Russ Weaver
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Brands of Beginning Instruments (The big discussion)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Weaver Oct 31.

More free jazz charts

Started Jul 5, 2012

Staying in School
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Donald L Hofmeister Mar 21, 2012.

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Nov 4
Scott Richard Davis replied to Russ Weaver's discussion Free Quality Concert Band Literature!
"I have used some of his arrangements.  I agree that they are good.  Thanks Russ."
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"Happy openings to everyone! Be sure to program quality literature for your scholars. Please send your top 10 lists. (forum) There it is!"
Sep 18
David replied to Russ Weaver's discussion Best Grade 3 Concert Band Pieces
"Creed - William Himes is a fabulous piece."
Jun 7
Tom Tucker replied to Russ Weaver's discussion Free Quality Concert Band Literature!
"Check out this website"
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Scott Richard Davis replied to Russ Weaver's discussion Free Quality Concert Band Literature!
"My beginners played "More Cowbell Please" last night and the parents thought it was great. Thanks for sharing it.  I like free music, do you have some more?  "
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At 9:05pm on June 16, 2015, David J. Apple said…

Thanks.  Ed is trying to get me down there in Feb. 2016.  Hope to see / meet you in person.

At 1:28pm on September 1, 2013, Metro A. Narcisi III said…

Hi Russ,

Wondering if you could perhaps help us here in West Warwick, RI. We have a bit of a dilemma in that the MS Principal essentially dropped a bomb Friday on our music staff (3 teachers) by stating he could not schedule all the band and chorus students because of staffing.  Of course adding staff member is impossible and not going to happen.  Our MS has about 400 chorus members (5-8) and over 400 band members (5-8) including beginning 5th grade band, and ONLY 3 music teachers.  The school has 850 students total.  In addition, What he did was randomly selected and placed kids into band and chorus, thereby "cutting" about 150 kids from the program. Some band kids are sitting in chorus class (or no music class) and vice versa.  Parents are outraged and a facebook thread has reached epic proportions., as well as the phone calls to school comm., admin., etc.  

Being forced to do something, the principal's solution was to combine band classes, and chorus classes by grade level, as we do not have caps on chorus or band (though generally anything over 40-50 has to be approved by teacher).  The principal said it was an easy solution LARGE 7th and 8th grade band classes.  I personally think it would be CRAZY to put beginning band members (gr.5) with 6th graders who have been playing for an entire year in a class of about 50+, and it seems to be pedagogically unsound. That being said, Do you know of any websites or articles that state the pedagogical issues of doing such a thing? Or could we be wrong and having 50-60,combined 5th and 6th grade band students a good thing?

Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated.


Metro Narcisi
West Warwick HS Band Director speaking on behalf of the JF Deering Middle School Band and Chorus Teachers

At 11:45am on October 15, 2012, Garth Oliver Bowen said…

Thanks Russ:

Yeah I'm a little off the beaten track when it comes to my gig here at old Hugh Boyd.  This year I'm teaching 3 Blocks of African drumming, so I have a lot of non-musicians in those classes.  Also for the very first time I'm teaching an On-Line music comp 11 class.  Besides that it's grade 8 band, 9-12 concert and 9-12 Jazz band.  We are a pretty small 8-12 school with 790 students.  We also run two blocks of guitar that I do not teach.  I'll be looking for material that may be of help in writing curriculum for the Music comp course, which is a real experiment.  Thanks for all you are doing to support us.  -garth

At 9:18am on August 11, 2012, Darla J. Boyd said…

Hi Russ.  Thank you for the warm welcome.  I'm really looking forward to the camaraderie and sharing that msbanddirector will bring.

Maybe I will have to opportunity to come watch you play one Saturday that you're in St. Augustine.  

Thanks again for the welcome. 

At 9:21am on June 12, 2012, Arthur J. Michaels said…

Hi Russ. That's an appropriate comment, and just right for the camp--kids go to camp for enrichment and progress, and that fits the piece's theme. These opportunities are such good experiences! I have a sightreading of the piece by the University of Mount Union Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mr. Jonathan Willis, and the Finale file mp3 playback file. I'll email you both separately. Thanks, Russ.

At 10:49am on December 19, 2011, Bonnie Anderson said…
Hey Russ. Is Solo and Ensemble taking place again this year? Any one in need of an accompanist?
At 9:08am on November 15, 2011, Brian Harris said…

On the MS BAND DIRECTOR home page, the column of links on the right side of the screen, 3rd item down shows YOUNG BAND SCORE ANALYSIS with a link to REPERTOIRE PROJECT. This link does not work. I am the creator of that website. It used to be hosted at Univ of Texas - San Antonio but as I no longer work there, they have taken down the site. The new, working link is found at I would appreciate the link being updated as I feel there is much information available/usable on the site. Thanks! Brian Harris

At 10:53pm on November 4, 2011, Arthur J. Michaels said…
Oh, man. Now I have to generate parts. :-). I can do that, but not until December. Will it be OK to email you PDF parts in December? Thanks, Russ.
At 3:20pm on October 3, 2011, Chris Brubeck said…
Hi Russ - Unfortunately, I'll miss your performance of "Ghost Walk' in Kissimee - I'm leaving for Guatemala tomorrow. Good luck - please let me know how it goes. If you record it; I'd love to get a copy. Cheers! Chris
At 8:35am on September 26, 2011, Arthur J. Michaels said…
Thank you, Russ. You're welcome to play it if you like.

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Many questions have come in regarding how to effectively use Let's take it from general to specific:


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National/State Coordination of Guest artists for Middle School Band Programs!

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 2:30pm 5 Comments


This blog will probably end up as a forum, however let's start by discussing the basic notion of bringing in a guest artist to perform (not conduct or clinic, that's different and it's already in the forums) with your middle school band. In the past, guest artists with middle school bands could be cost prohibitive because of transportation, now through this forum we should be able to coordinate a bit.

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Using as your browser's default homepage at school.

Posted on October 18, 2008 at 8:35am 2 Comments


Thank-you so much for you individual feedback regarding the differences between what you see at home on and what you see at school on The reasons are varied and many, and it has to do with everything from your machine, your software version, your operating system and especially your servers and the guys prohibiting things from getting to teachers on the front lines.

Many members have overcome the "IT" difficulties by simply requesting… Continue

All the Good Stuff is in the Forums!

Posted on October 12, 2008 at 12:00am 1 Comment


Please take a minute to browse through the forum section of All of the really good worksheets, discussions, music lists and information that you need to teach is in the forums. You can also upload worksheets and anything that you use in your teaching. When enough directors view the uploads, they will be moved to the "Main Page" for quicker access by all directors. Let's hash it out in the forum section!

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New Study Shows Professional Musicians Have Higher IQs Than Non-Musicians

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Here is an article that shares some of the latest brain research with regard to music education.
A very neat article.

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