The Instrumentalist

Articles May 2014

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Rehearsal Techniques:
Time-Tested Rehearsal Ideas
“I saw Mark Kelly dissect a march as though it were a frog in biology lab. He first had the tubas, then the horns, then both together play their accompaniment lines so slowly it was almost a chorale, and this gave the rhythm and harmony of the march so much more substance and style it was mind-blowing.”
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Marching:
Planning a Marching Show
“Once we have finished all our plans for the show, we test the show with a set of questions that can help us identify any shortcomings in our planning or in the structure of the show. This helps us determine if the visual presentation and music have merit before we move forward and begin teaching it to our students.”
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Marching Clinic:
Preventing Marching Injuries
“A 5-10 minute brisk walk or jog prior to stretching increases circulation to the muscles, which warms the tissue and makes it more pliable for the stretches.”
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Interview:
Band and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
“That first year, we started from the very beginning. There are stories of Vince Lombardi when he first took over a struggling Green Bay Packers team working with Max McGee, who was an all-pro tight end. Lombardi said, ‘Max, this is a football.’ Getting all the way back to basics worked out well for the Packers, and the same holds true for band students.”
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Brass Clinic:
The Role of the Bass Trombone
A characteristic bass trombone sound bridges the gulf between the tenor trombone and euphonium sounds. “Using a bass trombone on the lowest trombone part is beneficial even for pieces in which the tonal range does not necessitate the larger instrument.”
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Profile:
A Lasting Legacy
Paul Worosello was that rare breed of band director who stayed at one school for more than three decades. Here is the story of a magical evening at Klein Forest High School in Houston.
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Notes from Northfield:
Pass It On

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Life of Reely:
Guitar Zero
Have you ever started something, quit, and then many years later wondered how accomplished you would be if you had kept at it?
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Obituary:
Ray Still (1920-2014)
Renowned oboist Ray Still died on March 12, 2014 in Woodstock, Vermont. Still was the principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 40 years, from 1953 to 1993.
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