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In my clinics, concerts, and adjudication around the world, I frequently find students who don’t have a good concept of what they should sound like. It brought me back to 1971 when my band director, the recently deceased Tom Brown, told everyone in the band, “You will bring me $10 on Monday, and I will give you a record.”

Read more: I Want to Sound Like That!

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As both a teacher and a performer, I have used Légère premium synthetic woodwind reeds for years and want to share my experience with this great product.

Read more: Teaching with Synthetic Reeds


In my first year of teaching, the superintendent of schools told us the following: “You can lead a horse to water; you can’t make him drink. But you can put salt in his oats.” To be candid, the man was not a stellar administrator. But for some reason, for better or worse, this little tidbit has stuck with me for 30 years.

Read more: Making Your Horses Thirsty


With its usual flair, the 2018 Drum Corps International World Championship Finals once again delivered incredible energy and excitement with seemingly endless memorable moments.

Read more: 2018 DCI World Championships: Marching Music at Its Best

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Developing a front-line mallet ensemble for a marching band can take years. Once you have the solid front ensemble, it will be a very powerful force for your marching band.

Read more: How to Develop a Front-line Ensemble


On August 31st, solo artist and former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch would have turned 73. Bob and his wife Wendy were two of my best friends for more than half my life.

Read more: Sentimental Gentle Wind Blowing Through My Life Again

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