The Instrumentalist

Articles May 2010

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Interview:
Artist and Architect, An Interview with DCI Legend Gary Czapinski
Gary Czapinski shares some of the secrets to designing a winning show. “I believe it is possible to win a lot of championships with 40 pages of drill and a good story line. Engaging the audience in a meaningful way is always going to have more appeal and more competitive success than just putting a bunch of stuff on the field.”
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Preventing Injuries:
Medical Problems Affecting Performance
“During three decades as an orthopedic specialist and hand surgeon, I’ve seen many young musicians with hand and upper extremity problems that interfered with practice and performance. School musicians ages 8-18 experience both acute injury and problems from overuse.”
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Conducting Clinic:
A Practical Path to Better Tuning
“Over a 25-year period of working with bands at the University of Kansas and many honor bands, I eventually concluded that F, Bb, and A are all good tuning notes and should be included during tuning so that different instruments in the ensemble have the best chance to tune well.”
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Brass Clinic:
Brass Questions Answered
The long-time principal trombone of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra frequently answers questions from brass players on his website. Here are some of the best.
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Middle School Tips:
The Daily Six-Second Tryout
“The all-time, unsurpassed king of incentives for teaching beginners is a daily audition called the six second tryout.”
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Teaching:
The Unusual Tale of Loading Dock Rehearsals
When school renovation forced one band program to move to a former Walmart for over a year, the new setting required planning, organization, and a healthy sense of humor.
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Life of Reely:
Recommendation
Trey reveals the hidden messages in letters of recommendation he is asked to write on behalf of his students.
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Notes from Northfield:
A Band Wife’s Point of View

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