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Some of you may not know that, just over a year ago, I made a profession change. While I did not change my avocation, I did change my vocation. Arts and the LOVE of music are still where my heart is fullest. My transition to a vastly different field exemplifies and demonstrates the values of the skillsets that I developed through my profession as an educator and collegiate band director and the positive impact and ROI that they do (can) represent to outside-of-academia industries and corporations.
Years ago it became clear to me that ensemble directors, in particular -band directors and marching band directors, had similar attributes and skillsets as Corporate Leaders, Managers, Presidents, and Vice-Presidents. I began writing small blurbs about this in various articles and addressing those similarities from time to time in clinics that I would present throughout the U.S.
My most recent article about this may still be found here on MusTech.Net in September of 2016, titled: How being a Band Director is like Being a CEO. There is no question that those of us who had the “full experience” of running a successful band program have developed leadership attributes and skills that parallel those in corporate management.
The following slideshow outlines these attributes and is an outgrowth of my ongoing thoughts related to this phenomenon:
This is from one of my clinics that I performed at the 2019 Music For All Summer Symposium at Ball State University. It was well-received by the band directors in attendance and provided some much needed self-value and insight to many of those in attendance that struggle with the vastness of what we do as marching band directors. Please feel free to share this with your administrators and supervisors as a part of their “on-going education” process as to what we do as ensemble directors and why need their help and their support.
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many 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 at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He 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, 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.
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