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Band Director's Guide


For the band director who never stops learning


Band Director's Guide Series

The first two volumes of the Band Director's Guide Series are now available from Hitz Publications! Each volume is filled with interviews with some of the best players and teachers in the world including Joe Alessi, Ralph Sauer, Lance LaDuke, Sam Pilafian, Pat Sheridan and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.

"Andrew Hitz’s Band Director’s Guide to Everything Tuba is a must read for band directors of all experience levels working with every age of student.  Even the most experienced educators will find the text pedagogically groundbreaking…challenging some of our most basic assumptions and forcing us to approach our teaching in ways different than the way we were taught. This valuable resource demystifies the tuba in a way that no instrumental methods course could hope to approach and I look forward to reading future volumes in this outstanding series."

—Chip de Stefano, Director of Bands at McCracken Middle School and Member of the NBA Board of Directors

Both volumes are available as ebooks or audiobooks. The audiobooks are narrated by me and include a lot of bonus material.

This series will eventually feature a volume for every instrument in the band. The trumpet book will be available this summer and feature interviews with Ryan Anthony, Robert Sullivan, Jens Lindemann and many more!

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coming soon: the band director's guide podcast!

The Band Director's Guide Podcast is the next podcast from the Pedal Note Media Podcast Network and will debut in mid-2017. It will feature in depth conversations with band directors and between band directors about all aspects of the job: from warm-ups and rehearsal techniques to score study and recruiting.

The first season will feature interviews with Chip de Stefano, Brian Balmages, Tiffany Hitz and many more. Stay tuned so you don't miss the first episode!


band director resources

Over time I will be putting together a page of resources for every instrument in the band including:

  • Interviews with professional teachers and players
  • Master class quotes from the best teachers in the world
  • Instrument-specific resources from around the web
  • A varied playlist of YouTube clips to excite your students

Instrument Pages:

Trumpet Resources

Trombone Resources