More of the best advice you were ever given: Bill Findeison

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?

Bill Findeison

What is your official title?

  • Conductor and Musical Director, Second Winds (symhonic band), and
  • Executive Director of The Greater St. Petersburg Area Awesome, Original Second Time Arounders Marching Band.

What project will you be working on in three months from today?

  • We’ll be working on preparations to take our 200-piece marching band to Seattle in July for the Seafair.

3 steps to consider if you want to be wiser

22 Experts share what they have learned, so you can leap ahead.

Since the beginning of 2016 I have been inviting experts throughout the music industry to help you gain clarity and avoid the mistakes they have made, by sharing their thoughts and advice. We are clearly in the midst of a fascinating journey of discovery, with input from managers, composers, producers, consultants and educators as well as performers.

So far, responses from twenty-two generous folk have been received and I was interested in what they have to say, collectively, as individuals from different cultures and different perspectives of live “classical” music.

Shall we explore what kind of wisdom they have garnered over the years?

wise old man piano

3 steps to safely try something wonderful

Not everyone is passionate about their first activity

When people find out I am a musician they ask what I play. My response is to let them know that “I am a Conductor, but my main instrument is percussion.”

But that’s not the whole story.

Percussion is, in fact, the third instrument [family] I tried in life, and not the last, either. But it did become my most favorite, my most effective, and the most fun… for me. I would never have known had I not tried something different, and kept trying different things, too.

Below are three steps you can take to safely try something different. You never know when you might stumble across your true passion in life.

Orchestral Percussion Workshops

Rating Wildlife

Stephen P Brown's One Minute Rate 'n' Slate

Wow. The timing of this episode was ill-fated. Two days after being published a two year old boy was drowned by an alligator in Orlando. Our prayers are for the family’s tragic loss.

Last month a video went viral of a 15ft Alligator on a Florida golf course…

Watch the clip

SPB's Rate N Slate

Are shrewd assumptions the best way forward?

Twenty industry experts share their biggest mistakes, so you don't have to make them!

Since the beginning of 2016 I have been inviting experts throughout the music industry to help you gain clarity and avoid the mistakes they have made, by sharing their thoughts and advice. We are clearly in the midst of a fascinating journey of discovery, with input from managers, composers, producers, consultants and educators as well as performers.

So far, responses from twenty-two generous folk have been received and I was interested in what they have to say, collectively, as individuals from different cultures and different perspectives of live “classical” music.

Shall we shed some light on the mistakes some of them have made?

one way sign