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About using measure numbers in parts and scores

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

jazz · teaching

Seeking Clinton Roemer

Two years ago I mentioned the Standardized Chord Symbol Notation book published in 1976 by Clinton Roemer and Carl Brandt. Since then, an alert reader, Doug Gifford, found his and scanned it. Link to the whole discussion is here. I think it would be great if this book could be republished. I think back then… Continue reading Seeking Clinton Roemer

computers · concert band · jazz · marching band

New Garritan blog – using GPO in GarageBand

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

computers · jazz · Sibelius · teaching

Brandt-Roemer chord notation book – could it be republished?

Back in the 1970s a small book was printed by two LA copyists, Carl Brandt and Clinton Roemer. It was called “Standardized Chord Symbol Notation: A Uniform System to the Music Profession.” It was the most logical and unambiguous chord symbol system I have ever seen. I don’t know if they ever even did more… Continue reading Brandt-Roemer chord notation book – could it be republished?

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Nicholas Payton says jazz is dead, and should be.

Musician Nicholas Payton has a blog (actually, it’s here on WordPress) in which he recently wrote a piece on why jazz isn’t cool any more. It’s kind of semi-poetic, and uses language little kids shouldn’t hear, but you should read it if you are interested in any kind of music written past 1900. He says… Continue reading Nicholas Payton says jazz is dead, and should be.

concert band · jazz · marching band · teaching · vocal

Creating a “Musical Moment”

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”

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New arrangements added to the list!

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.