You have decided on the trip, made all the preparations, and your students and parent groups have been hard at work raising the funds to ensure that every student can participate. Now it is time to choose the repertoire that you will be presenting.
Part of J.W. Pepper’s dedication to serving musicians entails providing the largest selection of sheet music in the world. While the company has long prided itself on giving musicians as many options as possible, having such an extensive catalog of products can be overwhelming. This fact was the inspiration behind the service now known as Editors’ Choice.
The 88th Academy Awards ceremony was held on Sunday, February 28th in the same splendor as it always is. This year, much was made of the Best Actor category, with Leonardo DiCaprio winning his first Oscar after five previous nominations and nearly thirty years on the big screen. Amid the controversy that surrounded this year’s awards, most agreed that this award was well deserved.
Here is your chance to take a sneak peek at Tracy Harris’ Flute Boot Camp. Pepper has compiled seven videos that take you inside Tracy’s program. Learn the best techniques for breathing, vibrato, maintenance and more from one of the top names in the flute world. Then, check out Tracy’s book, The Flute Boot Camp Manual.
The 68th annual Midwest Clinic has come and gone, but this year more than lived up to what we have come to expect. Many attendees come back year after year to enjoy bands from locations all over the nation and learn from the greatest minds in music today. The clinic continues to grow, as well, with over 800 more attendees than last year, 700 of whom experienced the clinic for the first time.
The Midwest Clinic is coming up in December and Pepper will be there with a host of great guests. We’ll also be handing out the Midwest Pamphlet, which is your guide to the clinic, but right now we would like to present an inside look at what is happening at the Pepper booth, #807.
Our editors have their work cut out for them when choosing which titles to include in our Editors’ Choice series each year. We did some digging to find out which titles Pepper customers favored this past year and were pleased to see that, for the most part, you liked what we liked. Here is a list of the top 10 picks for both band and choir music, amongst you, our customers!
Does your band want to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy? Pepper and Manhattan Beach Music have teamed up to provide free music for your band so you can host your own benefit concert. Bands across the country have expressed interest in putting on benefit concerts, and having free band sets can get them on their way.
I recently had the honor of interviewing composer and teacher Frank Ticheli. In addition to composing, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. He is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire.
We were all deeply saddened to hear the news that Francis McBeth passed away Friday, January 6th. Dr. McBeth was a very well respected and admired figure in the concert band world and beyond.