The USAAAMB is proud to announce our new director for the upcoming season Dr. Ken Bodiford! He is from Jacksonville State University, bringing a lot of new and exciting experience to the table. Dr. Bodiford is the perfect new addition to our family!
As many of you may be wondering, why the change?
Well, every two years the All American Marching Band gets a new set of instructional staff to join the team. Some have been involved before, but we always hire a new director for these two-year periods. Dr. Bodiford is now the new director for the 2016 and 2017 seasons!
I was able to talk with Dr. Bodiford about this new position and hear what he is looking forward to as being a part of the USAAAMB!
Q: So first off, Dr. Bodiford, what are you most looking forward to in teaching these new students?
A: “I look forward to teaching these students just how much can be accomplished in a short amount of time, with a great attitude and work ethic.”
We continued on to talk about his views on teaching, and what motivates him to do what he does day in and day out.
Q: What is your favorite part of teaching?
A: “My favorite part of teaching is seeing that look of pride on the student’s faces when they know that they have accomplished the goals that have been set before them. When you work hard and diligently on a project (a show) and the performance is spectacular and the audience goes crazy with applause…that rush of adrenaline is an amazing feeling for all that are involved.”
Q: Is there a difference between teaching on the field and in the classroom?
A: “I love teaching both in the marching and the concert area. To me, they are not that different. In both settings, you teach good musicianship, precision, discipline and strive for excellence.”
Q: What is your past experience with the USAAAMB?
A: “My first experience with the USAAAMB was in 2011. I was on the instructional team as the Tuba instructor. At that time, I fell in love with the program. The students that are chosen for this activity are the “best of the best.” It is a pleasure working with students of that caliber.”
We are thrilled to have someone like Dr. Bodiford on our team, and we hope this motivates all future All-Americans as well! With a director as knowledgeable and passionate as he is, the USAAAMB will be experiencing another successful two years under a great leader. To this young 9-year old program, Dr. Bodiford is the perfect fit to excel what we are to the next level. We welcome him with open arms and are excited to get started!