Monthly Archives: September 2014

Why I am a Gideon

In the fall of 2005, shortly after I began teaching at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, I applied for and was granted membership in The Gideons International. I had been familiar with this ministry for practically my entire life. … Continue reading

Posted in Calvinism, Denominations, Doctrine, Evangelism, The Gideons International, Theology

Play like Obi-Wan Kenobi, not like General Grievous!

(My apologies for the lateness of this post. I had hoped to write on Friday or Saturday but was prevented from doing so by various responsibilities at the end of the week.) Brass playing is very much an athletic activity. … Continue reading

Posted in Breathing, Low Brass Resources, Playing Fundamentals, Teaching Low Brass

Fall Concerts and Activities Preview

Today I continue a regular practice for this blog, outlining the major performance activities for myself and my students for the coming semester. This academic year is shaping up to be a very busy one, particularly in the spring, but … Continue reading

Posted in Bass Trombone, Brass Quintet, Performances, Tenor Trombone, Trombone Ensembles, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles, TubaChristmas

Fifteen Steps to Playing a Better All-State Audition (Repost)

Today I mark my return to blogging after a summer off by reposting one of the more important and popular articles from this blog. With high school students are preparing for auditions for all-state groups and similar ensembles around this … Continue reading

Posted in Auditions, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing