2014 Marching Podcast Award Winners!!

We had another great year of marching band performances and were blessed to do another show for the Marching Podcast Awards. I will be announcing the winners and honorable mentions on Twitter. This year Rashad Watters and James McDaniel from BandTube.com and Brian Rhodes, our marching Aggie, were on the show with me; and we had a good time. Shout out to my crab brother, Troy Milton, who was stuck in a snow storm in Detroit and could not call in to the show. Just like last year, our overlapping decisions were awarded the consensus selection, and we had to mention other schools because it is hard sometimes to settle on one band.  Here are the winners and the honorable mentions for the 2014 Marching Podcast Awards!

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  • Best Songs - (Consensus) SC State: “Love and War”
    Mentions - Southern: “Beyond”, “On My Grind”, “Contusion” and “Stranger in My House” Alabama A&M: “Pretty Girls” and “Prototype” Livingstone College and Clark Atlanta: “Neck” North Carolina A&T: “When I Was Your Man”
  • Sleeper Battles - (No Consensus) Alcorn vs. Mississippi Valley, Prairie View A&M vs. Texas Southern, and Alcorn vs. Taladega
  • Best 5th Quarter (not only 5th Quarter but good match-ups of the year) – (Consensus) The Magic City Classic (Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M)
    Mentions  – Alabama State vs. Southern, The Boombox Classic II (Jackson State vs. Southern), Tennessee State vs. Jackson State, Texas Southern vs. Southern, and Florida A&M vs. Bethune Cookman
  • Sleeper Band - (Consensus) Miles, Taladega, and UAPB
    Mentions - St. Augustine, Alabama AM, Savannah State, Morgan State, Virginia State, Grambling, and Mississippi Valley
  • Best Halftime Show - (Consensus) North Carolina A&T (Honda Show, The Gangster Show, and Adrian Carroll BOTB)
    Mentions - Southern (Soul Train dance routine)
  • Best in the Stands - (Consensus) Southern
    Mentions - Tennessee State, Bethune Cookman, and North Carolina A&T
  • Best Overall Band - (Consensus) Bethune Cookman
    Mentions - North Carolina A&T, Southern, and Jackson State
  • Best Book (Repertoire) - (Consensus) Tennessee State
  • Best Drill - (Consensus) Southern
    Mentions - Howard, Ohio State, North Carolina A&T, and Bethune Cookman
  • Best Conference - (Consensus) SWAC

To listen to the show click here: http://bit.ly/19vY44P

 

 

Trademark continued…Notice of Allowance

We are excited to reach another milestone here at The Marching Podcast, and we are honored and blessed for the support we received to get this done. We applied for a trademark for TMP in late 2012, and in May of 2013, we officially received the trademark…or so we thought. Later we received an email from Trademarkia, the company that published the trademark said that we needed to file a Notice of Allowance. “What is this?” I thought. The Notice of Allowance means the government will give me my trademark, if I submit a proof of use that shows that I am currently using said trademark.

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I added a picture of one of the T-Shirts from the Marching Podcast Nalia Store and added all the information in the form. I then click on the next button and of course another fee!!! …and this is more expensive than the trademark form I filled out last year!!!! It is significant to acknowledge all of the hoops and red tape needed to push your business in our society. One of our investors, Jack Lukehart Jr., who supports the network, laughed with me about this when we asked for his help. He said that things like this are in place to deter anyone from running a business, it may seem like a lot of work and extra money every year, but the effort to cut through the red tape should be for the benefit of why the business stands. I sat back and realized how correct he was, because my initial thought should not be one of an obstacle, but more work and more savings to help provide scholarships to young people so they can learn about and become successful in the world of business and beyond.

Starting this business has been an incredible learning experience and my lesson here in this particular case is that I should be prepared for any fees and/or new taxes that may appear to hinder my path. In actuality, this is part of the work that I need to do to make the world a better place. Other than learning lessons, I want to send a shot out to the investors that without any hesitation donated to the cause. I talked to Chuck Moore about my frustration of needing money to make things happen, and he told me that choosing anger and frustration is a choice. I can also choose to do what I can to swim or to stay alive.  Our Director of Editing Collin Welbon, was out of work, but still wanted to help us keep our trademark alive. Not too long after he said he would help, he found a nice, full-time gig. So in this process of establishing a trademark, I am learning from the business but also learning life lessons from the people that love and support the cause. All established through friendship which is essential to the soul. :)

I am very thankful for the type of people we have in our network and having good people around us is the real reason The Marching Podcast is alive and growing. Also shot out to our normal sponsors and patrons that donate every month. This Notice has been filed and I am awaiting further correspondence.

