When I work with jazz ensembles on style and phrasing, I strongly emphasize that everyone needs to know what instruments they are listening to – and why.
Ensemble playing in an outdoor environment can be one of the most challenging endeavors we face as educators. Beyond just the sheer listening environment and spatial demands, we must have a clear understanding of how the various percussion ensembles fit into the picture and how they work and interact with the wind section.
One of the most challenging aspects of being a director is programming a concert. Balancing the interests of the musicians as well as the audience can be a large task.
Having a strong show concept can take you far in marching competition, but the ability to make great mid-season adjustments is something that sets the top programs apart.
When a great screen actor takes on a stage role, they significantly adapt their technique for the larger venue.