The Instrumentalist

Articles August September 2022

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Interview:
The Incredible Journey of Berklee’s Jay Kennedy
This profile with Jay Kennedy reflects on a remarkable career that has included work as composer, arranger, DCI adjudicator, and music school administrator. From writing for commercials and television to the halls of academia, Kennedy has seen it all.
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Feature:
A Community Bands Together To Honor Its Musical History
This is an inspiring story of a small-town music program that used the isolation of the pandemic to learn about community history and commission an original work honoring that history.
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Instrumentalist Classic:
J.J. Johnson, Expanding the Envelope
This gem from our archives originally appeared in the April 1990 issue of The Instrumentalist.
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Midwest Preview:
The Midwest Announces Performers and Clinicians for 2022
The Midwest Clinic has announced the full lineup of clinics and performers for the upcoming convention from December 19-22 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Here are just a few of the highlights.
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Woodwind Clinic:
Triumphant Saxophone Choirs
“A musical amalgamation with a storied past is starting to reassert itself in the modern era: The saxophone choir is growing in prominence and popularity at colleges and high schools.”
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Brass Clinic:
Common Tuba Teaching Misconceptions
The author explores sayings commonly used in teaching tuba students that are only partially true or even counterproductive
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The Teacher's Studio:
Inflection
“Recently in a lesson a student encountered a rhythm where all of the notes of the rhythm were the same pitch. When the student played the passage, there was no inflection, so it was impossible to determine where the down beat was.”
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Pep Band:
Survive and Advance, Secrets of Great Pep Bands
“The high expectations and standards for your athletic band’s performance will have a huge impact on how the community values your work and the entire band program.”
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Notes from Northbrook:
Starting Small

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