The Band Room Podcast

The Band Room Podcast

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Welcome to The Band Room! A podcast bringing you the best of band. Dylan Maddix will be sitting down with the movers and shakers of the wind world, conductors, composers, teachers and performers. Have your ears opened to the new and exciting and take your seat in The Band Room!
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The Band Room Podcast Trailer
My name is Dylan Maddix and I’m the host of the Band Room Podcast. The podcast about everything band! I’ll be sitting down with the movers and shakers of the wind world, composers, conductors, performers and music educators. Bringing their insights, stories and inspirations to you. I’ll also be going solo exploring topics on music education, conducting, performance and more. If you work with bands, teach bands, play in a band or you love just love music, we have something for you! So, get your reed, empty your spit valve and take a seat in the Band Room. Listen on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to fine podcasts. Music used: Skyline by E.K.R. Hammell (https://ekrhammell.com/) Performers: University of Toronto Wind Ensemble, Dr. Gillian MacKay, Conductor
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May 12, 2020
Ep. 13 | Mark Hopkins
Dylan is joined in the Band Room with his friend and mentor, Dr. Mark Hopkins, Professor of Music at Acadia University. They discuss everything from his "unusual" path to where he is, getting back up when you get knocked down, influential teachers, love of teaching, COVID-19 ensemble ideas for the fall and more! The music used in today’s episode was Donald Coakley’s, Antiphonals, performed by the Acadia University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Hopkins. Help support the Band Room Podcast: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fz6g56-the-band-room-podcast
2:10:15
May 8, 2020
Ep. 12 | Jonathan Dagenais
Jonathan Dagenais is a Canadian composer, conductor, music educator and one of Dylan's favourite colleagues to work with. Jonathan sits down with Dylan to discuss his musical upbringing, musical influences, compositional process, conducting career, what he looks for as an adjudicator and much more! We also feature Jonathan's, Mouvement Frénétique as our featured piece. Help support the Band Room Podcast: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fz6g56-the-band-room-podcast Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bandroompod/message
1:28:56
April 10, 2020
Ep. 11 | Fostering Focus & Intent
Dylan is going solo amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Your band can play the notes! Your band can play the rhythms! There’s even a crescendo! Now what? Join Dylan as he gives ideas to get your band playing beyond the notes on the page, improving their musicality through a mindset of focus and intent. This episode begins our new featured composer segment, this month featuring EKR Hammell. Help support the Band Room Podcast: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fz6g56-the-band-room-podcast Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bandroompod/message
40:03
March 23, 2020
Ep. 10 | Linda Wharton
First episode of 2020! Join Dylan as he and Linda Wharton discuss growing up in London, Ontario, attending Western University, teaching at Central Secondary School, adjudicating, how music helped through trying times and coming full circle now teaching at Western University. Let us know what you thought about this episode and leave us a message at: https://anchor.fm/the-band-room/message Linda Wharton is a UWO Faculty of Music grad and an Althouse College grad. She taught at Central Elgin Collegiate Institute for five years and at Central Secondary School in London for almost three decades. Her Concert Bands, Wind Ensembles and Jazz Ensembles won many awards locally, regionally, provincially and nationally.  Linda has won many teaching awards, including the Award of Distinction from the Thames Valley District School Board and the Dennis Brown Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Richardson Music Awards.  Linda currently teaches Instrumental Conducting Techniques at Western and she adjudicates at music festivals around the province.
