The Instrumentalist

Articles June 2009

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Interview:
Carolina Brass, An Interview with Tim Hudson
“With a chamber ensemble, at least 80% of what the group does relates to the chemistry between the players. You can have the finest players on earth, but if they can’t speak to each other, it doesn’t work.”
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Teaching:
Big Plans for Band Camp
“One of the most interesting ideas I’ve seen is a circle drill. All of the wind players stand facing each other in a circle, which can expand or contract by having students march forward or backward. The circle is also a good way to work on left and right slides.”
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Marching Clinic:
Steps to a Great Color Guard
A veteran color guard instructor gives the secrets of her success.
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Conducting Clinic:
Solos with Band Accompaniment
Many directors look for music to feature an outstanding senior player. Here are some gems that give players their moment in the spotlight.

Online Extra: A Longer List of Works for Soloist and High School Wind Band
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Woodwind Clinic:
Double Reed Care
The parade of horrors on overused reeds can include cracks, separated blades, unraveling string, chipped corners, lipstick stains, and even streaks of black mold.
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Idea Exchange:
Publicity for the Music Program
Local media are frequently looking for upbeat stories to report, and this includes activities, awards, or achievements related to school music programs.
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Life of Reely:
Musical Trivia
Trey dips into his collection of unusual and humorous facts.
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Notes from Northfield:
Rediscovering Cycling

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