Director of Bands Part of Marching Roundtable Podcast

Dr. Joe Allison, the director of bands at Eastern Kentucky University, is one of four individuals hosting a new podcast devoted to the marching arts.

Both a podcast and website, The Marching Roundtable was created as a place for discussion on important topics concerning marching band, drum corps, winter guard, and indoor percussion.

In addition to Allison, others bringing their unique points of view to the table are: John Bogenschutz, composer/cartoonist for Tone Deaf Comics; Tim Hinton, composer/show designer; and Mary White, color guard instructor and designer.

“The four are aiming for a dialogue between passionate people with experience, education, and a love for these activities, addressing issues from the challenging to the mundane,” Allison said. “The goal of the podcast is to help everyone achieve greater excellence and to have a more meaningful experience in their marching musical endeavors. Topics discussed can be anything in the world of marching, and every discussion is completely fresh and different from the last.”

The podcasts feature a variety of guests who are experts in their field -- designers, directors, composers, and instructors giving the listener a rare glimpse into their processes, opinions, and individual genius. Initial guests on the podcast will include Drum Corps International legend Jay Kennedy, band director and adjudicator David Starnes, color guard and movement specialist Michael James, renowned composer David Holsinger, and Michael Cesario.

The podcasts can be found at the Marching Roundtable website at www.marchingroundtable.com, and on iTunes. The website also features resources to help the band director, staff member, creative designer, band parent, support staff, or member of any organization. New podcasts will be released every two weeks, and feedback and contributions from listeners are encouraged.

“This exciting new resource should quickly become a destination for discussion, exploration, and innovation in our activities,” Allison said.

Published on April 06, 2011