44:30
January 27, 2020
Ep. 9 | Dr. Jason Caslor
We welcome Director of Wind Ensembles at Arizona State University, Dr. Jason Caslor to the Band Room Podcast! Join Dylan as he and Jason discuss his formative years growing up in Saskatchewan, his time at University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba and Arizona State University, studying with Dale Lonis and Gary Hill, his time with the Thunder Bay Symphony, Memorial University and how he made his way back to Arizona. Let us know what you thought about this episode and leave us a message at: https://anchor.fm/the-band-room/message Jason Caslor is an associate professor of music and director of wind ensembles at Arizona State University. In addition to directing the ensemble, he also mentors graduate conducting students, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses. Caslor is an educational clinician for Conn-Selmer. From 2015-2019, Caslor served as assistant professor and associate director of bands and orchestras and Arizona State University. From 2010-2015, Caslor served as assistant professor of instrumental conducting at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada where he conducted the wind ensemble and oversaw the undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting programs. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as resident conductor with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO). During his tenure with the TBSO, he conducted more than 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio national broadcast) and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. Recipient of an “Excellence in Teaching” Award from Memorial University’s Students’ Union in 2012, Caslor also spent several years teaching in the public school system as an instrumental and choral instructor. In addition to numerous regional engagements, Caslor has conducted the National Youth Band of Canada, the South Dakota All State Band, the South Dakota Intercollegiate Band, and the Alberta Wind Symphony. As a researcher, he has presented his work at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the WASBE International Conference, and the CBDNA National Conference. Caslor’s current research interests include developing a user-friendly iPad application that will allow for the transmission of high-quality audio over the internet for the purposes of internet-based rehearsals/clinics and spontaneous improvisation as it pertains to both conducting pedagogy and large ensembles.
42:30
November 17, 2019
Ep. 8 | Sharon Fitzsimmins
We welcome award-winning music educator, Sharon Fitzsimmins to the Band Room Podcast! Join Dylan as he and Sharon discuss her formative years, rebuilding a band program, her involvement in the OMEA, what adjudicators are looking for, involvement with Music Fest Canada and many words of wisdom for music educators. Sharon Fitzsimmins, Mus. Bac., B.Ed, is a respected educator, international adjudicator, clinician and conductor. She is past president of The Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) and was co-editor of The Recorder for 8 years, examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music and a conductor at the National Music Camp of Canada . She has received numerous teaching, professional development and leadership awards including Teacher of the Year. In November 2006, Sharon received the highest award from the OMEA, an Honorary Life Membership. In Feb. 2019 Sharon also received an Honorary Life Membership from the Ontario Band Association (OBA).Sharon is currently the Chair of the Concert Band Division for MusicFest Canada. Sharon is proud to have taught for thirty years at Barrie North Collegiate where she conducted award winning bands and choirs. She has written three teacher resources and a collection of stories called It Made Me Laugh, It Made Me cry. Stories From the Music Room. Let us know what you thought about this episode and leave us a message at: https://anchor.fm/the-band-room/message
45:26
October 1, 2019
Ep. 7 | Cait Nishimura
Season 2 has begun! We welcome composer, Cait Nishimura to the Band Room Podcast! Join Dylan and Cait as they discuss her formative years, finding her path as a musician, her compositional process, fighting self-doubt and why she does what she does. Cait Nishimura is a Canadian composer, songwriter, and music educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Described as having a "refreshing buoyancy", her music uses minimalist patterns, simple yet lush harmonies, and themes that linger in listeners' minds, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the natural world. With a special focus on wind band and choral music, Nishimura strives to present contemporary concert music that is accessible and enjoyable by musicians of all levels. Her work for wind band, Chasing Sunlight, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Canadian Band Association Composition Competition, and has since been added to regional and national wind band syllabi. Nishimura holds undergraduate degrees in music and education from the University of Toronto. Her work is regularly programmed and commissioned by ensembles across North America, where she is in demand as a visiting composer and educator. Outside of her work in the "classical" realm, Cait is currently writing her first musical and has released her first pop single: https://smarturl.it/c2uh8y Let us know what you thought about this episode and leave us a message at: https://anchor.fm/the-band-room/message
1:03:15
September 8, 2019
Ep. 6 | Migration
The Band Room is back after a long break! In Ep. 6 Dylan brings you music of Migration, featuring works inspired by travel in some way. Works by David Maslanka, Kelly-Marie Murphy and Adam Schoenberg show us the different forms migration might take. This episode features performances by the Texas A&M University Wind Symphony and Dr. Timothy B. Rhea, The Hannaford Street Silver Band with Alain Trudel and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble with Jerry Junkin. Big thanks to Mark Records, Hannaford Street Silver Band and the University of Texas for the use of the recordings used on today's episode.
