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Entries from September 2008

Our Students are Awesome!

September 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Sometimes when I hear other musicians going on about how many students they have, and how late they have to teach, etc., it’s easy to second-guess myself and start to worry if something’s wrong with my more relaxed teaching schedule. “Why don’t I have 50 students every week?” I ask, and the answer comes clearly, [...]

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Tags: music business · music education

Cool, A Trombone Made of Glass!

September 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I spent a little too much time on YouTube yesterday, doing, er, “research”…and found this great video about the first playable glass trombone! I especially enjoyed watching the guy make the trombone, and thinking about all kinds of glass trombone questions, like: What’s it like to play a trombone with no spit valve? and Could [...]

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Tags: Trombones · videos

Ironclad Contracts and the Red Velvet Rope

September 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Yesterday evening, one of the ensembles I perform with lost a gig–because the gig was booked by a scammer! A couple months back, another group lost a show because they relied on a verbal agreement (and no deposit) to book the gig. Both the scammer and the verbal agreement person backed out at the last [...]

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Tags: music business

Our New Friends, The Keenagers

September 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Today, Andrew and I did a Summerglen Duo show for a wonderful group, the Keenagers of White Memorial Presbyterian Church here in Raleigh. We had such a great time playing for the Keenagers, and it was especially nice having the chance to get to know some of them after our performance. This was one of [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music

Puppies and ‘Bones

September 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Today I performed at the Brass at Bond festival, a free afternoon of brass music at a local park. I didn’t play my best by any stretch of the imagination. It was 90-some degrees out, and reeeally humid–so humid that it was tough to get a seal between the mouthpiece and my face! And when [...]

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Tags: Practice Tips · staying healthy

Back in Brass – Returning to Playing After Being Sick

September 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Ugh, this week has been somewhat frustrating, because it’s been a “get back into it” week trombone-wise. Two Tuesdays ago, I was hit with an awful case of food poisoning, and I didn’t have the energy to practice until this past Monday. Looking on the bright side, I did get a week off from “work”…but [...]

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Tags: Practice Tips · staying healthy