Band in Minnesota
Band in Minnesota
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).
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
Sep 16
30 min
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
Sep 9
28 min
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! 
Sep 2
31 min
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
Aug 26
26 min
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
Aug 19
27 min
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
Aug 12
38 min
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
Jul 31
36 min
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
Jul 21
28 min
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
Jul 14
35 min
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
Jul 7
36 min
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