Pastime: a tribute to baseball for concert band

Baseball. America’s pastime. Anyone who knows me knows my love for the Chicago Cubs. Since elementary school, I have watched the boys in blue play in the Friendly Confines. The play of Ryne Sandberg first drew me in. His ability to run down any ball hit his way and throw out a runner was amazing. …

Monday Morning Music: Blow It Up, Start Again

When classical music gets mixed with the popular genre, you get some fun music. When mixed with dub-step, you get Blow It Up, Start Again. It is this week’s “Monday Morning Music.” Each composer has their own style of writing, even when they study with the same teachers. The composition studio of John Corigliano is …

Monday Morning Music: Octet by Igor Stravinsky

There are many wonderful pieces of music throughout the ages. For me, no single piece is better than Octet for Winds by Igor Stravinsky. Fact: Classical music is filled with amazing pieces. The symphonies of Mahler. The operas of Wagner. Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, Schoenberg. There are too many works of significant quality by outstanding composers …

Small change in setup can improve rehearsal

Rehearsal time is precious, especially when preparing for performance evaluations. One small change can turn a poor rehearsal into a successful one.

Monday Morning Music: J’ai ete au bal by Donald Grantham

I don’t know about you, but when I started playing music I did it because I thought it would be fun. Most of the time, it still is fun but the work can be enormous. We strive hour after hour in the practice room or studying a score, listen to recordings, and find out everything …