The Band World

Action: The Key to Motivation

“Motivation—where can I buy some?” “They never seem to reach their full potential. Just one time I wish they would all give 100 percent.” “This year’s class has so much talent, but we’re having an attitude problem!” Sound familiar? Ever made any of the above statements to your...


10 Myths about SYF Arts Presentation for Bands

A reality check This month has been stressful for those involved in the Band SYF. As a band instructor, I have been thinking over about the value of SYF and the preparations for it – how does this whole journey help students to grow in band art and understand music more? I hope this article...


Getting Serious About Being Positive

The title of this article should provoke some questions in your mind. Isn’t positive generally related with “happy,” “upbeat,” “fun,” or “not negative?” Although this is the popular premise, it is an incorrect interpretation and one that can keep many from further exploring the...


Dealing with Feelings of Insecurities

When there is any conflict between or among people, it generally stems from a kind of behavior that “turns off” someone else. (Adults label it a personality conflict, which is simply a fancy title describing a situation in which two or more people don’t agree.) Often, the term insecure is...


Score Analysis of Sunny Island

Preface In Japan, we have a monthly magazine called “Band Journal” published by Ongaku No Tomo Sha Corp. Every year, it publishes an analysis of set pieces for the All Japan Band Competition (AJBC) a few months before the competition. Similarly in this article, I’d like to share my ideas...


The Price of Success

To date, I have not met anyone who did not want to be successful in whatever he or she chose. Not many say, “I think I’ll just be mediocre…it seems to satisfy my needs!” Yet there are people who seem to avoid success because of rather meaningless, shallow excuses. Why? Why would...


Achieving Excellence

When we all have the potential to succeed at almost anything we choose, why do so few people attain a high level accomplishment? What do the top achievers know that others do not? What habits do the successful individuals bring to their life patterns that ensure their attainment of personal...

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