Monthly Archives: March 2013

An Unexpected Metaphor for the Christian Life

March 19, 2010, was undoubtedly the worst day of my professional career as a music professor. Having secured an invitation to perform at one of the largest and most prestigious trombone conferences in the world, I was looking forward to … Continue reading

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“But I Have Something at Church”

In a previous post I mentioned in passing that I have sometimes encountered students that try to excuse inferior musical or academic work by citing Christian activities to which they devote much of their time. Perhaps these students think that, because I … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Maintaining Piston Valves

For the third and final post in this brief series on low brass instrument lubrication and maintenance, let us turn to the subject of piston valves. Given the simplicity of piston valve design and maintenance compared to trombone slides and … Continue reading

Posted in Euphonium, Euphonium Maintenance, Low Brass Resources, Music, Piston Valve Maintenance, Piston Valves, Teaching Low Brass, Tuba, Tuba Maintenance

A Short Guide to Maintaining Rotary Valves (and Other, Related Valves)

Low brass players and teachers know well the sound of noisy, poorly-maintained rotary valves. That annoying “clackety-clack” has been a blemish on many tuba and trombone ensemble concerts, to say nothing of the propensity of poorly-maintained valves to “freeze” at … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Trombone Slide Cleaning and Maintenance

The internet is a notoriously fickle and unpredictable medium for disseminating information. On the one hand, sometimes a forgotten page or file can, if not removed by its author or owner, remain available indefinitely. One of my simple pleasures in … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Low Brass Resources, Music, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Trombone Cleaning, Trombone Lubricants, Trombone Maintenance, Yamaha Trombone Slide Oil