Choppin It Up with Julian Johnson

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Introducing Julian Johnson. Julian is an Asset Management Accountant and Associate Pastor at Bethesda Temple Church in St. Louis, MO. Julian went to high school with our host and share lots of similarities in their educational development. Julian has always been a mature role model figure and that has helped the community in St. Louis during a time when mature leaders are needed. Tonight we meet Julian and find out where he is from, where he went to school and the service he is giving to our hometown community.

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

Choppin It Up with Kevin Thurman

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Introducing Kevin Thurman. Kevin is a staffing consultant for Oxford Global Resources, but also travels the country competing in amateur athletics. Kevin went to high school with our host and was partner with our host in an after school class. Kevin has taken what he learned in that class and applied it to his life. It has evolved into a great hobby, that Kevin hopes one day will make a difference. Tonight we meet Kevin to find out where he is from, where he went to school, what sport he competes in and how he got into competing on a national level so long after high school.

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

The 2015 Directors Series Podcast

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We are happy to introduce the 2015 edition of the Director Series Podcast brought to you by The Marching Podcast and BlogTalkRadio. Last year, we had great feedback for the premiere of the 2014 series. Now, we hope to expand on the knowledge we gained last year. Leading our discussion this year will be our expert from last year, Dr. Kevin O. Davenport Ed.S. & Ed.D.

Dr. Kevin O. Davenport Ed.S. & Ed.D has spent 22 years in music education. He has taught all levels of band from elementary school to college, including 10 years as Director of Bands at IC Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA – his Alma mater.  While there, he built the marching band program from thirty-two members to two hundred in a school that had only six hundred students.
He has also served as Associate Director of Bands at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN where he was professor of Music Education for undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Davenport also has a website that you can view here.
The series is based on the book Practical Techniques For Building The High School Marching Band. Make sure to email Block Band Music and Publishing to get an autographed copy from Dr. Davenport. blockbandmusic@gmail.com.
The 2015 edition Director Series podcast will premiere on August 22, 2015. Check out the series below and set your reminder for the 2015 shows.

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Choppin It Up with Anthony Buckson


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Introducing Anthony Buckson. Anthony is the Unit Director BCG at The Center of Hope Womens and Children’s Shelter at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Anthony marched with our host but not at Jackson State and always displayed leadership skills as a true musician. Anthony was a bright spot in an environment that did not have the resources, but inspired the members to perform above themselves. Tonight we meet Anthony to find out where he is from, where he marched in college and what he is doing today as a role model and prominent figure in service.

Listen to the episode here: http://bit.ly/1M5NO9a

Choppin It Up with Johnny Goodlow Jr.

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Introducing Johnny Goodlow Jr. Johnny is an educational administrator, researcher and music producer living in the midwest. Johnny grew up watching bands in one of the major football classics, and dreamed of marching in college, only later to become a major leader back home in his community. Tonight we meet Johnny to find out where he is from what attracted him to band and what he is doing in his community today

Listen to the show here: http://bit.ly/1LYOz5o

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

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