaton, Minnesota. After this I decided teaching band wasn’t for me and as I have always had a passion for working with my hands, I figured repairing instruments was a way to use my degree and do more “hands on” work. In the fall of 1990, I attended Redwing Technical College, now Minnesota State College Southeast, Redwing Campus graduating the following Spring with a degree in Band Instrument Repair. My first job repairing instruments was at a shop Mankato. I did this for eight years where I gained valuable experience and honed my craft. In the Fall of 2000, I opened MK Music Repair in Owatonna and I have been here ever since. In my normal day-to-day operations, I travel two days a week where I call on 36 different schools. The other 3 days I am in the shop. Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction: Mark Kuklok (04:09)  Pulling mouthpieces (09:00)  Adjusting the neck octave key on saxophones (11:20)   Adjusting the A to Ab key on clarinet (14:21)  Tightening C Key Hinge Screws on Flute (16:29)  Spring pops off on a woodwind instrument (17:32)  Adjusting Head Corks on flutes (23:07)  Stuck Valves on brass instruments (26:02)  Rubber Bands, Duct Tape or Painters Tape (27:15)  Inexpensive Instruments from a repair tech point of view (29:54)  Final thoughts And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 MK Instrument Repair http://mkmusicrepair.com Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
31:50
May 13, 2020
12. Distance Learning & Online Collaboration in Stillwater Schools
Distance learning has quickly become a new way of life. Stillwater Schools have taken a collaborative approach to eLearning so that the band program remains unified pedagogically grades 5-12. Stillwater School District Band Faculty Dennis Lindsay, Band Director, Stillwater High School Michael Walk, Band Director, Stillwater Middle School Megan Holroyd, Band Director & Vocal Music, Stillwater Middle School Robin Vought, Band Director, Oak-Land Middle School Joel Bryan, Band Director, Stillwater High School, Aston Lakeland Elementary, Brookview Elementary, Andersen Elementary Mara Syman, Elementary Band Director, Rutherford Elementary, Lake Elmo Elementary, Stonebridge Elementary and Lily Lake Elementary --- Show timings: (00:00)  Introduction (03:37)  Online Platforms with examples of use (16:45)  Overarching goals for High School Students (18:18)  Goals for Middle School and Elementary Students (20:21)  Assessing the student’s work and progress (27:27)  What we have learned and what might stay following COVID-19 (32:05)  Closing And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Stillwater Bands https://stillwaterbands.net Facebook Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
37:52
May 6, 2020
11. Adults Making Music
Minnesota is unique in the number of adults making music. Last checked there were 238 registered community bands in Minnesota. There are also many community/regional orchestras, and Minnesota is the “land of 10,000 choirs”. In this episode we interview six adult musicians to help answer the question, “Why do you make music a central part of your adult life?” Jan Possehl Scholl, clarinet - Former member of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” Encore Wind Ensemble, Metropolitan Symphony, teacher. Lee Sackett, percussion - Tractor restoration business owner, Medalist Concert Band, percussion instructor, church musician. Maggy Otte, oboe - Community Development and Affordable Housing, Encore Wind Ensemble. Karyl Rice, oboe - Communications, Medalist Concert Band and Exultate Chamber Choir Steve Olsen, trumpet - Retired music teacher, Rosemount Community Band, Genesis Jazz Orchestra, church musician. Eric Elert, trumpet - Civil Engineer, Medalist Concert Band, freelance musician. Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction (01:36)  Jan Scholl (06:22)  Lee Sackett (11:31)  Maggy Otte (16:27)  Karyl Rice (23:15)  Steve Olsen (29:16)  Eric Elert And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Medalist Concert Band https://www.medalistband.com Encore Wind Ensemble https://encorewinds.com Exultate Chamber Choir and Orchestra https://exultate.org Rosemount Community Band and Genesis Jazz Orchestra https://rosemountcommunityband.org Genesis Jazz Orchestra https://gjo.rosemountcommunityband.org FB Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
35:17
April 29, 2020
10. Choosing Repertoire from a Global Perspective with Matthew George
Matthew J. George holds a DMA degree in conducting from the University of North Texas, a MM degree in music education from Southern Methodist University, and a BM degree in music education and trumpet performance from Ithaca College. Dr. George is Professor of Music, John Ireland Distinguished Professor, and the Director of Bands and Orchestra at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. George also served as Chair of the Department of Music at the university for twenty years. Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction (01:32)  What led to reaching and performing international repertoire (05:10)  What is important when choosing repertoire from a global perspective (6:50)  Unique instrumentation/performance practices/authentic musical styles (8:31)  Researcher and Scholar (9:52)  Advice to Educators (13:28)  Music for different age levels (14:27)  Commissioning International Composers (16:16)  Relationships in South America & story about Arturo Marquez (20:50)  Music beyond Mexico into Central and South America (22:04)  Don’t be scared off by international repertoire “Just Go For It!” (23:32)  In Closing Resources & Links Dr. Matthew George https://www.stthomas.edu/music/faculty/george-matthew-.html FB Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota http://best-of-british-music.com/ - England https://www.brainmusic-int.com/ - or https://bravomusicinc.com/ - Japan http://www.brazilianmusicpublications.com/ - South America https://brolgamusic.com/ - Australia josephc@jclink.com.cn - JC Link Company – China http://murphymusicpress.com/ - international https://www.musicoutfitters.com/musicpublishers.htm - multiple publisher listing, including international https://www.kotta.info/news/news_emb - Budapest https://www.fjhmusic.com/band/hafabra.htm - Belgium http://celebralamusica.mincultura.gov.co/Paginas/Inicio.aspx - Colombian government site http://www.funarte.gov.br/serie-musica-brasileira-pra-bandas/ - Brazil http://pilesmusic.net/tienda/list-all-products/ or http://pilesmusic.net/?lang=en – Spain https://www.reift.ch/?p=start_page – Central Europe (Switzerland) https://wasbe.org/ - World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles https://wasbe.org/repertoire-list https://www.giamusic.com/store/teaching-music https://www.windandrhythm.com/ Luisnani@hotmail.com – Argentina https://www.cayambismusicpress.com/ - South America
24:31
April 22, 2020
9. Secondary General Music: Culturally Responsive Teaching w/Sarah Minette
How might general music fit into a high school music curriculum? Do all music programs reflect the student population of schools? If you are curious about these questions, or just want to hear more about these topics and more, then this episode of Band in Minnesota is for you! Sarah Minette (BME, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, MAME, University of St. Thomas, and PhD, Arizona State University) is a music educator at Minneapolis South High School and adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Sarah’s 16 year career includes teaching middle school band, jazz band, marching band, and most recently, secondary general music. At the University of St. Thomas, Sarah teaches graduate and undergraduate music education classes. Sarah was recently awarded a Music Education Innovator grant from the Give a Note Foundation for her work at South High that focuses on providing as many music making opportunities for students as possible.

 Sarah’s research interests include gender and sexuality in music education, access and equity in music education, and secondary general music education. Sarah has presented her research at local and national venues, including the National Association for Music Education Research Conference, the Feminist Theory and Music Conference, the MayDay Colloquium, the International Conference on Narrative Inquiry, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, and the New Directions Conference. Sarah was recently appointed as the secondary music education chair of the Minnesota Music Educators Association and serves as the equity chair for the Minnesota Band Directors Association.  Additionally, Sarah is in demand as a guest presenter to undergraduate music education classes as well as graduate classes to share her teaching experiences as well as her research.  Show Timings (00:00) Share, Rate and Review Introduction (01:55) Introduction of our guest, Dr. Sarah Minette (04:16) Sarah’s Journey from Band Director to Secondary General Music Teacher (10:45) Secondary General Music: Project Based and/or Performance Based Instruction (16:07) Culturally Responsive Teaching and Cultivating Individual Musicianship (23:19) Teacher Education and the Next Generation of Music Teachers (28:23) Dispelling some Myths and thought about the Future  (35:01) Closing And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show.  Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Sarah Minette https://www.sarahminettemusic.com Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education from Understanding to Application by Vicki R. Lind, Constance McKoy https://www.routledge.com/Culturally-Responsive-Teaching-in-Music-Education-From-Understanding-to/Lind-McKoy/p/book/9781138814721 Another Perspective: Our "Both/And" Moment
Author(s): Randall Everett Allsup
Source: Music Educators Journal, Vol. 102, No. 2 (December 2015), pp. 85-86
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. on behalf of MENC: The National Association for Music Education
Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/24755665 Accessed: 22-12-2019 00:15 UTC  FB Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota  
35:55
April 15, 2020
8. The Life of a First Year Band Director (w/Brenna Sherman & Noah Grothe)
