Category Archives: Practicing

Because It’s Pretty…Or, The Downside of Musical Competition

Once again this week I am finding myself without very much time to write, with the International Trombone Festival coming up in a few days and a new recording project just a couple of weeks after that. So, I thought … Continue reading

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Make Sure It Stays Fun

Believe it or not (I’m not sure I can), I just finished my twentieth year of teaching at the university level. I started as a terrified twenty-two-year-old teaching assistant with nine students and no experience, spent time in both the … Continue reading

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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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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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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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