Category Archives: Music

Right Treatment Requires Right Diagnosis, Part 2

I did not plan initially for this post to become a “two-parter,” but as I have continued to reflect on this topic and to work with students on certain issues, I have decided that an additional perspective is needed. Stated … Continue reading

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Right Treatment Requires Right Diagnosis

If I had gone into medicine instead of music, my income would likely be considerably higher than it is. That statement is obviously true, and it is true for a reason. Not only do physicians train for longer than I … Continue reading

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“Musicians for Christ” Interview

I am pleased to have been the first interviewee in what will be a series of interviews with Christian musicians on bass trombonist Calvin Audis’s new website. This material might be of interest to readers at The Reforming Trombonist also, … Continue reading

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Influential Recordings: Cornerstone

Through a mix of unusual circumstances, some related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself able to attend Christmas Eve services at my own church, instead of visiting family several hours away. I volunteered to perform a prelude for … Continue reading

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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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