Life’s first experiences are always full of possibility. In this episode we hear from two first year Minnesota band directors, their joys and challenges as they begin their careers. Brenna Sherman is a first year band director at Princeton Middle School in Princeton Minnesota. She graduated from Luther College in Decorah IA. While at Luther College she participated in the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Collegiate Chorale, Competitive Ballroom and Swing team, and the Future Music Educators Association. In her final year she was fortunate to complete her student teaching at the Seoul Foreign School in Seoul, South Korea. She has received the Earl C. Benson Concerto Competition Scholarship, Minnesota All-State Music Scholarship, “Become” Award, Weston Noble Instrumental Music Excellence Scholarship, Forde-Preus Music Scholarship, John H. Monson International Education Scholarship, and the Presser Foundation Scholarship. She has enjoyed her first year of teaching immensely and cannot wait to see what wonderful moments of teaching are in store. Noah Grothe is a first year instrumental music educator at Levi P. Dodge Middle School in Farmington, MN. He graduated with a degree in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and taught both band and math as a long-term substitute before accepting his current position in Farmington. Noah has performed on the bass trombone with multiple ensembles in the Northfield area, and is otherwise musically active in his local church setting. Noah currently resides in Northfield, MN with his wife Morgan and 10 month old daughter Atarah. Show Timings (00:00)  Introduction, shout outs and call for feedback (05:10)  Introduce guests, Noah Grothe and Brenna Sherman (07:15)  What do you love most about teaching and when did you decide to teach? (10:32)  The biggest challenge in the first year (18:10)  Joy of teaching (23:48)  Other resources that help you get through the first year: people, books, etc. (29:22)  Closing thoughts And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 FB Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
30:35
April 8, 2020
7. Amy Powers and the Henry Sibley HS Equity Project
Equal access for all students is a goal in all of education. We’ve found a band director who has made it a reality. In this episode we are joined by Amy Powers, Director of Bands at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. We will learn how Amy met the challenges of equal access and led the Henry Sibley High School Band on a journey of a lifetime. Episode Overview (00:00)  Introduction (03:55)  Amy’s Background (07:46)  Henry Sibley High School (08:48)  Equity Project Description (14:16)  Touch Points: Recruiting Students into Lessons (15:40)  Henry Sibley High School Demographics (20:11)  Goals and Mission (23:45)  What comes Next (30:51)  Closing and Rate our Podcast And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcast, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 FB Website (Band in Minnesota) https://www.facebook.com/Band-in-Minnesota
33:25
April 1, 2020
6. COVID-19 and Distance/eLearning for Band
It’s Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and here we are in the middle of a pandemic. To help us get through this challenging time here are some thoughts and ideas. In the words of composer Eric Stokes, “Music is a Social Art.” You know much of what we do as creative musicians is done in solitude; individual practicing, composing and for me as a conductor, score study. In fact, there is nothing better than a cup of coffee, a silent place and a score, this is where my musical imagination can run free as I work to ingest the music. Yet with COVID-19 and our inability to gather, there is a void for all of us. Our feelings and experiences together in rehearsal rooms and on stages cannot be replicated. This absence has reminded me of the power and beauty of our art. I look forward to the time when we can once again be together in the celebration of life and music! Episode Overview (00:00)  Introduction to now (05:01)  What can we do and what tools do we have? (07:15)  Parker J. Palmer: The Courage to Teach (09:33)  Teaching for independence: release of responsibility (14:11)  This pause, purpose and listening (16:42)  We can’t do it all through E-learning (21:34)  Teaching students and parents how to practice (29:30)  Learning your instrument better by teaching someone else (31:30)  More technology…small steps (34:34)  Take a deep breath (35:17)  Reaching every student (39:11)  Bus driver chat (43:23)  Closing If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life https://www.amazon.com/Courage-Teach-Exploring-Landscape-Anniversary/dp/1119413044 Smart Music, Zoom, Google Classroom, Flipgrid, Facetime, and many other distance/e-learning resources for Band Directors mentioned on this show can be easily accessed here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bf9_IJPkt5VMKflkWIfnLW9OISjsFwva-W2sAYXdSFY FB Website (Band in Minnesota) www.facebook.com/BandinMinnesota
46:01
March 26, 2020
5. Creating a Culture that Inspires with Claire Larson
