Even the greatest needed a mentor.
Louis Armstrong is known for his brilliant artistry. Long before he was wowing audiences, he was a child in New Orleans. He was black, growing up in the segregated south, living in one of the roughest neighborhoods of Nola. Thankfully
How one concert band embraced improvisation…
One of our favorite collaborations this past year was with the concert band at Ballard HS. They had never added played jazz songs or tried improvising before. In a few months of synchronous and asynchronous learning, this band was rockin'!
Why we need to embrace technology in the band room?
Why we need to embrace technology in the band room? In the US, 90% of high school students now have a personalized device. The issue is no longer access to devices, but rather embracing them in band rooms. A band class has
Why I built Playbook?
I built PLAYBOOK after a decade teaching in schools with my band. We worked with over 60,000 students in more than 350 schools. In each school I saw students and teachers set up to fail. They lacked resources. Class periods