The Instrumentalist

Articles July 2008

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Interview:
Meet Randy Box
"The intellectual side of music is not what helps you survive as a teacher. Many musicians have outstanding training but lack the ability to connect with students and show that they are giving their absolute best every day."
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Marching Clinic:
6 Things to Watch in Marching Rehearsals
Nothing is worse than sitting in the stands and listening to your band playing out of tune. A daily temperature log can record the tendencies of each instrument at different temperatures.
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Teaching, Life of Reely:
Begged, Borrowed, and Stolen
Over the years Trey has collected dozens of great teaching ideas from musicians ranging from Frederick Fennell to Franz Liszt.
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Brass Clinic:
First Lessons on Cornet
"Directors who do not play trumpet as their major instrument often have the misconception that the trumpet should be held parallel to the floor, but few experienced trumpet players will position the horn this way. The correct position is that which maintains an even pressure on the lips."
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Profile:
Celebrating 50 Years with the Northport Community Band
Begun 50 years ago as a continuation of the high school program, the Northport Community Band has a devoted following. Up to 5,000 people fill the park for concerts featuring a diverse mix of patriotic tunes, old favorites, and band standards.
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Notes from Northfield:
A Glimpse Inside Bandrooms
The life of a teacher is never dull, as evidenced by some of our conversations with directors ordering awards.
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