Collin Welbon and Jessie Parteno

Jack Lukehart Jr.

Chuck Moore

The 2014 Marching Podcast People’s Choice Award Winners!

The results are in for another great season, and we appreciate all of the support and the turnout this year in our voting system. The people have spoken, so here are the results from the 2013 People’s Choice Awards for The Marching Podcast. Our next voting poll will be for The 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands! Thanks for being a part of The 2013 90 Degree Show!

TMPTrophyWeek 1: Bethune Cookman 56%  vs.  Tennessee State 44%

Week 2: Florida A&M 53% vs. Tennessee State 47%

Week 3: Jackson State 32%  vs. Tennessee State 68%

Week 4: Edward Waters College 56% vs. Livingstone College 44%

Week 5: Jackson State 49% vs. Southern University 51%

Week 6: South Carolina State 13% vs. North Carolina A&T 87%

Week 7: Grambling State University 55% vs. Alcorn State University 45%

Week 8: Hampton University 29%  vs. Norfolk State University 71%

Week 9: Alabama State University 91% vs. Alabama A&M University 9%

Week 10: Texas Southern University 28% vs. Southern University 72%

Week 11: Shaw University 33% vs. St. Augustine University 67%

Week 12: Miles College 56% vs. Albany State University 44%

Week 13: Florida A&M University 83% vs. Bethune Cookman University 17%

Week 14: Grambling State University 40% vs. Southern University 60%

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2013 SWAC BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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Alabama State University: 36%

Alabama A&M University: 8%

Alcorn State University: 11%

Mississippi Valley State University: 7%

Prairie View A&M University: 16%

Texas Southern University 22%

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2014 HONDA BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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Alabama State University: 13%

Alabama A&M University: 21%

Bethune Cookman University: 15%

Morehouse College: 5%

North Carolina A&T University: 20%

South Carolina State University: 2%

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff: 16%

Winston Salem State University: 7%

100 Broadcasts and Running!

304417_333112973452902_1444244306_nWe are proud to announce another milestone here at The Marching Podcast Network. On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, we will be broadcasting our 100th episode on The Marching Podcast Network: Chop It Up with Joshua Cousin. We are blessed and honored to reach this milestone and would not have done it without the listeners and our entire staff. We also want to give thanks to all the people that have broadcast shows on our network and all the people that helped with each broadcast directly and indirectly.

We want The Marching Podcast to be a series of positive podcasts that help inspire young people to do great things and make a balanced decision concerning the college they choose to attend. It it also for the adults to have a platform to reach these young people and be a positive benchmark for the rest of the world. Our passion is to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). We strive to provide scholarships to help increase the number of scholarships available and create excitement for HBCU’s. Similar to The Cosby Show and A Different World, we want The Marching Podcast to be that beacon of light and prosperity.

Each podcast has helped with the growth of the network and has also helped bring more listeners to a variety of our network’s other shows. At this time, I want to attempt to say “thanks” to everyone. Thank you to all the shows that have broadcast on The Marching Podcast Network, the people that have helped with audio quality and creative presentation, and last but not least our sponsors and patrons that allow us to broadcast during peak hours (please see the list below for more details). Special thanks to Collin Welbon our Director of Editing, who just recently boosted his career by taking a new job editing for a software company where he lives in San Francisco but will still be able to edit our posts. Another special thanks to all the experts that call in and help me host the 90 Degree Show.

Podcasts Shows:

Talking HBCU News with The Reeds

That’s What I’m Talking About with David Thompson and Howard Payne

Medicina with Irene Vizcarra

The Wright Way with Bert Wright

Eight to Five with Chris Jones

Brass WoodSheddin’ with Avery McFadden

Percussion WoodSheddin’ with Kerian Cox

Panelists:

Troy Milton

Marice Bailey

Rashad Watters

Tyrone McCollumn

Vibert Garraway

Steve Johnson

Brian Rose

Garrett Edgerson

Audio Quality and Creative Presentation:

David Thompson – Male voice over, suggested the Blue Yeti

John Pickens – Gave us applications to record Skype calls and suggestions for audio editing

Erika Jones Purvis – Female Voice-over

Jarrett Carter Sr. of HBCU Digest – Listening to his show was the final influence that got us started

BlogTalkRadio University and BTR Support

Sponsors and Patrons:

Howard Payne (Patron)

Liquid Effex Photography

Big Deal Fundraising

Universal Credit Sources

Bandhead.Org and HBCUBands.com

Marching 8 to 5

HBCUNews.net

Block Band Music

Two Instruments: Is it Necessary?

