Archive | April, 2012
Solo horns in movie filmscores
By James Boldin Bruce Hembd’s great series on Horn-tastic TV Themes at Horn Matters got me thinking about all the amazing horn solos in movie soundtracks.  There are too many to list in this post, [...]

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How to write program notes
By James Boldin Most music students will at one time or another need to write their own program notes, but this useful skill often goes overlooked in an undergraduate curriculum.  The ability to write and [...]

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Physical fitness for brass players
A regular (or semi-regular) fitness routine can be very helpful for brass players, whether it be running, swimming, biking, or some kind of light weight training combined with aerobic exercise. Listed below are what I [...]

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How to string rotary valves on the french horn
A video by James Boldin, assistant professor of horn at the University of Louisiana at [...]

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Derek Watkins’ Sarcoma Charity
<img class=”size-full wp-image-6718 alignnone” src=”” alt=”” width=”312″ height=”182″ /> Derek Watkins has an international reputation as one of the best all-round trumpet players. He has played for Johnny Dankworth, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Ted Heath [...]

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Musical heroes?
By Jessica Ducharme I have been giving the idea of having a “musical hero” a lot of thought recently. What is a hero or heroine really? A hero/heroine can be defined as: A person who [...]

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Alexander Arutunian RIP
By David Allenby The Armenian-born composer Alexander Arutiunian died on 28 March aged 91 at his home in Yerevan. One of the major figures writing during the Soviet era, his Trumpet Concerto has remained one [...]

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Practice journals
On a recent trip back home to NC I found an old practice journal from my first year in college.  Looking back through this notebook was really kind of fun, and got me thinking about [...]

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