October 28, 2019

Have you ever looked at the date, usually in January or February, and thought "No, that can't be right"?  I'm having that experience, but looking at 2019 and thinking "That's in the past."  So many of the things I'm working on are in 2020 or beyond that it's hard to re...

November 30, 2018

Hello again!  Many things have happened in the past year:

1) About to meet my firstborn at the end of January.

2) In an attempt to see whether I had professor face yet, ended up a close runner-up for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

3) Welcomed 12 new members to the WTAMU T...

September 25, 2017

#91: Learn to play a low Db in tune!  Hint: The trigger is not an octave key!  Find that Db in tune the octave above, then put down the trigger.  You'll find that you have to move the slide out quite a bit to match the note you just played!  Then play it an octave down...

October 24, 2016

Hi, ASYO trombones - here's the link I was talking about:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/md31ndftmhk60vm/Achieved%20is%20the%20Glorious%20Work.pdf?dl=0

August 7, 2016

I'm very excited that the Texas All-State Etudes this year are taken from the Rochut/Bordogni Melodious Etudes/Vocalises.  Let's first clear up the nomenclature!  These are actually vocalises, or vocal studies, written by the great Italian tenor Marco Bordogni.  Bordog...

July 20, 2016

 I can't adequately express how much I enjoyed this year's WTAMU Band Camp!  Here are just a few pics of the trombone choir... this should tell you what kind of people I was dealing with.

April 12, 2016

Taken from a Facebook post that has gotten much attention over the last few days:

 

 

College kids:

We have 4 weeks left, then finals/juries.
If you're in great academic and playing shape... Great! Keep doing what you're doing. Get some sleep.

 

If you're behind in your scho...

September 22, 2015

 

 

 

An idea stolen from the Internet

 

 

 

 

September 22, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like many people, a typical morning for me involves coffee and a browse of the day's interesting things on the Internet.  Reddit is a great place to grab the highlights quickly, and it was there that I ran...

January 30, 2015

 

I had a big, long post about this topic typed up, but the Internet ate it.  So here's the short version.

 

I have always been a high player.  It was my identity for the longest time.  You want me to play Bolero up an octave?  Sure.  You'd like to hear some high notes on...

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