The Instrumentalist

Articles December 2008

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Jazz Clinic:
Arranging for Jazz Combo
Too many student jazz combos take a formulaic approach to their performances. Adjustments to the instrumentation, style, or even meter can give a chart new life.
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Teaching:
With Joy and Enthusiasm
High standards and a strong commitment to students made the band room at Ithaca High School the place to be. “I demanded that students come to rehearsals prepared. To model what I wanted them to do, I studied scores in my office and made sure the desk I studied at was located where students could see me.”
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Miscellaneous:
The Road to the Midwest
Every group that makes it to the Midwest Clinic has a story: the band that records every rehearsal, the jazz ensemble that received an unexpected invitation in August, and the chamber ensembles that spend Saturday nights playing string quartets for their girlfriends.
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Woodwind Clinic:
A Flute Masterclass
“Every headjoint has what I call a sweet spot – the optimum place at which to direct the air to produce a ringing, bell-type tone. A soda straw helps students find the correct location.”
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String Clinic:
First Lessons on Bass
String basses are among the most neglected of instruments in a public school because they are awkward to transport and expensive to repair. Students typically do not own these instruments and treat them carelessly.
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Personal Perspective:
For the Love of Music
Community pride runs deep when musicians of varying ages come together to share their experiences and abilities. “Every Monday night it is my joy to play third clarinet in a community band. Although my playing is truly pathetic, I am welcome nevertheless.”
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Notes from Northfield:
Speaking Up For Small Bands

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Miscellaneous:
TubaChristmas Turns 35
There is just nothing like the sound of hundreds of tubas and euphoniums. Harvey Phillips would be proud and honored that this event continues year after year.
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Life of Reely:
Midwest Fears
Although he enjoys the Midwest Clinic every year, Trey has discovered that getting there can be an adventure.
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