All posts by DJ Corchin

About DJ Corchin

DJ Corchin is author of the celebrated humorously inspiring Band Nerds book series including Band Nerds Poetry From The 13th Chair Trombone Player and The Marching Band Nerds Handbook. You can follow his blog The13thChair.com to catch his thoughts in real time. He was a featured performer in the first national Broadway tour of the Tony and Emmy award winning show, BLAST! where he was best known as the "unicycling trombonist." Now living and working in Chicago as a children's author, his other publications are available worldwide and include Sam & The Jungle Band, You Got A Boogie, The I Feel... Children's Book Series, and ThunderFeet. A former high school band director, he continues to be involved in music education through speaking events, competitions, and organizations such as AMP! For more of his work please visit www.djcorchin.com. Mr. Corchin is an independent contributor so his views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of amparents.org

Run Run Run

It happened.  Every single school board member is a music parent complete with razor sharp talon-like opinions clawing at everyone who threatens their babies.  Every administrator is a former band, orchestra, or choir director that sits in their rotating leather chairs with a look of sweet satisfaction on their face while gently placing their fingertips … Continue reading Run Run Run

Super Bowl Super Choice

This year’s Super Bowl was a great game huh? I mean the way that guy caught and threw the ball, hitting a home run over the net was pretty exciting. I’m pretty sure the shot clock was a factor in the fourth quarter. Ok, I kid, I kid. Come on, someone gave me the title of “humorist.” Do you know how much pressure that is?

Great music programs aren’t a gift, they’re a choice.

I enjoyed the Super Bowl just like any other sports fan. I really love sports. In fact, I was the starting catcher for my high school baseball team. No one ever believes me when I tell them that. Mr. Band Dork, dancer boy the athlete. I wasn’t the most beastly of catchers but I knew the game really well and played smart. In fact, I once got a guy called out at second. Not because I threw him out, but because I knew of an obscure rule that his bat couldn’t be 5 ounces lighter than it’s length. The kid hit a double, I brought it to the ump’s attention and the kid was called out. I was beaned the next time I went up to bat and their star pitcher got thrown out of the game. Brilliant right? But I digress, as I often do.

Grassroot or Grass STAIN: Is Passion Killing Your Booster Group?

DJ Corchin of The 13th Chair weighs in on the pitfalls of caring too much.

Oh, Passion. How I loathe you. You and I have been partners on so many occasions and I feel like you still don’t understand me. I’d like to say it’s me and not you, but no, it’s you. I appreciate all you’ve done for me in the past, really, but I’ve outgrown this relationship. I think it’s time we see others. I’m sure there’s someone out there for you. Just keep looking. Let’s still be friends, okay? (send)