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TONIGHT: Hopkins, Kitchenman clinic heads to Pennsauken HS

Jumpstart your fall 2011 marching band show planning

Free clinic with real tapes of real bands  

After a Fall of marching band, and in an effort to give directors and staff a bit of something to remember over the winter break, George Hopkins, CEO of Youth Education in the Arts and Director of the Cadets, along with Eric Kitchenman, the director of the Urban Arts Center at YEA! and a drill designer for many years, are going on tour; a mini-tour but a tour nonetheless. 

  • Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Hopkins and Kitchenman will visit Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Central New Jersey.
  • Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., Hopkins and Kitchenman will visit Pennsauken High School in the Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia region. 

The agenda:  

A review of band programming – what usually works and what usually does not. 

“There are a number of errors that folks make, sometimes on a continual basis. Much has to do with staging, there are more and more concerns about storyline and production values, and there are practical items related to coordination that seem to appear with a number of bands,” said Hopkins. “Rather than wait until April, or until it’s too late again, I thought I might spend a few days on the road to see if there is an impact that can be made. 

What if …
We could show folks what does not work.

What if ..
We had concrete examples, not to embarrass folks of course but to use real life situations. If we could make an impact, might folks do a better job?” 

Eric Kitchenman added in “Heaven knows I have made my own mistakes and as an adjudicator for WGI and the US Scholastic Band Association, I see my share of ideas that are not exactly flushed out so, when Hop bought up the idea of a ‘live’ demonstration, I thought it to be a good one. And being someone who just wants more than anything for kids to have the best of all possible experiences, I asked to join in.” 

The sessions will run about 2 to 2 ½ hours and will include demonstrations and discussion. Needless to say, there will be question and answer periods at the end of the evening. 

The cost is FREE to USSBA bands at this time, and for non USSBA bands, the fee for the evening is $150 per person.  Anyone is welcome to attend, although the target may be the band directors, assistants and even adjunct staff.  

The only hitch - in deference to this being a new event - and the efforts of the USSBA and those in attendance, these events will only occur if we have 20 participants registered before Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. 

If you plan to attend, can you please send the following to George Hopkins at hopkins@yea.org

Your Name  
Name of your school
And the number attending 

If you need any additional information, please contact Kitchenman at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 124. 

PS. If you think this would be helpful for your band program, we will be touring Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Maryland in January.

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