Band Composer Series: Michael Sweeney

| April 26, 2011

Mike Sweeney, Hal Leonard

A graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), and Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Michael Sweeney has over 500 publications to his credit. As a winner of numerous awards from ASCAP, his

“For His Contribution to Music”: Sir George Shearing, 1919-2011

| February 16, 2011

The 2011 Grammy Awards have scarcely ended and the music world mourns the loss of jazz pianist and legend, George Shearing.  Recognized for orchestrated and inventive jazz, he created 300 compositions, but is most well-known for Lullaby of Birdland.  Among…

Creativity: Your Brain on Improv

| January 20, 2011

I know what you’re thinking.  How can one scientifically analyze a concept that, by its very nature, is capricious and unpredictable?  Dr. Charles Limb, a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, has done a fascinating study on the…

Enter Our Facebook Drawing!

| October 15, 2010

 Psst… spread the word!   Enter your group for our Facebook sweepstakes called “Put Your Group on Canvas.”  A few J.W. Pepper employees put their creative resources together to offer you a chance to display your music ensemble’s photograph on a top-quality, large canvas!    The winning organization’s …

Are your ears ringing?

| April 19, 2010

Did you ever get the feeling someone is talking about you?  Well, this time of year you are being talked about plenty here at Pepper.  For a span of about three months, our music editors sequester themselves amidst stacks of scores and read…

The Little-Known Voice in Jazz

| April 15, 2010

Are you looking for interesting ways to keep your students interested in practicing over the summer?  With the school year drawing to a close and the heat of summer already upon some of us, we’ve all noticed our students becoming…

In their own words: Gordon Goodwin

| March 5, 2010

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band is a dynamic force in the jazz idiom.  Here, courtesy of the ASCAP archives, you can hear the Grammy-winning artist himself, talking about the process of building a unique voice for the band that…