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  1. A New Look at The Music Man

    I have been "studying" one of my favorite movies lately -- The Music Man. "Why do I like it?" you might ask. First, it is set in my home state of Iowa. And of course it is the only musical I can think of that has a song with the word "euphonium" in it. But mostly I just like the music.

    I hope you are already familiar with the story. I cheating salesman goes from town to town in the Midwest selling things people don't need. So he creates a need. In ...
  2. Russian Christmas Music, Video of C.G. Band and Russian Band

    This a 2-part video of a concert in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg). It was from a tour The United States Coast Guard Band did in 1989. We played several concerts around the area and capped it with a joint concert between the USCG Band and the Leningrad Military District Band. The performance was in October Hall, June 22, 1989. (This was the first anniversary of the USA-USSR Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.) The concert was broadcast live on Russian television.

    Part ...
  3. Find Hidden Treasures on eBay

    If you use eBay, you may sometimes notice that not all sellers are good spellers. In the past I have searched for a couple words that are not easy for everyone to spell: euphonium and severinsen (i.e. Doc Severinsen). So I try various mis-spellings to see if one is listed that way, but it is hard to guess how someone might butcher the spelling.

    Not to fear! If you like to find bargains on eBay, computer technology is coming to your rescue. There is a website that lets you type ...
  4. Watch Out for Scams Via Shorted URL's

    Pasting long URL's (web page addresses) into an email or message box can be problematic, so many people use URL shortening services, such as, to make these addresses very short. If often use, which turns the address of my previous blog post from this:

    to this:

    Much shorter and more convenient. However, ...
  5. New Euphonium Videos Added

    By now I hope you are familiar with the section on this site offering brass videos. There are sections for brass ensemble, trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, and tuba. I recently added euphonium videos featuring Demondrae Thurman, Steve Mead, Matt Tropman, Demondrae Thurman, Gail Robertson, and Grant Pitcher. Just go to the page below - the rest should be obvious. (And links to the other instruments are right there as well)

    Euphonium Music Videos
  6. New Tuba CD: Tom McCaslin - Inside Out

    Long-time readers of this blog may remember the name Tom McCaslin. He was one of our group of five euphoniums and tubas who played on A Prairie Home Companion a few years ago. He has just come out with a brilliant tuba CD called Inside Out. On it there is is tremendous variety of original tuba music. His playing will leave you breathless during several passages, and some of the music is so difficult you may find yourself thinking, "How did the composer even notate that?!" One of Tom's ideas on this ...
  7. Trying to Use the Perfect Embouchure? Why Bother

    I often get questions about various techniques. Sometimes they are based on other teachers' input, sometimes they are questions that arise out of need. That usually pulls me into one of those "there is no one right answer" answers.

    Take finger position. I advocate keeping the tips of the fingers on the top of the valve while maintaining a slight arch to the fingers. It is more efficient mechanically. No sooner do I say that than I see a video on YouTube of some great trumpet artist ...
  8. American Wheelmen Galop by Thomas Preston Brooke

    Here is another march from the "Heritage of the March" recording series. The series was done in the 1970's by Robert Hoe, and many of the LP's produced were recorded by military bands. Hoe's idea was to preserve music that was all but forgotten, yet should have a place in the history of band music.

    Today's offering is by American composer Thomas Preston Brooke. He was a composer of the ragtime era (and one note I found says he was an inventor as well). The march is American Wheelmen ...
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