47:15
February 8, 2018
Ep. 5 | Dr. Gillian MacKay | Being The Best Musician You Can Be
We welcome the wonderful Dr. Gillian MacKay, from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music to the Band Room Podcast! Join Dylan as he and Dr. MacKay discuss her formative years growing up in Lethbridge, Alberta, when she caught the conducting bug, influential teachers and her thoughts on being a performing conductor/educator.  Gillian MacKay is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Toronto, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting, trumpet, and music education. An award-winning teacher, Gillian has an active professional career as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. She has conducted honour bands throughout Canada and the United States, and in 2001 was chosen to conduct the National Youth Band of Canada. A sought-after adjudicator, Dr. MacKay has judged Canadian band festivals at local, provincial, and national levels. In addition, she has judged band competitions in Singapore and Thailand. In October 2007, Gillian was the conductor of the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in Bangkok, a group which has members from countries throughout Southeast Asia. Dr. MacKay has presented clinics and workshops at provincial and state conferences in Canada and the United States, and is known for her work on the relationship between conducting and mime. Also recognized as a conducting pedagogue, Gillian leads the University of Toronto Wind Conducting Symposium each July, and has been the guest instructor at other symposia in Canada. As a trumpeter, she is active as a recitalist and chamber musician, and has a particular interest in the French solo trumpet and cornet music of the 19th century. Gillian holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Lethbridge, McGill University, the University of Calgary and Northwestern University. Previously, Dr. MacKay was Instructor of Brass at Medicine Hat College, and Director of the School of Music at the University of Windsor.
29:32
September 6, 2017
Ep. 4 | Don't Mess With Texas
This episode is dedicated to all Band Room listeners in the great band state of Texas. Join Dylan in an episode entitled, Don't Mess With Texas, as he explores wind music of Texas, with works by Kevin Puts, Scott McAllister and Donald Grantham. Featuring the Baylor University Wind Ensemble with Dr. Eric Wilson, Michigan State University Wind Symphony with Dr. Kevin Stedatole & The University of Texas Wind Ensemble with Jerry Junkin. Please go to: www.dylanrookmaddix.com/thebandroom to learn about where you can donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Let's help our band geeks to the south, when they need it most. Big thanks to Mark Records for the use of the recordings used on today's episode. Come back next week when Dr. Gillian MacKay from the University of Toronto will be joining us, as we talk about Being the Best Musician You Can Be | A Conductor's Perspective.
33:11
August 31, 2017
Ep. 3 | Sounds of Summer
Dylan is not quite ready for summer to be over, so join him as he explores the Sounds of Summer! With works by Percy Grainger, Michael Colgrass and David Maslanka. Featuring the United States Marine Band, Rutgers Wind Ensemble and University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Big thanks to Mark Records for the use of the recordings used on today's episode. Come back next week when Dr. Gillian MacKay from the University of Toronto will be joining us!
32:51
August 24, 2017
Ep. 2 | Coast To Coast
Join Dylan as he brings you on a road trip across Canada's musical landscape! Looking at works by Dinuk Wijeratne, Andrew Staniland , Matthew Emery/E.K.R. Hammell and Howard Cable. Huge thanks to Mark Records for providing some of the great recordings used on today's podcast!
34:38
August 12, 2017
Ep. 1 | New Beginnings
To celebrate the very first episode of The Band Room, Dylan brings you music of new beginnings. Four very different beginnings but all the start of something new! Featuring works by Jonathan Newman, David Gillingham, Henry Kucharzyk and Gustav Holst.
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August 4, 2017