The Instrumentalist

Articles July 2010

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Interview:
Seeking Perfection, An Interview with Barbara Butler
The highly respected trumpet player and instructor reflects on her early years, lessons learned from students, and how becoming the parent of a musician has changed her perspective.
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Marching Clinic:
Band Camp Snapshots
To give directors more eyes on the field, one school created a new student leader position called drill instructor. These students are excellent marchers responsible for checking and cleaning the drill of any student who is in their assigned area on the field, regardless of instrument.
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Teaching:
Ear Training in Rehearsals
“Construct a bass line using only the roots of the chords, because they are the easiest for most students to hear. Once students know the bass line, they can perform two-part songs as an ensemble.”
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Teaching:
Small Schools, Small Ensembles
“Encourage children, both boys and girls, to play every instrument. Stu­dents in small schools are often involved in both sports and band. Boys and girls should play in every section to eliminate the possibility of your entire trombone section playing basketball instead of playing in the pep band.”
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Community Band Profile:
Invincible Fidelity, The Kiel Municipal Band
“Band members tend to stay for a long time. Although there are high school students in the group, many members have tenures of at least 30-40 years, and one member is in his 62nd year with the band."
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Between the Lines:
Four Points of Show Planning
“Just as visual routines must fit the music, they must also fit the football field and take into consideration weather conditions. In addition to all this, the story should be told in a way the audience will understand.”
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Life of Reely:
Country Roads
Trey covers a bus route for the first time. “Worried, I wondered what kind of route takes a bus through several towns.”
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Notes from Northfield:
Thanks for the Memories

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