Category Archives: Music

Bass Trombone as the Primary Instrument: A Report

For basically the entire year from May 2016 to May 2017 I moved from my usual practice of treating the large tenor trombone as my primary instrument to placing the bass trombone in that role. While for the entirety of … Continue reading

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Artistry is Not the Enemy of Practicality!

Members of the music teaching profession, like any other profession, can be categorized in a number of ways. For example, in most music departments at the tertiary level there are applied faculty members who are specialists in particular areas of … Continue reading

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Choosing a Contrabass Tuba: BB-flat or CC?

In the past few months I have had several students at both the college and high school levels ask me for guidance regarding purchasing their first tubas. Given the state of the national economy generally and Mississippi’s perennial status as … Continue reading

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“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Improving Smartphone Recording Quality

Recording practice sessions and lessons is an important tool for identifying and correcting execution errors and thus improving performance, and on the whole the ubiquitous presence of smartphones capable of making audio and/or video recordings has been a boon to … Continue reading

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The Daily Routine: Our “This is a Football” Speech

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) was one of the most successful football coaches in the history of the National Football League, leading the Green Bay Packers to an extended period of dominance in the 1960s. Today the trophy awarded to the winner … Continue reading

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Encouraging or Demanding? … Yes!

This weekend I returned to my graduate alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, for the first time since completing my doctoral degree in 2005. The occasion was the 20th annual North Carolina Trombone Festival, for which I … Continue reading

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Growth or Death?

I write this evening in the middle of what has been fairly satisfying weekend professionally. My students gave a fine performance of the national anthem at the Ole Miss Baseball game versus Mississippi State, and I have played one of … Continue reading

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