Category Archives: Repertoire

Preparing for College and University Auditions

One of the first articles posted on this blog back in 2012 was a list of Fifteen Steps to Playing a Better All-State Audition. That piece was so popular and, I believe, so important that I have reposted it yearly … Continue reading

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Transfer of Knowledge

Ours is a day of great specialization. At one time the Bachelor of Arts degree—with a broad curriculum covering philosophy, theology, history, mathematics, music theory, ancient and modern languages, etc.—was the normative course of study for undergraduate students. In modern … Continue reading

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Trombone Ensembles versus Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles: Similarities and Differences

One of the great joys—and challenges—of my work at the University of Mississippi and in nearly all of my previous teaching positions is that I teach applied lessons on all of the low brass instruments (trombone, euphonium, and tuba). While … Continue reading

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Making Good Use of the Summer Months: Some Suggestions for Brass Players

Today is the last day of regular classes for the semester at Ole Miss. I am looking forward to moving to my usual summer schedule, with less time spent teaching and more time spent on my own reading, writing, practicing, … Continue reading

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Preparing to teach “Low Brass” at the College/University Level: A Primer for Tuba and Euphonium Players, Part Two

Last Friday I gave a brief lecture with the above title at the South Central Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, held at Louisiana State University. I was honored by the invitation, and the presentation was fairly well-attended and well-received. My blog entries … Continue reading

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