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Owning the Piece: A Composer’s View of Writing Commissions

By Carl Strommen / November 5, 2019 /

Below’s blog is based on an interview conducted by Worldstrides/Heritage in 2015 with composer Carl Strommen.  “On the Wings of Angels” by Carl Strommen, commissioned by Worldstrides/Heritage, is published and available from Excelcia Music Publishing. The way I approach commissions depends on the type of performing organization – band, orchestra, jazz band, choral – and…

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An Eye for the Detail

By Chris Thompson / October 29, 2019 /

Rehearsing the ensemble, or smaller groups within the ensemble, can serve many ends. The kind of work you take on should depend on what you seek to produce. Whatever your time frame and/or notes that you are attacking, it’s helpful to identify the specific outcome(s) you are trying to get the group to achieve. And…

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Why Improvisation? An Approach to the Art of Improv

By Jason Taurins / October 7, 2019 /

In my experience, many musicians, especially those of us with a background in classical music, are at best uncomfortable and at worst terrified of the word ‘improvisation.’ Yet for centuries, improvisation was a part of every musician’s repertoire. It is said that J.S. Bach could improvise a prelude or fugue at the drop of a…

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Isle of Skye: An Old Tune Reimagined

By Michael J. Miller / September 24, 2019 /

Skye Isle is located in the Inner Hebrides archipelago on Scotland’s west coast where it is both the largest and northernmost island. Known for its picturesque landscapes, castles, and wildlife, it is frequently visited by tourists from all over the world. This piece is a setting of the Skye Boat Song, a beautiful Scottish folk tune…

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How Do You Tune Your Band?

By Jon Bubbett / August 21, 2019 /

Tuning is the responsibility of each individual in the ensemble. Directors can’t really “tune” the band. The best results occur when the director guides the student’s skill development to match pitch with the players around them. Playing in tune, like any skill, and learning to match pitch has to be worked on a little bit…

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What Good Is Marching Band?

By Larry Clark / August 7, 2019 /

Another school year is off and running and you know what that means? Football! Oh, and yes marching band. Many band directors have a love, hate relationship with marching band and there are many who wish it was not even part of what we have to do in music education. Others love it to the…

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Advice to Budding Composers

By Steven Rosenhaus / June 5, 2019 /

I received an e-mail from a composition student yesterday, one who received an A-minus. The student, who did not question the grade, asked what could be done to improve. I should say the student is intelligent, musical, and as creative as the student’s current level of knowledge allows. Here is my response: Dear [Student]: There…

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Purple Mountain Heather

By Michael J. Miller / May 8, 2019 /

COMING SOON from Excelcia Music Publishing Folk music has long been a source of inspiration for composers. Many melodies of more than several hundred years of age have survived in part due to their incorporation in modern music, and also because they are tuneful and memorable. Much of my music for band thus far has been…

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Marches: Rehearsal Techniques and Performance Practices for Percussion

By Gene Milford / March 20, 2019 /

The percussion section of an ensemble can add or detract from the performance of a march in concert. The conductor needs to have a concept of the sounds expected from each percussion instrument and be able to assist the performers to achieve that tone quality. Directors should not be willing to accept whatever happens in…

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So You Want to Be a Published Composer?

By Larry Clark / March 6, 2019 / Comments Off on So You Want to Be a Published Composer?

Are you interested in being a published composer for school band and orchestra? Let me start out by dispelling a myth right now. Getting music published does not equal getting rich! There are very few composers that I have ever known that can make a solid living just on getting music published for school bands…

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Owning the Piece: A Composer’s View of Writing Commissions

By Carl Strommen

Below’s blog is based on an interview conducted by Worldstrides/Heritage in 2015 with composer…

An Eye for the Detail

By Chris Thompson

Rehearsing the ensemble, or smaller groups within the ensemble, can serve many ends. The…

Why Improvisation? An Approach to the Art of Improv

By Jason Taurins

In my experience, many musicians, especially those of us with a background in classical…

Isle of Skye: An Old Tune Reimagined

By Michael J. Miller

Skye Isle is located in the Inner Hebrides archipelago on Scotland’s west coast where…

How Do You Tune Your Band?

By Jon Bubbett

Tuning is the responsibility of each individual in the ensemble. Directors can’t really “tune”…

What Good Is Marching Band?

By Larry Clark

Another school year is off and running and you know what that means? Football!…

Advice to Budding Composers

By Steven Rosenhaus

I received an e-mail from a composition student yesterday, one who received an A-minus.…

Purple Mountain Heather

By Michael J. Miller

COMING SOON from Excelcia Music Publishing Folk music has long been a source of inspiration…

Marches: Rehearsal Techniques and Performance Practices for Percussion

By Gene Milford

The percussion section of an ensemble can add or detract from the performance of…

So You Want to Be a Published Composer?

By Larry Clark

Are you interested in being a published composer for school band and orchestra? Let…

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