Conn-Selmer Marching Band Workshop

June 10th and 11th

** All times are listed in Eastern Time **

  Wednesday, June 10th

1:30-2:15 pm “Just One Thing”

Meet the panelists and hear one key takeaway they would deem critical for workshop participants.

2:30-3:15 pm “Music Design”

Presenters: Richard Saucedo, John Meehan and Randy Greenwell
Richard Saucedo, John Meehan and Randy Greenwell share thoughts on music design. Over the years they have written for world champion drum and bugle corps, national champion bands, state champion bands and many other marching ensembles. This session will provide attendees with specific information about orchestration, pacing, music effect and planning.

3:30-4:15 pm “The Fundamentals Plan: Keeping in Mind that We May be Doing Band Camp from Home”

Presenter: Jeff Young
Jeff Young is one of the foremost authorities in developing and teaching basic movement skills while keeping student safe from injury. He’s taught movement at every level, from national champion drum and bugle corps to small rural school settings. He’ll share insider tips and tricks to make the process effective and engaging.

3:30-4:15 pm “The Percussion Fundamentals Plan: Keeping in Mind that We May be Doing Band Camp from Home”

Presenter: Tony Lymon, Scott Johnson and Brian Dinkel
In this presentation we will get back to the basics. This clinic will outline the essence of practical exercises that prepare any marching percussion section with “ready-to-go” skills sets used in most musical books. We will display the common building blocks of technical development that can be applied to novice ensembles all the way up to world championship ensembles.

4:30-5:15 pm “The Production Document: The Swiss Army Knife of Design”

Presenters: Lindsey Vento, Randy Greenwell and Jeff Young
Storyboarding a program from start to finish is critical to the planning process. Participants will gain understanding on how a production document facilitates communication and success. Participants will review examples of production documents and will walk through how to use one in a lab setting.

5:30-6:15 pm “The Winds Fundamentals Plan: Keeping in Mind that We May be Doing Band Camp from Home”

Presenters: Richard Saucedo, Randy Greenwell, John Meehan, and Chip Crotts
Although the concept of show design and rehearsals may change, the importance of your wind section displaying solid fundamentals skills has not! This session will focus on the best ways to start (and continue) the fundamentals program, regardless of the current skill level of your students. Specific exercises for breathing, air flow, balloons, quality of sound and overtraining will be discussed, along with on-screen examples of “things to do” and “things not to do” when teaching fundamentals to your students. We’ll also discuss using “show based” exercises during fundamentals to help students prepare for upcoming technique, while also preparing themselves as individual players. Attendees will receive a complimentary PDF of exercises to use for fundamental training. Use the information in this session is geared to make your band’s next musical performance the best to date.

6:30-7:15 pm “Design on a Budget: Yes, It CAN Be Done!”

Presenters: Lindsey Vento and Tony Lymon
Most band programs do not have unlimited budgets. In light of the economic climate, financially responsible budgeting is more important than ever. How can you produce an outstanding product for your students and optimize funding resources?

7:30-8:30 pm Social Hour

  Thursday, June 11th

11:00-11:45 am “It’s Not a Scene, It’s an Arms Race: Effective Use of Multimedia in the Marching Arts”

Presenter: Tony Lymon
In a perpetually evolving environment of marching band production, design can be a daunting task for directors trying to keep pace with current trends. Ultimately, directors must decide what is right for their programs. This clinic will cover multimedia options (including sound design/reinforcement, props, digital printing/costuming, video, lighting, etc.) used in today's marching arts and how they work. Whether you are a show designer for your program or work with hired designers, this clinic seeks to move you closer to beneficial information and help you make informed decisions.

12:00-12:45 pm “Advanced Movement and Choreography”

Presenters: Jeff Young and Lindsey Vento
In this session, Jeff and Lindsey will continue to share knowledge of how to teach and clean more advanced marching, movement and choreography. They’ll share how they use student leaders to help promote ownership with tips on how to elevate choreography quickly and effectively.

12:00-12:45 pm “Using Progressive Ears Throughout the Entire Season as You Evaluate Your Marching Band Percussion Section”

Presenters: Tony Lymon, Scott Johnson, and Brian Dinkel
What do you need to focus on? What should you listen for? What is the priority and when? This clinic will attempt to answer all of these questions in a comprehensive and chronological manner. We will break down the fundamental paths to prioritizing what to listen for over the course of a season to get from GOOD to GREAT in the most efficient way.

