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The Easter Band Championships – Sweeter Than Chocolates

18-year-old Sydney trombonist Minami Takahashi reflects on her experience of the 2014 Australian Band Championships in Brisbane over the Easter long weekend. Minami is studying trombone with Scott Kinmont at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and was successful in winning the Junior Champion of Champions and Open Tenor Trombone categories at the championships.  1,634 more words

Tenor Trombone

Breaking Down The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology (Baritone/Bass Volumes)

This post is an attempt to categorize every song within the five Baritone/Bass volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology.  I have chosen to categorize songs using the following musical styles as guidelines: Operetta, Jazz Standard, Traditional (Golden Age), Traditional (Post-Golden Age), Contemporary Standard, Musical Theatre Pop, Musical Theatre Rock, Sondheim, and Disney.   1,439 more words

Musical Theatre

Day 819

Today I am thankful:

For little miracles every day, like the seeds I planted in pots so long ago that I have no clue what they are. 49 more words


Upcoming Concert: New Works for Brass Trio

On Sunday, April 13th, Black Bayou Brass will premiere six new works for brass trio. These pieces were submitted in response to a call for scores from the Mid-South Chapter of… 379 more words

Area Horn News

NEW & IMPROVED! Musical Categories

As you may already have seen from our earlier blog post the Musical Categories have had a mild overhaul for 2014.

Check out the amended list of Musical Categories. 342 more words

Participating Choirs

Lessons on Teaching: Part 1

In the past few years, I have had the privilege of observing performers at a variety of music festivals-primarily with participants from local schools. If you hang out for an hour or two, you can learn many valuable things about how to teach and what students in the area are learning. 253 more words


Spring Events

At Belmond La Residencia spring activities are underway.  Today is the inauguration of a Collective Art Exhibition.  This will run until 23rd April.  Tonight’s cocktail is celebrating the re-opening of the hotel for the season and the start of the Art Exhibitions. 76 more words