The Instrumentalist

Articles August 2009

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Interview:
Marking Time with Mike Alverson
“If there is any advice I could give to a band director moving into a new position, it would be to sustain your energy. You have to have the smiles and a personality that says, ‘We can do this together.’ It is a collective effort.”
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Marching Clinic:
Getting the Most from Marching Rehearsals
“Unanticipated problems arise at every rehearsal. It is easy to become sidetracked by the unexpected, and I find it better to remain focused on the scheduled goals for that day.”
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Idea Exchange:
Adanced Placement, Moving Players to Build Excitement
For centuries composers have added a dose of excitement to concerts by placing performers in unusual configurations around the auditorium.
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Instrumentalist Classic:
Irish Tune from County Derry
In this classic reprint from our archives, Frederick Fennell unlocks the magic of this classic Grainger composition. “His consummate knowledge of instrumental voicings as they appear in Irish Tune reveals an acute, almost innate awareness of how to bring out the best in all the instruments.”
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Brass Clinic:
Basic Trumpet Truths

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Woodwind Clinic:
Woodwind Articulation
A slight adjustment in the point of contact with the reed can produce significant improvements. “I show students a reed with an indelible red dot at just the right spot so they can see where contact should occur.”
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Masterclass Series:
Playing Rags, A Masterclass with Carolina Brass
The members of this busy ensemble give tips on playing one of their signature pieces.
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Life of Reely:
Instant Classics
Trey starts a publishing company and releases music sure to thrill audiences.
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Personal Perspective:
Great Expectations
“We need to be just as thought-provoking, innovative, and passionate as the music we teach. We can never settle for good enough.”
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Notes from Northfield:
A Musical Feast

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