Category Archives: International Trombone Festival

“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Dry Mouth Spray

A long-term debate exists among brass players regarding the advantages and disadvantages of dry and wet lips when playing. Some insist that playing is easiest when the lips are relatively dry, while others prefer that they be moist. This is … Continue reading

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Distraction: An Enemy of Great Performance

One does not have to be a very keen observer to conclude that ours is a society that is continually distracted. The devices that give us instantaneous access to so much information and were ostensibly intended to simplify our lives … Continue reading

Posted in Alessi Seminar, Alto Trombone, Arnold Jacobs, Auditions, Bass Trombone, Distraction, Euphonium, International Trombone Festival, James Miller, Joseph Alessi, Music, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Practicing, Pride, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Essential Concepts in Brass Playing 2: Daily Routines Work

I cannot think of a time in my life as a brass player that I did not believe in the importance of daily, systematic practice of playing fundamentals. The public school band program of which I was a part growing … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone, Conferences, Daily Routine, Emory Remington, Essential Concepts in Brass Playing, Euphonium, International Trombone Festival, International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Music, Pedagogy, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Trombone Ensembles, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles, University of Mississippi

My First ITEC…Not Really…but Kind Of

As was the case with my previous post, I’m writing this morning from a hotel room near Iowa City, where I am still attending the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference at the University of Iowa with my students. The University of Mississippi … Continue reading

Posted in Conferences, Euphonium, International Trombone Festival, International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Oystein Baadsvik, Pedagogy, Performances, Teaching Low Brass, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles, University of Mississippi, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Spring-Summer 2019 Concerts and Activities Preview

Midterm exams at Ole Miss are next week, so I suppose it’s a bit late to be writing a post about spring activities. Indeed, we’ve already had a few goings on in the low brass studio, including a trombone ensemble … Continue reading

Posted in Alessi Seminar, Alto Trombone, Baseball, Bass Trombone, ClarinetFest, David Herring, Doubling, Euphonium, International Trombone Festival, International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Ludwig van Beethoven, Micah Everett, Michael Brand, Michael Rowlett, Michael Wilkinson, Music, Paul Hindemith, Performances, Performing, Randy Dale, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba, University of Mississippi

Performance Anxiety

While a precious few of my readers are blessed with having no personal experience with the matter I am discussing today, most performing artists know it and know it well, and for some it can be debilitating at times. Performance … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern Trombone Workshop, Education, Higher Education, International Trombone Festival, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Providence, Teaching Low Brass, Worry

Next Week: International Trombone Festival 2013

The International Trombone Festival is one of the premiere yearly events for trombone performers, teachers, and enthusiasts throughout the world. This four-day event features performances, lectures, master classes, competitions, and exhibits, and its presenters are among the world’s most accomplished … Continue reading

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