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October 3, 2019

In this day and age most of us play a large number of freelance gigs, or have side hustles to help make ends meet. Keeping track of these gigs for your own financial records, for taxes, or for creating a budget can be a daunting task - even for the best of us. For many...

December 2, 2016

Learning a musical instrument can be one of the most rewarding experiences in anyone's life – it can also be the source of much frustration! Sometimes, when things aren't going so well, it's difficult to remember how much fun playing music really is. I have written abo...

December 11, 2014

I have always been surrounded by teachers, mentors, and family who encourage me to think about who I am, where I am, and where I want to be. I am thankful for these people because without them I would not be who I am today; a person of integrity who is goal oriented, a...

October 14, 2014

From my post of the Powell Trumpets facebook page:

 

Practicing with a practice mute certainly isn't ideal, but it is a necessary evil in our world. Long weddings, church services, being quiet backstage or in the pit, etc. We have to get the job done, and using a practic...

September 15, 2014

When I was a student in college, keeping in good-playing shape wasn't a big deal. I had several ensemble rehearsals each day, playing in various classes, daily and nightly practice sessions, and on top of that I maintained a private studio of about 20 middle and high s...

July 1, 2014

            A consistent and well-structured routine is essential for developing players and professionals alike. A quality daily routine will cover all facets of trumpet playing, including: air flow, tone production, finger dexterity, flexibility, articulation, range,...

July 1, 2014

First of all, there are a number of players not listed here who certainly should be. Secondly, much of this list was stolen from one of Pat Harbison’s books. I have done my homework, and have edited the list slightly as I worked through the listening to reflect my own...

July 1, 2014

There are certainly times of the year that will keep you busier than others. Let’s say most of the year you play the B-flat trumpet, and you brush up on your C and Piccolo trumpets around the holidays. Well, what happens when you get a call for C or Picc and it’s the m...

July 1, 2014

I like to think of composition in music like developing a character in a story. One of the most interesting things that can happen to a character in a story is to undergo an unexpected change. All of a sudden the protagonist breaks free from what you would expect them...

July 1, 2014

Awesome news for the Cincinnati, OH film and jazz scenes - a film, starring, produced and directed by Don Cheadle called “Miles Ahead” will shot in the Queen City. I am hopeful that the involvement of local jazz musicians will shine a positive light on our city’s thriv...

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From my post of the Powell Trumpets facebook page:

 

Practicing with a practice mute certainly isn't ideal, but it is a necessary evil in our world. Lon...

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