Back in June, I came across this wonderful site while giving a clinic at the Capital University Band Director’s Workshop in Ohio: BePartOfTheBand.com. It is a dream site for any instrumental music teacher wishing to bolster their enrollment of their band-related ensembles. The website isn’t the traditional music advocacy site, rather it is an advocacy site that provides recruitment tools and resources for YOUR instrumental ensemble program! The site includes well-done videos, made by students, that encourage students to GET INVOLVED and “Be A Part Of The Band”. How cool is that? There are also videos for the administrators, parents, and teachers (watch this one first!).
In addition to the videos are a host of pre-made and “white label” documents (in Word format) that you can use instantly with your program saving you time and money:
- Letter to Parents
- Student Information Sheets
- Famous People in Band
- and many more…
Also, an entire set of the website videos may be purchased as DVDs and kept “on hand” for $10.00. Finally, all of these videos are social media ready -feel free to share them!
I know that you will find this site useful and am exited about its potential for raising excitement and awareness with our school ensemble programs. The direct URL is: http://BePartOfTheBand.com
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.