Necessities for Marching Band Maintenance

| March 31, 2014

Accessories for MusiciansWith limited resources for many music programs these days, proper instrument upkeep has never been more important.  While you need to handle major repairs with a complete instrument repair kit, many smaller issues can be solved with regular maintenance.  A…

Pepper is now the place to go for Music Apparel!

| March 20, 2014

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You have always known us as the top sheet music retailer in the nation, and we know you will find our apparel section to be everything you’ve come to expect from J.W. Pepper.  We have a wide range of…

50 Years of Wingert-Jones Music

| March 7, 2014

Wingert-Jones Commemorative EditionsIt was the Mid-West National Band Clinic, 1964. Merrill Jones sat alone at a table with his publishing company’s entire catalog — one piece by Claude T. Smith, a well-known band director in the area around Kansas City.  The piece was called…

The 300th Birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

| February 26, 2014

C.P.E. BachThe year 2014 could prove to be significant for the legacy of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.  The second surviving son of the great Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 8, 1714, and a flurry of events worldwide will commemorate…

Repertoire – Choosing Quality Choral Music, Conclusion

| February 24, 2014

Now that you have found some potential pieces and they fit the “who, what, when, where and why” of your practical considerations, what now?  Consider the following additional questions:

  1. Is the piece singable by your choir?  When I was

The Star-Spangled Banner Turns 200

| February 20, 2014

The Star-Spangled BannerWe know the story of how The Star-Spangled Banner was written.  Francis Scott Key, lawyer and amateur poet, sat aboard a British warship in Baltimore Harbor watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry when the lyrics came to him.  He had gone…

Repertoire – Choosing Quality Choral Music, Part 2

| February 12, 2014

In Part 1 we discussed practical considerations in choosing repertoire, such as the makeup of your performing group and the your intended audience.  Now we’ll look at how to find appropriate literature:

Where do you look?

  • Existing library of

Pepper is at the 2014 TMEA Convention

| February 4, 2014

Major teacher convention scene of exciting new product releases.

Repertoire – Choosing Quality Choral Music, Part 1

| January 31, 2014

Of the responsibilities that music teachers have, perhaps one of the most challenging is that of finding and choosing quality repertoire.  With the amount of literature available for all types of ensembles, the task of selecting the best music for…

The Midwest Clinic- the 67th Annual International Band and Orchestra Conference

| January 28, 2014

The Midwest ClinicFor the past 66 years, musicians and educators of all skill levels have gathered in Chicago during the month of December for the largest music conference in the world.  The Midwest Clinic – An International Band and Orchestra Conference offers…