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A Conversation with Paul Murtha

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

Release Date: 12/07/2021

Retired Col. Thomas Palmatier show art Retired Col. Thomas Palmatier

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

Retired Colonel Thomas Palmatier shares what drew him to join the military and reflects on his more than 37 years in the United States Army where he served in a wide array of assignments including Leader and Commander of the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own."  Since retirement, Palmatier has kept very active and has recently been named Editor of School Band and Orchestra Magazine.

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Tom Merrill - Traveling With Your Band show art Tom Merrill - Traveling With Your Band

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

Tom Merrill spent the first 10 years of his career as a band director and the past 20 years in the festival and travel business.  Tom provides great insights and information if you are considering traveling with your group.

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Ted Piechocinski, Director of the Music Business Program, Indiana State University show art Ted Piechocinski, Director of the Music Business Program, Indiana State University

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

It all started when his junior high school band director told his dad that he thought Ted would make a great band director.  Who knew that 50 plus years later he would have degrees in music education, music performance and law. With experience in the music industry, Ted Piechocinski is now director of one of the finest college music business programs in the nation and author of a comprehensive book:  The Music Industry - Where Creativity Meets Business.  

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Jay Bocook show art Jay Bocook

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

With over 600 titles to his credit, Jay Bocook is one of America's finest and most trusted band composers and arrangers.  From his days as a student with the Largo (FL) Band of Gold to returning to his Alma Mater, Furman University as Director of Bands, Jay's story is one of hard work, discipline and determination.

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Dr. Ken Dye, Director of Bands, University of Notre Dame show art Dr. Ken Dye, Director of Bands, University of Notre Dame

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

Dr. Ken Dye shares his journey from a student in California to becoming the Director of Bands at the University of Notre Dame.  Dr. Dye talks about the role the band plays in preparing his students for their life after college.

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Les Taylor - The Importance of Listening to Music show art Les Taylor - The Importance of Listening to Music

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

Les Taylor and Charlie have a conversation on the importance of listening to music and the need to create dedicated time to expanding our musical palettes.  

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John Armato, Dr. Heidi Kay Begay & Dr. Garrett Hope show art John Armato, Dr. Heidi Kay Begay & Dr. Garrett Hope

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

John Armato makes his second visit to the podcast to talk about all that went into his CD, The Drummer Loves Ballads.  It's a fascinating journey.  

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A Conversation with Paul Murtha show art A Conversation with Paul Murtha

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

Paul Murtha served as Chief Arranger for "Pershing's Own," The United States Army Band from 2001 to 2016.  Today, he continues writing and has over 600 published works to his credit.  Since his first theory class with his high school band director, Paul Murtha shares an interesting journey that has led him to become a national treasure in the band arranging world.

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Mike Lawson, Publisher, SBO Magazine show art Mike Lawson, Publisher, SBO Magazine

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

As a little kid, Mike Lawson loved to sing.  Then a friend's father changed his life by teaching him his first four guitar chords.  His love for music grew but he only had a limited path in traditional school music ensembles. Mike dropped out of high school and started playing in bands.  Today, as publisher of SBO, Jazz Ed, Choral Director and MME Magazines, Mike hopes to provide content to help teachers inspire students to succeed in music, school and life.

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George Hattendorf, Retired Director of Bands, Mountain Ridge High School, Phoenix, AZ show art George Hattendorf, Retired Director of Bands, Mountain Ridge High School, Phoenix, AZ

Band Talk with Charlie Menghini and Friends

George Hattendorf talks about his 47 plus year career and offers that band directors have two choices....stand on the sideline and complain or get involved and be a part of the change.  George chose the latter for all the right reasons and in doing so, offered his students lifetime experiences.

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Paul Murtha served as Chief Arranger for "Pershing's Own," The United States Army Band from 2001 to 2016.  Today, he continues writing and has over 600 published works to his credit.  Since his first theory class with his high school band director, Paul Murtha shares an interesting journey that has led him to become a national treasure in the band arranging world.