Tips for Success at All-State Auditions

Tips for Success at All-State Auditions

We all want our students to make All-State groups. Earning a place in these prestigious ensembles is a great experience for students. It’s something they can take pride in including on college applications, and a way to impress their peers. Not only does it benefit the student, but it puts a feather or two in our caps as educators.

Trumpet and French Horn: Back to School Tips

Trumpet and French Horn: Back to School Tips

Summer is approaching an end, and it’s time to start planning on what to do with your incoming and returning high brass players. As much as we stress practicing consistently over breaks to our advanced students, let’s face it; they spent much less time on their instruments than we desired this summer.  

Teaching Jazz Articulation to Young Brass Players

Teaching Jazz Articulations

Solidifying and matching jazz articulation throughout the young jazz ensemble will take your band to the next level of clarity, tightness, and style. One of the biggest differences between a mature versus a young ensemble, aside from soloists, is their grasp of style. I’ll first address the common articulations that a director will encounter in jazz repertoire.

Developing the Middle School Lead Trumpet Player

Chris Clark at DTW Clinic

There are many aspects of playing lead trumpet in the jazz ensemble aside from playing in the upper register. Frequently, a student is pushed into the role of lead trumpet only due to the fact that he/she can play high notes. A good lead trumpet player is able to really lead the band in style, feel, time, precision, and volume, in addition to playing the high notes.