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  1. Speaking of Repairs/Adjustments: How About Valve Alignment?

    A previous post discussed re-working curved tubing to make it fit more "comfortably" as part of the whole horn. But with valved instruments, it is also important to make sure that the valve ports are perfectly aligned. When the valve is up or down, there are tunnels in the valve that should line up with the slides' entrance.


    Some horns are not made carefully enough and the alignment is not good. The will affect response and intonation.


    The most common problem ...
  2. Brass Instrument Relaxation

    This is not about helping the player relax, but rather helping the instrument relax. Some repair shops are now getting into the technique of taking a horn apart and re-fitting the parts so they fit in a more relaxed manner.


    Why is this necessary? The theory goes like this. When a horn is manufactured, tubes that were once straight are bent into the shape necessary to fit the shape of the horn. This can be done in various ways, taking more or less time to complete. If the tube ...
  3. Part 10: Arthur Lehman Remembers Euphoniumist Harold Brasch

    The 10th article by Arthur Lehman about Harold Brasch is now online. Arthur shares more of his memories of the great player and teacher.


    Here is an excerpt:


    ...Harold may be gone - in fact he was been gone for over 22 years - but his fame remains. He is famous because he was one of the very best of all euphonium players. He was the first to use the four valve compensating English euphonium since the turn of the century (from the late 1800's to the very early ...
  4. Part 9: Arthur Lehman Remembers Euphoniumist Harold Brasch

    The 9th article by Arthur Lehman about Harold Brasch is now online. Arthur shares more of his memories of the great player and teacher.


    Here is an excerpt:


    ...For a few years Harold Brasch had been talking about writing a new book about the 4-valve brasses in general and about the 4-valve compensating euphonium in particular. He felt strongly that there was a lack of information, studies, exercises designed especially for the 4-valve euphonium players who were ...
  5. Patriotic Sheet Music and Recordings - Free

    The U.S. Library of Congress offers a fantastic collection of patriotic music, including the story behind the songs, some photos, recordings, and sheet music. It is all available online at:


    Library of Congress Patriotic Music


    Here is their description:

    Patriotic Melodies tells the stories behind many of the songs that have now become part of the American national heritage. Here you can listen to Kate Smith sing "God Bless America," page ...
  6. July 4 Extra - Recording of American Salute (USCG Band)

    To help celebrate the holiday coming in 2 days (Independence Day, 4th of July), we have a download of one of the finest military bands in the world, The United States Coast Guard Band. The selection here is American Salute:


    U.S.C.G. Band - American Salute, from 2003
  7. Panel Discussion - Careers in Low Brass

    At the year's International Euphonium Institute, there was a panel discussion, or round-table, on the topic of careers for tuba or euphonium players. The panel included Adam Frey, David Childs, David Werden, Brian Bowman, Martin Cochran, Kevin Wass, and Eugene Dowling. We all discussed our own history and also took questions from the audience.


    The recording of the event is available on the Euphonium-Tuba forum, in the Downloads for Members Only section. You must be logged in as ...
  8. Part 8: Arthur Lehman Remembers Euphoniumist Harold Brasch

    The 8th article by Arthur Lehman about Harold Brasch is now online. Arthur shares more of his memories of the great player and teacher.


    Here is an excerpt:


    ...The college kid had a brand new Besson euphonium, shiny silver plated. Beautiful horn. To get an idea how the boy played, Harold put up a piece of music for the pupil to read. Apparently, the young fellow was not making a good impression on Harold with a sort of "attitude problem." Too smart, it seems. ...
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