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Episode 123 - Wendy Higdon

Everything Band Podcast

Release Date: 08/12/2019

Episode 202 - Mary Cogswell show art Episode 202 - Mary Cogswell

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Mary Cogswell is the current president of the South Dakota Bandmasters Association, the editor of the Beginning Band Adaptable series, and a long time beginning band teacher. If you teach beginners, this is the episode for you!

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Episode 201 - Kenneth Collins show art Episode 201 - Kenneth Collins

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Biography Capt. Kenneth C. Collins, a native of Reno, Nevada, entered the Navy in 1989 and attended recruit training in San Diego, California. Upon completion of Musician "A" school, he served as a percussionist in fleet bands in Guam and Newport, Rhode Island. His first assignment upon receiving a commission as a limited duty officer bandmaster in 1998 was as the ceremonial band leader and associate conductor of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., and shortly thereafter an assignment as the assistant director of the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. Collins served as the...

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Episode 200 - Matthew Maslanka show art Episode 200 - Matthew Maslanka

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Matthew Maslanka is David Maslanka’s second son and the primary caretaker of David’s music. Born in New York City in 1982, he grew up listening to his father composing at the piano. From the age of 10, Matthew started helping out by making photocopies of scores and dubbing cassette tapes for David to send to conductors interested in the music. At 12, Matthew discovered the delights of engraving music with a computer. By 14, he was skilled enough to handle the preparation of his father’s music and proceeded to engrave virtually every work from that point forward. In this way, he...

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Episode 199 - Gary Green show art Episode 199 - Gary Green

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Gary Green is Director of Bands Emeritus at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Gary served for ten years as Director of Bands at the University of Connecticut. Gary joins the show today to discuss the important life lessons that music teachers need to know to build a culture of excellence. Gary Green and was influential in commissioning and recording new works for winds and percussion which included Symphony No. 3 by David Maslanka and A Cornfield in July and The River by William Penn. Urban Requiem by Michael Colgrass was...

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Episode 198 - Mark Connor show art Episode 198 - Mark Connor

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For this episode I'm going to be sitting across from the microphone while Colin Peters interviews me. I have had pretty rough go of it during the pandemic and felt that it was the right moment to share some thoughts and encouragement from my own experience.

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Episode 196-- Kevin Sedatole show art Episode 196-- Kevin Sedatole

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Kevin Sedatole is the Director of Bands and Chair of the conducting area at Michigan State University. He has had a celebrated career in music as a conductor, clinician, teacher, and advocate for new music. 

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Episode 195 - Glenn Eichelberger show art Episode 195 - Glenn Eichelberger

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Glenn Eichelberger is the Director of Bands at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Glenn has been involved in HBCU bands for his entire career and joins the show to discuss his career and his experiences with HBCU excellence in music.

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Episode 194 - Cam Stasa show art Episode 194 - Cam Stasa

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Cam Stasa is a well known figure in the marching arts community as the Director of Participant Relations for Music for All (Bands of America). She joins the show to discuss Music for All programs, her personal journey through music, and her prospective on winning and losing in competition. Links:    Biography: A graduate of  and  (MI), she taught English and Communications in secondary schools prior to her arrival at MFA.  Originally hired as Director of Operations for Bands of America, her job description evolved into the “sales” director of Music for...

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Episode 193 - Paula Crider show art Episode 193 - Paula Crider

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Paula Crider has had an illustrious 33 year teaching career as a band director, 17 of those as the director of the University of Texas Longhorn Band. She continues to be powerful voice in the band community as a clinician and consultant.

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Episode 192 - JaRod Hall show art Episode 192 - JaRod Hall

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JaRod Hall is a band director in Frisco, Texas and an up and coming composer at the beginning of his writing career. He is infectiously positive throughout our conversation about his creative journey, including a discussion of representation and why it matters for our students.

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Wendy Higdon is the award winning Director of Bands at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Indiana. Under her baton the Wind Symphony at Creekside has performed at numerous venues, including the Midwest Clinic. Wendy is also the creator and owner of the music education website “On and Off the Podium."

Topics:

  • Wendy’s background as a musician and her influences as a teacher.
  • Some of the structures and procedures that Wendy uses in her classroom to achieve success and the importance of being yourself.
  • Tips for recruitment and retention and a conversation about assessment and using “Band Karate.”
  • The organization of the Creekside Middle School band program.

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Biography:

Wendy Higdon is the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Indiana.  Under her direction, the Creekside Wind Symphony was honored to perform at The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2013.  The Creekside Wind Symphony has also been a featured performing ensemble at the Indiana Music Education Association Conference as well as serving as a rehearsal clinic band at the Midwest Clinic and at the Indiana Music Education Association Conference. 

 

Ms. Higdon has served as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and guest speaker around the country.  In 2013, she received the “Fifty Directors Who Make a Difference” Award from School Band and Orchestra Magazine.  Her articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist magazine, as well as being published by NAfME, D'Addario Education Collective, Music for All, and SmartMusic, among others.  She regularly speaks about important topics in music education at state and regional conferences, and has recently presented sessions at several national conferences including The Midwest Clinic, the National Association of School Music Dealers Conference, and the Australian National Band and Orchestra, where she was a keynote presenter.

Ms. Higdon earned her degree in music education from Ball State University Honors College, graduating summa cum laude.  She also holds two Masters degrees from Butler University, one in clarinet performance and the second in education administration. She is a member of Phi Beta Mu International, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, the National Association for Music Education, the Indiana Music Education Association and the Indiana Bandmasters Association.