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  1. Mr. Tuba - New Harvey Phillips Book

    Almost anyone who plays low brass knows the name Harvey Phillips. He was "instrumental" in producing so many opportunities that we now take for granted that it would be hard to overstate his importance. And he has meant a lot to me personally. He was a guest soloist with my college band at University of Iowa and also a couple decades later with The U.S. Coast Guard Band. His college performance was the first time I heard a tuba soloist play a lyrical melody with such grace and beauty (he did "Bless ...
  2. Papa Can You Hear Me? - New YouTube Upload

    At the 2008 ITEC, I had the pleasure of performing a solo recital along with one of my favorite pianists, Barbara Young. I just uploaded a song from that event, my rendition of Barbra Streisad's song "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from the movie "Yentl." It's a very "thoughtful" song, as the plot has the singer talking to her deceased father through the music.

    This is the type of song I encourage students to program. First, it can add a nice change of pace for the recital. It also gives the ...
  3. What If Your Horn Rattles or Buzzes?

    This is a very common question on my forum. Many players experience unpleasant and distracting noises from their horns, whether the instruments are new or old. The most common cause is metal-to-metal contact where it should not exist (or where it should be buffered).

    The very simplest cause can be something you are wearing. Among the items that have caught me by surprise on my own person/horn are sweatshirt zippers, buttons, and the clip of my pen (shirt pocket).

    Another ...
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  4. Philip Sparke Fantasy for Euphonium - Played by the Man for Whom It Was Written!

    The Fantasy for Euphonium and Brass Band was written in 1979, I believe, and has been played by countless euphoniumists since then. It has also appeared on various contest lists in its piano version.

    Sparke has a knack for writing music that is attractive the audience and a good challenge for the player(s). This particular piece was written for Ian Craddock, soloist with the Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band. I have just added Ian's performance of the Fantasy to my Euphonium Videos page. ...

    Updated 02-22-2018 at 11:03 AM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , Videos
  5. Why Horn Responsiveness Is Important

    For a long time I thought that a euphonium's response was relatively down the list of important factors when choosing a horn. First was the sound. And I broke down sound into two necessities: 1) the sound had to be big and have good projection, and 2) the sound had to have a character that fit well into various styles and could be "bent" or "shaded" somewhat when necessary. And second on my overall list was clarity of sound during technical passages. No sense working hard to play some tough piece ...
  6. We Just Added a What's New Section for the Blog and the Forum

    If you want to see the latest activity on the blog or the forum, you can do so on one page. There is a new link in the menu bar above, called "What's New?". This will take you to a quick overview of the latest activities in both the blog and the forum.

    When viewing the blog, you should see your profile in the right column. There is a "Subscribe to this Blog" link, where you can specify whether you only want notifications when you log in, or if you would like an instant email when something ...
  7. Derick Kane Video - Star Lake Pep Song

    I added a new video to my Euphonium Videos page. It is quite a lot of fun! It features British Salvation Army euphonium soloist Derick Kane, accompanied by composer Peter Graham. Here is the link (on a page with 614 other great euphonium videos!):

    http://www.dwerden.com/music-videos/...s.cfm?vid=1853


  8. Finding a College Teaching Job 101

    "What do you want to do when you grow up?" is a question commonly asked of children or young teens. But it also comes up for college students and adults, although it's expressed differently. The job market varies from good news to bad news, sometimes without much notice, and competition for one's desired job can be very tough indeed. Careful planning is important; by the time you are in college you need to get serious about your future.

    Having taught brass at two state universities, ...
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