For this episode we traveled to rural Minnesota, Kenyon-Wanamingo School District to speak with a passionate music educator and band director by the name of Claire Larson. Claire Larson’s Background Claire grew up in Aurora Illinois where she was part of a vibrant band program.  She graduated from the St. Olaf College with a degree in K-12 instrumental music education. She also earned a Master’s degree in music education from the University of Minnesota. Claire student taught in Farmington, Minnesota and started her career in North Minneapolis at Patrick Henry High School. She also taught ins New Prague and Brooklyn Center before landing in her current position in Kenyon-Wanamingo in 2010 where she teaches grades 5 -12. After spending just a few hours with Claire it became very clear that she is an innovator and risk taker. She has enlisted an entire community in the pursuit of education. I say education because she is very interested in the whole student through her subject matter of music. You will hear excerpts from her students at all age levels and her administrator. These interviews were recorded independently from one another with remarkable similarity. Clearly everyone; students, faculty and administration in Kenyon-Wanamingo are on the same page! I hope that you enjoy this conversation as much as I did! Episode Overview (00:00)  Background (04:28)  Claire Larson Introduction (06:34)  Description of Community (12:13)  High School students speak (18:05)  Use of Smart Music (18:31)  Games: Band Karate (19:14)  5th and 6th grade students speak (20:12)  More technology: Site Reading Factory and YouTube (22:16)  Risk taking (27:20)  Milestones (29:11)  7th and 8th grade students speak (32:26)  Relationships and Traditions (37:54)  Colleagues and Administration (40:48)  Band Director Swap And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 FB Website (Band in Minnesota) www.facebook.com/BandinMinnesota
43:06
March 26, 2020
4. Band as Family with Peter Haberman
In the words of composer Erik Stokes, “Music is a Social Art.” In this episode we visit with Dr. Peter Haberman, Director of Bands as Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota about the Concordia Band program and their history and tradition of “Band as Family.” Dr. Peter Haberman’s Background Peter Haberman serves as the director of bands and associate professor of music at Concordia College, where he conducts The Concordia Band. He also leads the Echo Band, works with student conductors, teaches music education courses and coordinates the comprehensive band program. Prior to his appointment at Concordia, Haberman held similar positions as director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Bucknell University. Haberman maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician across North America. His ensembles have performed at conferences and music festivals across the nation and internationally. He also has served as music director for many community ensembles including the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony. Prior to his college career, Haberman spent several years teaching at the Mercer Island School District in Washington and the Maple Lake School District in Minnesota. He was honored to be the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award and the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at Mercer Island, and the Maple Lake Employee of the Year Award. Haberman is an active board member for the Minnesota Band Directors Association. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. His honorary memberships include Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda. A native of Minnesota, he has earned degrees from Concordia College, the University of Montana, and the University of Minnesota, where he completed a Doctor of Music Arts in conducting. Haberman lives in Moorhead, Minnesota, with his wife, Erika Tomten, and their daughter, Claire. I hope that you enjoy this conversation! Episode Overview (00:00)  Opening introductions (00:50)  Opening Music (01:13)  Building a Band Family Culture (03:53)  Music and Non- Music Majors in the process (07:08)  Leadership in Concert Ensembles (12:45)  Retreat Weekend, Band Board and Section Leaders (17:27)  Leading by Example and Relationships (19:40)  Final thoughts and closing remarks And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 FB Website (Band in Minnesota) www.facebook.com/BandinMinnesota Concordia College Bands https://www.concordiacollege.edu/student-life/music-ensembles/bands/
23:51
March 26, 2020
3. Collegiate Roundtable with Evah Engel
I believe the future of music education in Minnesota is in good hands. In this special episode we have a new host, Evah Engel from the University of Minnesota. She steps in to talk with other college students about challenges they face as future music educators. We apologize for the background noise in this episode - it was recorded LIVE during the MMEA Midwinter Clinic! Background of the College Students: Evah Engel attends the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as an Instrumental Music Education major. At the time of recording, she is a junior and plans to student teach in Spring 2021. Nahal Javan attends St. Olaf College as an Instrumental Music Education major and plays the french horn. At the time of recording, she is a senior and student teaching during Spring 2020. Julian Manley attends Minnesota State University at Mankato as an Instrumental Music Education major and plays the trumpet. At the time of recording, he is a senior and student teaching during Spring 2020. Ashley Olson attends Concordia College as an Instrumental Music Education major. At the time of recording, she is a senior and student taught in the Fall of 2019. Zachary Hathcock attends Winona State University as an Instrumental Music Education major and plays percussion. At