Christmas Carols

So I had an assignment for my Instrumental Music Graduate course. I was to choose some music for my ensemble and explain it. I was glad to do so, and it reminded me of a great find. Christmas Carols for Band or Brass Choir – jwpepper.com This amazing and simple resource (arr. G. E. Holmes…

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Happy New Year!

2014 has been amazing. I moved back to Missouri, changed professions, lost a significant amount of weight, bought a 157-year old house and became a grandpa (for the first time). I had a resolution that I kept for many, MANY months – I was playing through the Systematic Approach to Daily Practice. I left that practice…

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Present Time

I bought, not long ago, the Buzzing Book, by James Thompson. During my initial reading, there was a small column on the concept of “Present Time”. This was a very good reminder for me. I am a self-diagnosed, A-D-D sufferer. It can be pretty bad sometimes, as a player I could have moments of triumph,…

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Logging practice time

I have spent this first semester of teaching college applied lessons (among other things) watching others practice habits. Generally, we don’t enforce good practice habits on ourselves and on others that we teach. So I have put into place a very simple Brass Practice Log to help me stay focused. I write down Date/Times/Health etc. I…

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Hydration

One thing that I am learning is the importance, and my inefficiency in keeping hydrated. As a staunch coffee drinker (and the occasional soda). I have little taste for pure, unadulterated rain. I don’t mind it, just not a go-to beverage. However, I am starting to be able to hear it in my trumpet playing,…

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Festival of Hymns

Yesterday (Sunday, October 12, 2014) I had the opportunity to play in the Festival of Hymns along with trumpeter and friend David Corkern (on right). Here we are playing on “How Great Thou Art”. The opportunity to play for the Kingdom has become my passion in life. I am so blessed to do it. Hannibal-LaGrange…

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Book: “How To Make Your Band Sound Great”

m4s0n501 Re-reading a book I bought four years ago, “How to Make Your Band Sound Great” by Bobby Owslinski. I forgot how remarkable and complete this book is. In the first section, Owslinski shares thoughts on each rock band instrument. Sonic considerations, mic placement, etc. The Second section is about putting the group together. Mixing…

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