Choppin It Up with Willie Snipes Jr.


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Introducing Willie Snipes Jr. Willie is the Assistant Band Director at Miles College and is a fan of the network. We are honored to talk with Professor Snipes, as he tells us the story of how Miles became one of the hotest programs in the country today.Tonight we meet Professor Snipes and find out where he is from, where he went to school and how he became the assistant band director at Miles College. Profalso has a message to the band world about the game last year with Taladega College.

Listen to the episode here: http://bit.ly/1CR5eoJ

Choppin It Up with Damien Emilien

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Introducing Damien Emilien. Damien is a student at Iowa State University but previously marched in one of our major HBCU programs. Damien is a very talented musician that enjoys to perform for people and shares a common bond with our host. Tonight we met Damien to see where he is from, his experiences marching and what he is currently doing in Ames.

Listen to the episode here: http://bit.ly/1J61pN6

Choppin It Up with Gregory Drane

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Introducing Gregory Drane. Gregory is the new Director of Athletic Bands at Pennsylvania State University. Gregory also marched for one of our major HBCU marching bands and shares a similar bond with our host. Tonight, we find out where Gregory is from, where he marched in college and how he became the Head Band Director in the Big Ten Conference.

Listen to the show here: http://bit.ly/1JQenjo

Choppin It Up with Casey Nesbit

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Introducing Casey Nesbit. Casey is mechanical engineer for the Metropolitan Water Reclaimation District of Greater Chicago. Casey earned a dual degree from two HBCU’s similar to Jason Fullman a previous guest on the network. The dual engineering degree is a very exciting opportunity that allows students to attend two schools and has produced many productive citizens. Tonight we find out where Casey is from, where she decided to go to school, her experiences at two schools and about her marching experience.

 

Listen to the episode here: http://tobtr.com/7738995

Choppin It Up with Michael Cowans

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Introducing Michael Cowans. Michael is the Director of Bands at Fairley High School. Michael also serves as the head to the Fine Arts Department, an arranger and an adjudicator. Michael during his time in college was in a famous battle against our host and has an interesting story on the school he earned his degree. Tonight we find out where Michael is from and he tells us a great story of how he got into and finished college.

Listen to the episode here: http://bit.ly/1f9a6us

Choppin It Up with Derrick Hardaway

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Introducing Derrick Hardaway. Derrick is a teacher and band director at Wooddale Middle School in Memphis, TN. Derrick not only marched with our host in college, but had a very important responsibility at the same time. Tonight we meet Derrick to find out where he is from, his role in college and what he is doing now in the Memphis area.

Listen to the episode here: http://bit.ly/1S1F0nC

Choppin It Up with Manuel Powell

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Introducing Manuel Powell. Manuel is a senior and the drum major at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk, VA. Manuel was one of the students on our signing day show and announced to the world where he will be marching next year.  Tonight we meet Manuel and find out about where he is from, his music experiences so far, and what career what he aspires in the future.

Listen to the episode here: http://bit.ly/1EUSpYW

Third Time’s a Charm

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We are happy to announce our 3rd Birthday at the Marching Podcast Network! We are moving in the right direction, and we are happy to still be relevant with promise of a productive future. Our main goal is to create scholarships and to expose the youth in the Western Region to bands and HBCUs. Our proudest accomplishment at this point is awarding the scholarships to the four students from our National Signing Day Show for Marching Bands. We were excited to hear their decisions, and we hope too assist them throughout their degrees as well.

We are also grateful in expanding our programing to four different podcast programs on the network. We believe that our current lineup will make a difference by opening the dialog to different ages and professions. The 90 Degree Show was our first and Choppin’ It Up was created shortly afterwards. Last year, we started the Directors Series with Dr. Kevin Davenport, that will continue every year, and our National Signing Day Show for Marching Bands where we will give scholarships annually. We will keep the current format and will make sure that those students selected will receive a scholarship from The Marching Podcast and its sponsors. We will continue to contact band directors for students to be on the show, but students are welcome to apply as well.

In these three years, we have also appreciated all the people that have assisted with the network through graphics, technical equipment, marketing and advice about how to make the show better. We love our new logos provided by John Pickens and Simply Dope Creative, and we really appreciate Christy Walker, and Charles ‘Cheese’ Watters of giving us great voice over work to market and present our podcasts. We also want to thank Kathleen Heuer of The Marketing Music Education Podcast for interviewing us for her podcast. She also enlightened us about Calendly, which has made a huge difference in how we schedule interviews and promo drops.

Again to all of you, THANK YOU!!!

Last and especially not least, we also want to give a special thanks to all of our sponsors that allow us to broadcast during the peak hours and build our scholarship fund. Special shout-out to Rashad Watters and BlockBand Music and Publishing for his ideas, criticism, and for providing an invaluable resource for interviews and networking for our craft.

See you Sundays and sometimes on Tuesdays on Blog Talk Radio!

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