Category Archives: Profiles

A Tale of Two Counties: The Importance of A Strong Music Coalition

Welcome to the second in a four-part series by Dr. John Benham, a nationally renowned music educator who specializes in helping save music programs that have been targeted for devastating budget cuts. This week, he touches on the importance of building a strong music coalition.

A Tale of Two Counties: Introduction

Welcome to the first in a four-part series by Dr. John Benham, a nationally renowned music educator who specializes in helping save music programs that have been targeted for devastating budget cuts. In his first piece for AMP, Dr. Benham introduces us to two counties in which cuts to music education are proposed.

If You’re Not Doing This With Your Music Student Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

Sometimes, jumping on the trampoline isn’t about jumping. AMPassador Rich Frazier explores how a backyard fun and being an active member of his music booster group have improved his relationship with his music student, and how you can use his realization to make both your family and your booster organization stronger.

The Keeper of the Tradition for 27 Years: Dick Zentner of Norwin High School

As the marching band season draws to a close, it’s often heralded by band parents with a measure of relief, or perhaps in tears, but always with pride. One season is tough enough. Four years, and you’re considered an old pro. Imagine staying on for 27 years. That’s what Dick Zentner of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, … Continue reading The Keeper of the Tradition for 27 Years: Dick Zentner of Norwin High School

Musicians’ Worst Nightmares

Inspired by Halloween this week and this piece brought to our attention by AMPassador Maria Dripps-Paulson, we bring you a sampling of musicians’ worst nightmares. Imagine a high school marching band’s worst nightmare. A guitarist’s? A drummer’s? How about brass or woodwind players? (Hint: MAGGOTS!)

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