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During a long conversation with a parent of a 7th-grade cello player, we discussed the possible reasons behind her lack of practicing. The school she attends is fortunate enough to provide students with instruments, which they can sign-out and bring home as they please. Being both reasonable and realistic, the parent only asked for her to bring the instrument home on the weekend. Conveniently, the child “forgets” to bring the cello home.

To summarize our entire conversation, students in the 6th-9th grades are very concerned about their image. Toting a large instrument case, or any size for that matter, may not be the “coolest” thing in the eyes of their peers. Unfortunately, they care deeply about what their peers think of them at this age. In this particular case, the 7th-grade also student rode the school bus, which brings on an entirely different set of physical challenges that add to the existing image concerns.

Ultimately, the parent asked if I thought it was worth purchasing an instrument for her to keep at home so that she wouldn’t have to take the cello back and forth. In this situation, my answer is definitely “Yes.” It’s always good to own the instrument, so the child knows that you have invested in their extracurricular activity. This may inspire them to take it more seriously and not just see it as a class they were forced to take. Also, by having the instrument at home, accessibility is no longer an issue, so 30 minutes of daily practice should be incorporated into their daily schedule.

However, if you have purchased an instrument because the school does not supply one, I do not think you should purchase a second instrument just so the student can leave one at school. Most students do not have this luxury, and eventually should grow to appreciate their new interest, embrace their hobby, and have pride in being a part of the school band or orchestra. It will take some time (some longer than others), but please keep them motivated and it’ll all work out.

Here’s a list of ideas that may help speed up the process:

1. Take students to see professional band and symphony concerts whenever you have the opportunity

2. Listen to music that features the instrument he or she is learning to play

3. Find similarities between instrumental music and their favorite music genres and relate it to their everyday lives

4. Have them learn about famous people who play their instrument

5. Always try to make it fun and keep them engaged

Brass Literature from McFadden

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ALL LEVELS

Arban: Complete Conservatory Method, ed. Goldman and Smith (C. Fischer)

Saint-Jacome: Grand Method (C. Fischer)

BEGINNER

Clarke: Elementary Studies (C. Fischer)

Robinson: Rubank Elementary Method (Rubank)

Gordon: Physical Approach to Elementary Brass Playing (C. Fischer)

INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED

Clarke: Technical Studies (C. Fischer)

The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method, Books 1-3 (Alfred)

Schlossberg: Daily Drills and Technical Studies (M. Baron)

Smith: Lip Flexibility (C. Fischer)

Colin: Advanced Lip Flexibilities (C. Colin)

Gower and Voxman (ed.): Rubank Advanced Method (Rubank)

Chavanne: 25 Characteristic Studies, ed. Voisin (International) Stamp: Warm-ups plus Studies (Editions Bim)

DIFFICULT

Charlier: Etudes transcendantes (A. Leduc)

Clarke: Characteristic Studies (C. Fischer)

Welcome The Reeds and HBCU News to The Marching Podcast

REEDSWelcome Jeff and Sharon Reed to The Marching Podcast Network. They are hosting a brand new show called HBCU News with The Reeds! When I was trying to network with similar people in the field with common goals, I met Jeff and Sharon over the Internet and thought that they were doing great things with their online magazine.

I also love the fact they are a husband and wife duo which adds so much to the table. They are truly reflecting the image of two strong HBCU graduates in their respective fields, and also a family representation that I feel is important to show and to highlight in the community. They are the authors of a wonderful website called HBCU News which is a magazine format that has HBCU news updates. It is actually listed in our suggested sites. “HBCU news was started by HBCU graduates for HBCU graduates, HBCU students and HBCU fans. Some HBCUs are in financial trouble, and we believe in continuing to support them. Their mission is to provide HBCU news that matters to you.”

We are happy to announce that they are entering the world of podcasting and will be using our platform to speak to the world. This month we will Chop It Up with the Reeds on the 17th, so you can get to know more about them. HBCU News with The Reeds will broadcast on Tuesdays at 9 PM eastern here on The Marching Podcast Network!

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