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Avoiding Drama on Performance Day

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  • This session, intended for young band and orchestra directors, targets the non-musical and logistical preparations leading up to festival and contest performances. Using the format and computer graphics from the popular ESPN show, Pardon The Interruption, Musella and Wells use humor and straight-forward discussion to remind young teachers that a successful performance can be compromised if certain details are not properly covered in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the big event.
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  • Gabriel Musella is the Director of Bands at Spring HS near Houston, where he has taught since 2000. He has been a band director at both Middle Schools and High Schools for 23 years. He holds degrees in Music Composition and Band Conducting from Texas Tech University.

    Mike Wells has been teaching for 24 years, and is in his seventh year as Orchestra Director at Kempner High School in Fort Bend Independent School District near Houston. He is very active as a clinician and adjudicator, and has previously held positions as head and assistant band director at several schools. He obtained Music Education and Band Conducting degrees at Texas Tech University.