I’ve been away from here for a couple of reasons, but the biggest one is that it’s marching band arranging season. It, like spring, came late this year, which is why I’m still writing. It seems it took longer for my clients to decide on music this year than usual. Anyway, I was editing parts… Continue reading About using measure numbers in parts and scores
Yes, I’m back, at least a little bit! I wanted to share that Garritan, maker of affordable and good-quality virtual instrument libraries, has set up a new blog. This particular post has to do with using Garritan Personal Orchestra sounds in Apple GarageBand. If you would like to easily access the sounds in other Garritan… Continue reading New Garritan blog – using GPO in GarageBand
I’ve had some family responsibilities – care of a parent who is ill – and won’t be back on here until at least May 1. The book is done and is being reviewed by several truly wonderful band directors/arrangers. Once they are finished looking for nonsense (there are certainly a few bits in there that… Continue reading Update, March 1, 2013
I attended the Central States Judges’ Association fall seminar last Saturday in Indianapolis, and while we were having our discussions I made some notes. Generally, they were about things that occurred to me as we discussed marching music that I wanted to discuss in my arranging book. Yes, that book which is taking far longer… Continue reading Are we being educationally dishonest in marching band?
I had the chance to attend the semifinals of the Bands of America Grand Nationals this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. I saw 34 marching bands, excellent to jaw-dropping outstanding. There were only 12 slots for finals and in my judgement there were at least sixteen or seventeen that were definitely finals material.… Continue reading Bands of America Grand Nationals Semifinals
All too often when we as musicians or conductors look at a piece of music, we forget about the possibility that it could be that wonderful musical “moment,” that beautiful polished gem, a standout in its own right. When you’re presenting musical theater you know it’s pretty obvious that some tunes were written as solo… Continue reading Creating a “Musical Moment”
I recently updated two marching band arrangements I wrote a number of years ago for today’s bands (especially today’s percussion sections) and added them to the super-secret arrangements and compositions list. If you would like a copy of the list, email me and I will sent it to you.
I suppose it didn’t make much sense to switch web site hosting companies just after doing a mass emailing to a lot of band directors…but the Apple iDisk isn’t working correctly and wouldn’t allow access to the main page. I’ve had that happen before and never found out why. I switched to fatcow.com and set… Continue reading The new store is set up…now if you can just see this…
Warning: some of what I discuss here may upset you. I can only say that it is my own viewpoint, based on my years of experience and observation. I’ve not seen every band and I know there are many factors involved in getting a performing group onto a stage and ready to play for an… Continue reading More thoughts on making concerts interesting
I sent an email mailing out to about 400 band directors today. Only about 100 bounced back, but that was expected. I put the list together from various sources from the last couple of years, and people move or change email addresses. It’s not my intention to spam folks. I just didn’t know of any… Continue reading The mailing went out today…