The Instrumentalist

Articles May 2011

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Interview:
An Interview with Bruce Dinkins
“Pulse holds the group together, so I constantly keep tempo and pulse in their minds. I use drumsticks because I’ve broken so many batons by banging them on the stand.”
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Conducting Clinic:
The Art of Programming
In part two of our conversation with The Instrumentalist’s music reviewers, they share the keys to programming a perfect concert. “I always want my students to feel a sense of accomplishment from a performance. Nobody wants to go into a performance with the feeling that they are in over their heads.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
Saxophone Low Notes, Tips from the Masters
Branford Marsalis, Claude Delangle, and Kenneth Tse are part of a distinguished group of saxophonists who give their best advice for conquering the lowest notes on the instrument. “Playing these notes can sometimes conjure anxiety and physical tension in the upper body. Younger students may not feel confident of the fingerings, because intermediate-level music rarely descends into this range.”
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Instrumentalist Classic:
The Elusive Big Band Sound
“A notable aspect of the Stan Kenton Band was the consistency in the drum sound over the years, despite personnel changes. This was partly because Kenton owned the cymbals and required each of the drummers to use them.”
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Notes from Northfield:
History and Tradition
“The traditional review of the year entails reciting every single event during the year, and I try to do my John Moschitta imitation from the Federal Express commercials from the 1970s, talking as fast as possible.”
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Life of Reely:
Caught Napping
“There have been times in the afternoon that I am so groggy I barely notice a cymbal crash.”
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