This week we brought on the director from Amador Valley High School, Jonathan Grantham to talk about the growth in his teaching from when he started at his school 14 years ago to bringing his band to the Midwest Clinic. This interview was done via Skype, and so had challenges with audio quality, but the quality of our guest should more than make up for it.
Mr. Grantham directs a band program of 300 students involved in five concert ensembles, two jazz bands, the marching band, chamber ensembles, winter percussion, and two winter guards.
In his fourteen years at Amador Valley the band program has grown to more than double in size and has earned consistent superior ratings and high honors at each event entered. Amador’s top wind ensemble performed at the CBDA state conference in 2007 and 2010 and performed at the 67th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2013.
Mr. Grantham recently started writing a blog titled The Accidental Expert to catalog his experiences as a teacher.
We caught up with Brad Townsend in the middle of the conference.
We found a slightly quieter location and sat down with Michael Sweeney to talk about literature selection.
Duane Hill is the director of the Texas Tech University “Goin’ Band from Raiderland” as well as director of the Concert Band. We met with him to discuss student leadership.
We met up with Dr. Seggelke in McCormick place, so there’s a bit of background noise in this episode. Dr. Seggelke is the director of bands at Illinois State University and currently serves as the artistic director and conductor of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble. His bio can be found here: http://www.seggelke.info/wordpress/?page_id=2
We arranged an interview with Dr. Chapman while we were in Chicago. Dr. Chapman is the director of bands at Oregon State, where Olin got to study under him for two years. His bio can be found on their website:
In which we discuss our experiences at Midwest. All of the materials and handouts from the midwest clinic that we reference will be available on the Midwest Clinic’s website: Midwestclinic.org