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I frequently am asked by coworkers, friends and even some of my Dane County New Horizons Band members why I continue to work with our New Horizons band while handling the furor of a high school band director’s schedule. To[...]read more
It’s an Instrument with Many Names… Jazz or country groups tend to refer to it as a string bass, an upright bass, or a bass violin. Other names for the double bass are contrabass, bass fiddle and bull fiddle. The[...]read more
60 Years Behind the Slide… I’m Dudley “Slide” Schwartz and these are my observations from 60+ years (and still going) as an amateur trombonist. My brief dose of “music theory” dates from my days in junior and senior high school[...]read more
Every wonder how to coordinate Rossini’s William Tell Overture with fireworks? It seems the Japanese have got it figured out. Take a look at this video. You won’t believe your eyes! Or your ears! Hint…View this with full screen. Amazing![...]read more
Street bands often play from lead sheets. So do jazz combos and pickup bands. The players use their experience along with the lead sheet to figure out what notes and rhythms to play. Playing from lead sheets will expand your[...]read more