The Instrumentalist

Articles August 2008

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Interview, Marching Clinic:
In Step with Freddy Martin
This legendary educator and member of the DCI Hall of Fame discusses the rewards of improving several music programs and building a drum corps from scratch. “The band room should be the safest, happiest room in the school.”
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Teaching:
A New School, A New Beginning
When starting at a new school it can be tempting to make significant changes at once and to blame a predecessor for any problems. This approach can make you look petty and diminish your stature in the eyes of parents and colleagues.
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Marching Clinic:
Band Camp
“To cool people we use a concoction known as Florida water, made from spirit of ammonia or rubbing alcohol, water, and ice. Soak a towel in it, wring out the towel, and put it on a student’s neck or head; the towel stays cold longer.”
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Teaching:
Starting from Scratch, Lessons from My High School Band Director
When Peter Holsberg was hired to start a program in Newark, he turned for help to the mentor who had first handed him a baton 15 years earlier.
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Woodwind Clinic:
First Lessons on Clarinet
“Most students are taught to stick the reed in the mouth and suck on it until they have put the instrument together, but this can waterlog the cane. It is only necessary to moisten the back side of the reed by running the tongue over it.”
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Miscellaneous:
High-Definition Rehearsals
A high-definition television presents a deep, clear picture and stunning clarity. The best rehearsals have the same thrilling quality as tempo, balance, and color are expressed with great precision.
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Life of Reely:
The Band Channel
As the new television season approaches, some old favorite programs have been given a musical spin, such as a version of "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" in which adult contestants try to identify songs from beginning band books.
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