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Monday, December 22nd

genius at play

Henry Threadgill (alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader) leading a master class (excerpt), Big Indian, N.Y. (Creative Music Studio), 2014



Henry Threadgill and His Very Very Circus, “Too Much Sugar for a Dime,” live, New York, c. 81 more words

Music Clip Of The Day

The Euphonium in the Orchestra

Why has the Euphonium never made a major impression on the orchestra?  Unlike the saxophone, there isn’t as clear of an answer.  With an instrument like the saxophone, there is the idea that a new and “unneeded” sound is being thrust into the already existing orchestra, but with the Euphonium, this is not the case.   1,272 more words


and...i'm back!

In 2011 I started a blog. I named it “Random Thoughts of the Tuba Girl”. Sound familiar?

To make a long story short…I lost sight of my dreams. 58 more words


A Bassic Bench

Well. That could have been worse.

I went last night for the first time to attempt my late-night tuba practice on the courthouse lawn. The fact that I was nervous says a lot about how far out of my comfort level I’m reaching. 1,053 more words

Tuesdays on the Tube: Empire Brass

The Holidays and Brass. It is one of the busiest times of the year for brass players. Whether performing in a church or playing in professional orchestras, brass musicians will most likely play one, if not, two tunes at least once in this gigging season– The Nutcracker and Sleigh Ride. 154 more words


"Cardiac Rhythms," Brandon Nelson (low brass trio)

On December 13, 2014, the International Low Brass Trio premiered my piece “Cardiac Rhythms” at the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, CA.

The group had commissioned this piece along with several others for this program.  291 more words