The Rite of Spring – An Appreciation

| May 14, 2013

Igor StravinskyAs I write these words, we are no more than a few days away from the hundredth anniversary of one of the great events in musical history. May 29, 1913 was the date of the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s…

The Midwest Clinic – A Preview

| December 18, 2012

The 66th annual Midwest Clinic is this week! The theme for this year’s famed International Band and Orchestra Conference is “In Honor of Our Mentors,” and some important figures in band and orchestra music will be in attendance.…

Meet Pepper: Southern California

| November 27, 2012

When tourists visit southern California, their itinerary will more than likely include must-see sights and trips to Disneyland, Hollywood and one of the many beaches that typify Los Angeles.  However, there is growing speculation that making a trip to Pepper…

Meet Pepper: Northern California

| October 16, 2012

Hi from the San Francisco Bay Area!  The J.W. Pepper Northern California store is located in sunny Dublin, California, about 40 miles east of San Francisco.  We moved to this spot in the spring of 2008 from our original Fremont location

The Sounds of Summer: Music at the Movies – Part II

| July 5, 2012

A continuation of the discussion of the value of cinematic soundtracks to the world of both serious music and to music education…

Each year, as Hollywood offers the movie-going community an array of new film scores to appreciate, publishers…

The Sounds of Summer: Music at the Movies-Part I

| June 20, 2012

Summer has hardly begun, but the summer movie season is already in full swing.  Every year, a parade of blockbuster films compete with each other for the millions of dollars moviegoers will spend in search of a journey into the magic…

Music in our Schools Month: A Multi-Generational Approach

| March 27, 2012

March is Music In Our Schools Month!  As part of this month-long celebration of music, the Montgomery County Concert Band of which I am a member participated in a unique and positive musical experience that combined generations of musicians.

Led by directors Stephen…

Audience inCHOIRing

| April 21, 2011

Have you ever attended a musical or choral event and thought, “Wow, I wish I could do that”?  Perhaps you felt so inspired after witnessing a performance and for a split second you thought, “I’m going to march right up…

Band Composer Series: Brian Balmages

| April 6, 2011

An active composer, conductor and performer, Brian Balmages’ fresh style of composition has put him in high demand for his wind, brass and orchestral music worldwide.  Mr. Balmages’ compositions have been performed at events such as the College Band Directors National…

Set a Festive Mood Before the Concert Begins

| December 1, 2010

Christmas MusicOne of the highlights of the holiday season is enjoying one of the many music programs that add so much to the season.  While attending one such holiday concert,  I experienced an added touch that really enhanced the evening’s performance.

As audience members arrived, they were…