After 33+ years of teaching band in SC, a great opportunity came open for me to retire. With more than enough time on my hands, I have taken a part-time position outside of the Music Education field that gets me up and going in the morning and fills most of my fiscal needs. However, I still have plenty of hours each day to pursue even more great opportunities: making my past career into my future hobby!
As many of you know, I have written the music and drill for my marching band shows for most of my career. However, while devoting all the rest of my available hours to my own band programs, I have not had many chances to write for other bands. Frankly I am a better arranger than drill writer, though my drill is not too shabby. I have a real knack for writing to the strengths of the band, like featuring particular sections, soloists, or ensembles, and even limited or unusual instrumentation. Since writing for others is fairly new for me, I’m sure my prices will be very reasonable. My morning part-time job schedule should be flexible enough that I would even be able to come to some of your rehearsals to help out or do some camps or clinics. Does this sound like a great opportunity for you and your band? Give me a call.
How can we put all those years of creating and critiquing to waist? With my gift of gab you know I would be a great judge at a marching contest. I have had some opportunities to judge over the years. I truly loved it, and those who received my tapes have told me they appreciated my comments and suggestions. If not a judge, then hire me as an announcer for your contest. I certainly have the voice for it. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone accustomed to reading the unusual spellings of student names, who knows how to pronounce Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, and understands the proper order in which the awards should be announced?
And why stop there? I can be just as helpful during Concert Band season! Use my Concert Band writing experience to use with arrangements or original compositions, again, tailored to your band’s strengths and downplaying their weaknesses. Perhaps I could come out and listen to your Concert Festival preparations, or be a Clinician at a count, region, or state band clinic. I invite you to look through the rest of the web page for even more opportunities.
The name says it all: Gunning4Band. Of course Gunning is my last name, but it also indicates action, in this case, for bands and band programs. My full name is Robert Gunning the 4th, so even the 4 in the name had a double meaning. And we all know the positive importance that a band program has on our students, the school, and the community.
My great opportunities can be your great opportunities. I look forward to hearing from you.