1:00-1:45 pm “Managing Staff and Schedules”

Presenters: Randy Greenwell, John Meehan, and Rosie Queen
Managing staff and schedules is essential to creating a culture of excellence in the band program. In 2020 it will be even more critical, due to the compressed timeline.

1:00-1:45 pm “Percussion Design”

Presenter: Tony Lymon, Scott Johnson, and Brian Dinkel
Tony Lymon, Scott Johnson and Brian Dinkel share their perspectives on percussion design in the marching arts. Over the years they have written for world champion drum and bugle corps, national champion bands, state champion bands and many other marching ensembles. This session will provide attendees with specific information about orchestration, pacing, effect and planning. With the vast amount of design ingredients in a modern percussion musical book, it is often easy to fall in the trap of overwriting or ending up with a product that is too dense. In this clinic we will identify the musical elements and demonstrate how they can be scored effectively to create transparency where they all can be heard without competing with each other.

2:00-2:30 pm Break

2:30-3:15 pm “Band Director Guide to Color Guard: What Matters?”

Presenters: Rosie Queen and Lindsey Vento
Rosie has built award winning color guard programs in every pageantry arena including marching band, drum corps and indoor color guard. In this session she’ll share philosophy and relevant information about how to grow and sustain a successful color guard as part of a comprehensive band program. Lindsey has designed for many outstanding high school bands, indoor color guards and drum corps. These two women bring unique perspectives and diversity of thought to the session. Some of the topics will include: What is the guard’s identity in the show, in the band and in the school? How do I handle color guard budgeting, scheduling and staffing? How do I facilitate my color guard’s success and learn to “speak” color guard?

2:30-3:15 pm “Using Progressive Ears Throughout the Entire Season as You Evaluate Your Marching Band Wind Section”

Presenters: Richard Saucedo, John Meehan, and Chip Crotts
Listening to your wind section with a critical ear is one of the most important responsibilities of a band director during rehearsals. Why do some ensembles continue to sound better and better as the season progresses and others do not? It’s often due to the tolerance level of the person listening. As your group develops during the season, are your ears ready to adjust from the tolerance level you had at the beginning versus mid-season and at the end of the season? In this session, we’ll discuss what to listen for early as you begin to create your vision of what the sound might be, and what to listen for mid-season to late-season when you are trying to realize that vision. We’ll also discuss listening to recordings of your group versus hearing them live. What are best practices when it comes to actually developing your ears as a rehearsal technician? Join us as we help you prepare your ears and mind for the upcoming marching season!

3:30-4:15 pm “General Effect: What Is It and How Do I Get It?”

Presenters: Nola Jones, Richard Saucedo, John Meehan, Scott Johnson, and Randy Greenwell
How many times have you wondered about the Effect caption and what’s actually being evaluated? How do you create an effective program and facilitate performers’ ability to elevate the program? Draw from the vast experience of these expert judges to gain practical information about types of effect, concept, engagement, pacing, performer communication and creativity.

4:30-5:15 pm “Staging All the Things”

Presenters: Lindsey Vento, Randy Greenwell, Richard Saucedo, Rosie Queen, Tony Lymon, and Nola Jones
Lindsey will moderate the session with other panelists. Topics will include staging of winds, guard, percussion and props. This session will be interactive with staging sketching and discussion. Bring your questions!

5:30-6:15 pm “Developing Servant Leadership”

Presenters: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
When we think of the term “leadership,” we often think in terms of titles, authority status, section leader positions and group control. We generally see leadership as defining a position of control: being in charge of others.  Suppose we reframed the accepted interpretation to a different perspective; one that focuses on every individual as a leader-of-self.  The reality is true leadership begins with self-reflection; ultimately, it begins with each and every student.

6:30-7:15 pm “Let’s Talk”

Presenters: Dr. Tim, Mike Kamphuis, Nola Jones, Richard Saucedo, Scott Johnson, John Meehan, Brian Dinkel, Chip Crotts, Randy Greenwell, Lindsey Vento, Tony Lymon, Jeff Young, Rosie Queen, and Frank Troyka
Participants are encouraged to dialog with presenters. What do you want to know more about? What questions do you have about what you’ve heard during the workshop? This is your time to personalize the workshop to be sure you get the information you need. According to data from last year, “Let’s Talk” was one of attendees’ favorite sessions.