Exploring Front Ensemble Tech with Chad Kohler
J.W. Pepper’s creative team visited Fishers, Indiana to spend time with the band and get to know their staff. Director Chad Kohler gave us an in-depth look at all the elements that go into leading the band’s front ensemble, including the technical equipment they use, processes for amplifying each instrument, and rehearsal strategies.
An Interview with Richard Saucedo
Richard Saucedo is an internationally renowned composer, arranger, adjudicator, keynote speaker, guest conductor, and clinician. He has written numerous acclaimed pieces of music for marching band, concert band, choir, and orchestra, and he served as a music educator in Carmel, Indiana for decades.
New and Noteworthy Pop Repertoire for Choir, Concert Band, and Orchestra
Delight students and wow audiences with educationally valuable pop music that’s fun both to play and to hear! For choir, we’re featuring 10 new vocal jazz, stage & screen, and pop selections. For concert band and string orchestra, we’re featuring eight of our editorial teams’ favorite arrangements of film scores by Danny Elfman in honor of Elfman’s 70th birthday.
Our Favorite Contest and Festival Repertoire for Concert Band, Choir, and Orchestra
Contest and festival season is coming soon! Prepare for coming performances with seven well-written and educationally valuable titles for concert band, 10 for treble choir, and seven for orchestra. All the pieces on these lists are Editors’ Choice selections, and most are relatively new. We’ve included a wide range of styles and grade levels, so you’re sure to find a few that work for your ensembles.
Understanding Proposition 28 – Resources from CMEA
It’s an exciting time to be a music teacher in California! Proposition 28, a California ballot initiative that guarantees additional funding for arts and music instruction and programming in K–12 public schools statewide, passed in the November 2022 general election.
Our Guide to Choosing a Microphone
As a music teacher or ensemble director, microphones play an important role in your work. Whether you need to amplify musicians for a large performance, you’re recording an ensemble to enter a competition, or you’re outfitting a music lab, you’ll need to select microphones and audio equipment. Check out JW Pepper's Guide on Choosing a Microphone!