The Instrumentalist

Articles April May 2021

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Obituary:
Sammy Nestico (1924-2021)
“Has anyone EVER seen Sammy without a smile?” A look back at the life of the great jazz composer and arranger with comments from those who knew him.
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Instrumentalist Classic:
Straight Ahead with Sammy Nestico
This interview was originally published in February 1989. “My cousin Sal was playing tenor saxophone with Basie and said I ought to write something for the band, so I wrote Queen Bee and sent it in. At 2 a.m. one morning I got a call from a band member telling me that Basie liked what I had written and wanted me to do some more charts for him.”
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Personal Perspective:
Music: The Magical Tie

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Programming:
Becoming a Master DJ for Young Orchestras
To help with the never-ending search for interesting and educational music for middle school orchestras, Kalasz-Chandler provides tips and multiple sample concert programs.
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Marching:
Marching Percussion Arranging Tips
Practical advice for band directors to help them guide their percussion section in the marching band.
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Color Guard:
Theater on the Field An Interview with Linda Davis
“It’s not difficult to connect the theater and color guard because they both find ways to draw an audience into a storyline. The only difference is the size of the stage.”
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