Category Archives: Euphonium

Preparing for Sight Reading in Auditions

A few weeks ago, I served as an adjudicator for the second-round trombone auditions for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band. I do this most years, yet in 2020 this provided a particularly enjoyable bit of near-normalcy for me. While we … Continue reading

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There Are Technical Challenges…and Then There Are Processing Challenges

My son, who will turn eleven in a few days, has been playing violin for four years. While his sight reading ability remains well behind his overall technique, over the past year or so he has begun working through what … Continue reading

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

I was planning to write a new post this weekend, but in light of conversations with several students this past week, this post is worth sharing again. While it can be tempting to neglect fundamentals in favor of working on … Continue reading

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

Today I am reposting, for the ninth year, one of the more popular articles on this blog. With high school students preparing for auditions for all-state groups and similar ensembles around this time of year, posting this article every fall … Continue reading

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Fighting for Normal

This morning I was able to do something special that was completely normal until six months ago: I performed a piece of music, with other people, in public. The COVID-19 event has robbed society of much that was beautiful and … Continue reading

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