2020 WBDI Virtual Summer Conference Schedule

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, June 25, 2020

11:00am-Building your Brand

Elisa Janson

In this session you'll learn what you need to build your brand as a conductor, educator, and influencer both online and off-line. We'll cover how to craft a brand image, build a web page, create a social media following, and develop relationships to help you reach your goals.

12:00pm-Eyes Up! Ears Open! Retaining Members with Inspired Rehearsal Planning

Wendy Bauer Reeves

Our students live in a world of bright lights, sound bites, and short attention spans. As we teach music to the youth of today, we have to opportunity to bring our students eyes up to the board and out of the stands. We can open their ears to the sounds of great bands and orchestras, help them to listen smarter and hear better! In this clinic, participants will use the link or QR code to download digital masters so that we can work together to set up rehearsal plan templates to use in our classrooms immediately. As we strive to engage and inspire our ensembles, we can be more efficient with our rehearsal planning so that we have more time to enjoy the music that brought us into teaching and more engaging so that we can keep more a students in our ensembles!


1:30pm-WBDI Panel Discussion - A Conversation Long Overdue: Perspectives of Women Band Directors

Krystal Williams, Shameka Nash, Anoa Green, Jammie Phillips, and Roxanne Stevenson


3:00pm-The Inclusion of Student-Selected Repertoire in Secondary Instrumental Programs

Laura Johnson

This session will discuss the process of inclusion of student selected repertoire in secondary ensemble programs. The process of selecting repertoire typically includes variety of factors and limitations that dictate the pieces a band director can select for their ensembles. Factors that are often overlooked include the appeal of repertoire to students, as well as their musical preferences. The inclusion of student selected repertoire in secondary instrumental programs can empower students, develop students musical identities, create an understanding of what constitutes as quality repertoire, demystify the repertoire selection process, and place the responsibility of learning on the students. Attendees will learn about the psychology behind the inclusion of student choices within ensemble programming, as well as successful processes to including student selected repertoire within their ensemble programs.

4:00pm-A Year-Long Apparel Guide for the Woman Conductor

Lucy Pascasio and Darla McBryde

In this session, attendees will be taken on a journey through their apparel needs in any given school-year. Pascasio and McBryde will provide stylish, affordable, and practical advice to aid women band directors in their upcoming closet-staring, "What do I wear?" moments. Through ample pictures that honor all body-types, honest sharing, and humor, attendees will walk away with easy to implement solutions to apply and share with other women in the band profession.

7:00pm-Membership Meeting

8:00pm-Virtual Happy Hour, Breakout rooms by state/region

Friday, June 26, 2020


Tiffany Cox & Alondra Bahls-Mariles

This session will review existing research on why women band directors leave the profession citing the lack of same-sex mentors as one of the primary reasons for burnout. This session will then teach participants how to seek out mentor/mentee relationships, build trust, and establish professional guidelines that are conducive to long and healthy mentorships. The session will conclude with an overview of how social media can facilitate the formation and development of mentorship networks which can promote collaboration and retention of female band directors in our schools.

12:00pm-In the Key of Crazy: Helping Our Students Understand and Successfully Execute the "Key" to the Right Notes

Carol Turner

Trevor Trombone keeps playing Ab in 2nd position. Florence Flute questions why she should play C instead of C#. Your normally Cool Clarinet sections doesn't understand the rule of Accidentals? Who among us hasn't wanted to run screaming into the night because our band members do not apply the key signature to their music? This session will help us to help them, the what's/why's of key signatures and how to teach Key signatures using a curriculum designed for success.


1:30pm-WBDI Panel Discussion - A Conversation Long Overdue: Perspectives of Black Band Directors and Composers

Roxanne Stevenson, Anoa Green, Jammie Phillips, Krystal Williams, Shemeka Nash, Damien Crutcher, Valerie Coleman, William Lake Jr, Kevin Day, William Talley


3:00pm-Taming the Beast - Tips for Grade 6-12 Saxophone Section Success

Amy Robinson

The saxophone is one of the easiest instruments to learn, but one of the hardest to master. If band directors are not careful, the saxophone can quickly become unruly, which hurts the overall quality of their program. It also leads to the instruments negative reputation of being loud, untamed, and unmanageable. With a little support and nuance, the saxophone can be one of the most versatile instruments in the band program. The goal of this clinic is to give band directors practical solutions for how to increase the success of the saxophone section, which will ultimately improve the quality of the band program. Robinson will give practical tone, technique, and vibrato tips that will be easy to incorporate into the daily routine of the band program at your school.

4:00pm-Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Am I Providing Opportunities Reflecting All?

Lori Schwartz Reichl

We examine many factors when choosing musical selections for our students to perform, such as instrumentation, grade level, length, genre, and/or content. We consider our musicians' ranges, ensembles' strengths and limitations, as well as likability  both by our students and ourselves, as teacher, conductor, and adjudicator. Hopefully, we also give careful consideration to cultural diversity and the varying composers we place in front of our students. However, once the music is selected, do we focus on how we will introduce the new selection to our students to enhance their comprehension, interest, and abilities? Or, do we simply distribute the music and proceed directly to sight-reading with little, if any, background information or explanation? This session will allow attendees to learn instructional methods to beneficially and creatively introduce a new piece to musicians of all ages to promote enriched understanding, enthusiasm, and musicality with differentiated instruction for varying learning styles.

6:30pm-Roundtable Discussion on Managing Online Courses

Theresa Hoover Ducassoux, Shemeka Nash, Anoa Green, Julia Baumanis, Emily Talley, MJ Robinson, Mary Cogswell, Lauren Reynolds, Adam Klein

8:00pm-Virtual Happy Hour, Breakout room of your choice