the time of recording, he is a junior and plans to student teach in Fall 2020. Episode Overview (00:00)           Music Introduction and Background (00:41)           Introductions (01:19)           Student Teaching Experiences (03:03)           Connecting with Students (05:49)           Music in the curriculum in addition to band, orchestra and choir (11:09)           Beginning band in high school (13:24)           Reaching out to the community (17:32)           What is my teaching philosophy?: Working with cooperating teachers (21:15)           edTPA preparation and tips (27:31)           Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Clinic sessions And that wraps up today’s episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 FB Website (Band in Minnesota) www.facebook.com/BandinMinnesota
34:58
March 26, 2020
2. Growth Mindset: Adapting to Middle School Team Teaching
One thing we can count on in education is change. For this episode we were joined by the band faculty at Monticello Middle School, Melissa Krohn and Jennifer Macki. How we adapt creatively to change is ultimately going to determine our success. This episode explores an example of how two teachers came together for the benefit of their students and program. Episode Overview (00:00)   Introduction (02:26)   Band in Minnesota welcome and theme music: Holst, Second Suite in F (03:55)   Background on Change and Development of Team Teaching (08:52)   What Team-Teaching looks like at Monticello Middle School (12:00)   Unexpected outcomes (16:10)   Giving up autonomy and Core Values (22:42)   Use of Technology (23:41)   Final thoughts and encouragement And that wraps up this episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 FB Website (Band in Minnesota) www.facebook.com/BandinMinnesota
26:29
March 26, 2020
1. Beginner Band... for Parents!
So, your son or daughter comes home from school one day and says, “I want to join the band!” In this episode we are joined by three amazing music educators that specialize in beginning band instruction. Nancy Dostal, Minnesota Music Educator of the Year in 2017, Nicholas Ellison and Michael Moeller, Elementary Band Directors in the Edina School District. This episode is directed toward beginning band directors as well as beginning band parents. We hope you enjoy is highly informative conversation. Episode Overview (00:00)   Introduction of first podcast (00:21)   Band in Minnesota welcome and heme music: Holst, Second Suite in F (01:10)   Riffing about Beginner Band (05:00)   Introduce guests (05:31)   Where to begin/First Lessons/Getting Started (11:43)   Play Testing instruments/Setting students up for success (17:35)   Tips for Practicing at Home (23:45)   Sticking with it (29:10)   Additional Opportunities (39:57)   Closing And that wraps up today’s episode. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 FB Website (Band in Minnesota) www.facebook.com/BandinMinnesota
41:20
March 26, 2020
Welcome to "Band in Minnesota"
A new podcast about band and music education. But don't let the name fool you - this is for everyone! Hosted by Jerry Luckhardt (University of Minnesota) and Bradley Mariska (Farmington High School). "Band in Minnesota" – Episode 0 “Band in Minnesota Introduction” Hi Band in Minnesota Listeners! This is Jerry Luckhardt, I’m a band director at the University of Minnesota…and I’m Brad Mariska band director at Farmington High School in Farmington. Minnesota. So, here is the big announcement! We along with colleagues and friends from around Minnesota are creating a podcast that will address many of the hottest topics on the minds of Minnesota Band directors. The idea of creating a podcast for “Band in Minnesota” came as I listened to some of my favorite podcasts and enjoyed Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I thought, let's blend these two formats and share stories from around Minnesota.” We have so many great people in our profession doing amazing work. We need to capture these success stories as well as bring ideas and solutions to challenges. I also knew I wanted a co-host and you Bradley immediately came to mind. Your passion for music and students is so infectious. You also have amazing technology chops and most importantly, I just like being around you. Our hopes and dreams are that these podcasts will serve as a way for us to connect and inspire our listeners to learn more about the many exciting things happening in band rooms around Minnesota. Topics ranging from beginning band to adults making music and everything in between will be unpacked and explored. If you enjoyed this episode or any other episode, please consider leaving a review on any of the platforms that you listen to the show on: Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and Pocket Casts. Your reviews, with or without written feedback, help get the word out about the show. Thank you again for listening. And to our listeners…I'm still interested in that cup of coffee! So let’s kick-off this series of podcast of….Band in Minnesota! Other Resources Show Hosts Jerry Luckhardt   https://cla.umn.edu/about/directory/profile/luckh001 Bradley Mariska  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-mariska-63ba2855 FB Website (Band in Minnesota) www.facebook.com/BandinMinnesota
06:41
February 27, 2020