Questions And Concerns

Our admissions office already has tools to handle admissions and enrollment

Every university we work with either uses Slate, Ellucian, Salesforce, or an equivalent. Bandwindow is a categorically different product than an admissions database; Bandwindow gives music schools a significant competitive differentiator.

As one of many examples, if your brass professor wishes to share an invitation to a local DCI event with all the marching band recruits who expressed interest, he or she would not be able to use an admissions database to get the word out and get the students excited with visually-engaging content. A somewhat straightforward use case, and you've already hit a brick wall if you're solely leaning on an admissions database.

Old-school batch & blast CRM tools were not designed to attract and inspire a 17-year-old to participate in your ensembles or study music at your school. Bandwindow can, however, direct more students to your university's admissions website (who would not have been reached otherwise), which Admissions always appreciates.

Our product has been built to ensure zero redundancy in feature set and no data that slips through the cracks. Contact us for more info.

Does this tool comply with my university's technical regulations?

Yes. Bandwindow has been built, tested, and implemented at over 100 universities (and counting), most of which have strict rules around what technology can be used. We have had zero IT departments reject this tool. Bandwindow adheres to strict industry-standard information security guidelines. A complete summary of our technical specs (most of which is very boring information if you are not in IT) is available upon request.

How do I learn more about Bandwindow?

You can view an on-demand mini demo of our product by clicking the button below. You will be taken to a questionnaire where you will answer a few simple questions. After submitting, a mini-demo will be auto-generated for you which you can view and interact with at your leisure.

If it still seems interesting from there, you will be offered the opportunity to speak with a strategist from our team who will put together a solution that is tailored to your unique program. The way you do things might be different than the universities featured on our website, so having a conversation at some point would be prudent.

If I'm being honest, I can barely turn on a computer without a grad student helping me... Can I still use Bandwindow?

Yes. We have many band directors, faculty, and administrators who have little technical skills who are realizing value from Bandwindow everyday.  We get it - you do not have time to learn a new software. We know that for the most part, you are not a technologist or marketer. You are a musician or music educator. Bandwindow does the heavy lifting. The product has been built specifically for faculty and directors who are not accustomed to fancy technology.

Who are you guys anyway?

We are a team of band enthusiasts, marketing experts, and engineers. We have all been performing arts students before launching Bandwindow. Our team has an oddly specific combination of expertise in the college band industry, engaging Gen-Zers, and marketing.

I would rather wait to implement a solution like this.

If you wait, you will be leaving a lot of opportunity on the table. Every time a prospective student visits your website, attends a performance, walks past your music building, and every time a faculty member does a workshop at a high school, prospective students are slipping through the cracks. These are high quality students, alumni, and community members you want to begin a relationship with! You often only have one chance to be capturing these people and getting them into your network. You shouldn't wait to do this.  

Meet The Team

Alex Weiss

Music Department Engagement And Marketing Strategist

Marketing degree from the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Saxophone player, current member of the Lubbock Community Band

Involved in the band world for 15 years as both a musician and consultant
--4 years at the high school level
--4 years at the college level
--5 years building Musicwindow working along college music directors (wouldn't trade my job for the world!)

Gavin Todd

Technical Specialist & Product Visionary

Theatre Degree from Toi Whakkari New Zealand Drama School

In 1998, founded the world's first digital postcard company.

Actively mentors and coaches local business owners and entrepreneurs on their customer experience strategy

Ashley Sarda

Music Department Success Specialist

Communications and marketing degree from Florida International University

Examples of how I have helped university music organizations:

-Completely overhauled a pen & paper-based audition evaluation process to digital scoresheets
-Created and maintained an online marketing strategy for a music department's monthly performances
-Co-authored a robust collection of recruitment and marketing best practices for the college music department industry

Alex Weiss's Story...

Welcome To The Adventure Of A Lifetime

In 2012, I found myself jumping up and down when I received the news that I has been accepted into the Michigan Marching Band. I was stoked to begin the adventure of a lifetime.

I received a very nice message on Facebook from one of my future sections leaders, Chad Kitzinger. He welcome me into the band. We started talking about things we had in common. He was a current business major and I was aspiring to get into the business school (in fact, I was actively looking for someone to mentor me through that process!) Chad was involved in a research community during his freshman year and I was about to embark on the same program.

I thought to myself, "what a wonderful first interaction this is turning out to be." Little did I know that I would someday build an entire company inspired by that one conversation.

Opportunity Knocked!

In 2015, my band directors Dr. Pasquale and Dr. Brown were looking for a more effective way for the Michigan Marching Band to communicate with current and prospective band members.

Luckily, in between college classes, I was working for a marketing technology company called Shopwindow, which had capabilities that addressed many of the band's needs. Dr. Pasquale and Dr. Brown were kind enough to meet with me to hear out how Shopwindow could help the band communicate better.

Leap Of Faith

The Michigan Marching Band decided to give it a go as the first beta tester. I was very grateful for the confidence and trust that Dr. Pasquale and Dr. Brown put in me and my company.

The band's original objective in using the product was to send mass text messages to disseminate information to current students.

Very quickly into the process, they began to explore a variety of additional uses such as recruitment and communicating with their donor list.

"This is going to revolutionize the way college bands operate"

After 9 months of using the product, the Michigan Marching Band experienced stellar results. Dr. Pasquale encouraged the expansion of the product into other Big 10 band programs and offered to help Shopwindow get a booth set up at a College Band Directors National Conference event.

The company expanded into other band programs such as the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Marching Illini of Illinois, and the Mighty Sound of Maryland. In collaboration with my boss, we decided to bet the entire company on the collegiate band industry. We became solely focused on helping band programs solve recruitment and marketing challenges that are unique to band programs.

Bandwindow was born. This wouldn't be our first renaming of the product...

In late 2017, after about 1.5 years of beta tests with our early adopter band programs, the Bandwindow operation was in full swing.

In this image, Bandwindow sponsoring the CBDNA Athletic Bands Symposium for the first time in 2018.

Can We Use This Throughout Our Entire Music School?!

After successfully implementing Bandwindow within 30 band programs, the most common piece of feedback we received that we had yet to address:

"Can we expand our usage of this product to our entire School of Music? I know that our orchestra and choir directors will love this and get a lot of use out of it!"

Goodbye Bandwindow. Hello Musicwindow!

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