Music in the Air: Outdoor Classical Concerts

June 16, 2015

If there’s any time during the year that’s best for introducing classical music to the uninitiated listener, it’s summer. Thanks to seasonal changes in venue, pricing, and repertoire for many notable orchestras over the summer months, concerts during this time create an enticing entry point to the art form of live classical music.

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Music Advocacy

Band Camp: A Crash Course in Life Skills

August 15, 2013
Band Camp

For some, band camp has concluded and the school year is underway;  for others, camp is in full swing, complete with marching and maneuvering basics, sectional rehearsals, and color guard catches.  The tail end of summer is an intense time for marching ensembles, a time that sometimes finds parents and new marching students a bit surprised by the level of commitment asked of them.  There are compelling reasons, however, to put aside other activities until November (or so) and make room for the full-time commitment marching band requires.

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The Hobbit: A Soundtrack Review

December 16, 2012

On December 14th, Middle Earth fans got the chance to take in the next installment of Peter Jackson’s imagining of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.  Midnight marked the release of the first of his three films telling the story of The Hobbit.

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Directors' Toolbox

Happy Holidays, Manic Musicians

December 4, 2012

Tips for Holiday Concert Season Survival

It’s that time of year again… the time when people love the sound of joyous holiday music to put them in the mood to celebrate with friends and family.  Whether the songs are nostalgic, fun, reflective, or worshipful, no one can deny that music is a big part of what makes the holidays so magical.

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Directors' Toolbox

Qualities That Make a Great Student Leader in a Marching Ensemble – Part 3

September 28, 2012

Over the past few posts, we have been discussing the qualities that define an excellent student leader.  The first two traits this three-part series has explored are a student’s attitude of service and his or her commitment to excellence.  A third pivotal trait in a leader’s effectiveness is the student’s ability to communicate information in a live, face-to-face setting, as well as “read” his effectiveness in his followers.

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Pepper Live

The Benefits of Attending a Live Reading Session

August 1, 2012

On July 23, 2012, J.W. Pepper hosted Summer Sing, a choral music reading session in the company’s corporate headquarters in Pennsylvania.  While reading sessions are a standard practice for Pepper, inviting musicians into the corporate location for such an event was a first, and as the hundred-plus attendees of the sessions will attest, a great success.

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