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  1. Four Videos for Independence Day

    The 4th of July is a national holiday in the USA - today is the 241st anniversary of the signing of our Declaration of Independence.

    Let's start with a piece by the iconic American composer John Philip Sousa: Nymphalin. It's a nice little parlor piece with a rather sweet sound.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9uKuq0uKRk

    This is the University of Iowa's Hawkeye Marching Band playing "American the Beautiful." Sorry I don't have a real video because there are heralding
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  2. Is Your Music Really Yours?

    Reprinted with permission of the author.


    Preamble by Dave Werden:


    The story below is interesting on a couple of fronts. But the main reason I asked permission to reprint it here is to give my readers food for thought about the whole concept of "ownership" in the digital world. There is also a question of permanency with digital files. That last statement may seem questionable, but consider the following.

    I already know that there was a case where Amazon ...

    Updated 05-18-2016 at 08:13 PM by davewerden

    Categories
    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Interest
  3. How Valve Pistons Are Made

    When I was younger I more-or-less assumed that a valve (piston) was a solid rod with holes drilled in it. I never stopped to think about the difficulties of drilling curved passages into a solid tube. Later I figured out that the valves were actually hollow, but how they were made was still a mystery. Now that I have seen the process in person I thought I would share it here. I don't have photos of that experience, but Adams was kind enough to provide me with some photos (not from an Adams euphonium), ...
  4. Video: Does a Horn's Finish Affect Its Tone?

    This is a pretty good explanation from the folks at Harrelson Trumpets. The talk about bare brass, silver plating, gold plating, and lacquer and the way each can affect tone. This is often discussed among brass players and the answers, according to Harrelson, may surprise you. Note the discussion about stripping an existing finish and also the fairly clear answer about lacquer. It does not cover a satin (sandblasted) finish or a brushed finish, and does not mention if any difference in prep for ...

    Updated 02-22-2018 at 11:57 AM by davewerden

    Categories
    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Interest
  5. Taking Music Seriously - Or NOT

    In 1981 the great British euphoniumist Barrie Perrins sent me a letter with some interesting enclosures. One had to do with jokes. It was an article he wrote for the magazine The Musician and was titled "It's a Funny World."

    The last part of the article dealt with musical jokes, and it told one of my favorite stories. It's a favorite partly because it points out the ease with which some reviewers (and "regular" people) assume something is good just because it's new. Here is the section: ...
  6. Riding the eBay Roller Coaster - A True Story

    Editor's Note: This story was provided by a user of my website who recently purchased a euphonium from eBay. There were a few complications in the process, and her story may prove instructive.

    We were in the market for a good quality used King 2280 for my 8th grade son. Per Dave Werden, it's very difficult to find 2280's in great shape and so when this one listed on E-Bay for $1,699 under the category of "New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging..."
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  7. Christmas Music from The U.S. Coast Guard Band

    Here is a YouTube playlist with a few numbers from a special live concert the Coast Guard Band did in 1985. Our guest for the evening was Tony-Award-winning singer/actress Tammy Grimes. The selections include 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, White Christmas, Russian Christmas Music, and a special arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, written by the Band's former arranger and narrated with the Biblical story of Christmas.

    Coast Guard Band Christmas Concert Selections
  8. Cornet Soloist David Daws, Now Switching to Euphonium

    David Daws was a very successful and talented cornet soloist with the Salvation Army's International Staff Band. You can hear examples of his cornet playing here:

    Videos of Cornet Soloist David Daws

    But he has some scar tissue on his lip from a previous injury, and that is making it increasingly difficult to play the cornet to the standard he desires. So he made the decision to switch to euphonium, which will not be hampered by that ill-placed scar tissue.

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