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Back to the Future Overture for Clarinet, Complete with DeLorean!

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Back to the Future Overture for Clarinet, Complete with DeLorean!

I released a recording of a clarinet ensemble arrangement of Alan Silvestri's overture to the hit movie Back to the Future about a week ago. You can listen to the audio alone on ...

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Announcement: DCI Trial Judging for 2015

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I am pleased to announce that I will be volunteering this summer as a trial judge for Drum Corps International, moving into the judging roster for the 2016 season.


I moved out of full-time high school band directing in 2007, but still wanted to stay involved in the activity. That involvement took the form of becoming an adjudicator fo...

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Great Performances: Geoff Gallante Performs Cheek To Cheek

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I am surprised that it took me this long to hear about trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante. Close your eyes and listen to the playing of a professional trumpet player who is most likely in his 20's or 30's. Open your eyes and see an 11-year-old boy. This performan...

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Great Performances: Ole Edvard Antonsen Performs Bellstedt's Napoli

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (1)

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Ole Edvard Antonsen is a Finnish trumpet virtuoso who has performed with some of the world's most renown orchestras and jazz artists with equal aplomb. His performances g...

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PRACTICE ALL OF THE THINGS!

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

I made this meme to post of my band and strings moodle pages today. Our spring concert is earlier than ever this year, so they need to get to work! Teaching students HOW to practice on their own is as important as expecting them to do it. Trying to educate parents about how to help them make progress at home is even more of a challenge.

 

 

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Recommended Book: Conducting Concerti, A Technical And Interpretive Guide

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The University of North Texas Press has recently published Conducting Concerti, a Technical and Interpretive Guide by David Itkin. This masterf...

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America's Newest Professional Wind Band Needs Your Support

Posted on February 7, 2015 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Adam Brennan, Conductor and Creative Director


The Great Lakes Wind Symphony is a new professional wind band based in Rochester, New York. The band had its premiere concert in December of 2014 and is now in the midst of a

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Banjo Mute Promises Up To 100% Sound Reduction

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The mental picture of this product in use is quite entertaining. Happy Friday.



This article (c) 2015 Thomas J. West. All content on ThomasJWestMusic dot com is licensed under a Creative Contributions Attribution-No Derivative Works 3...

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You Are Not The World's Best Band Director

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

You are NOT the world's greatest band director

Harry L. Dinkle, the "world's greatest band director," is a recurring character from Tom Batuik's Funky Winkerbean comics series. Scholastic band programs have a long tradition that is connected closely to military bands and drum corps. Band has always been associated with competition since i...

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Here's A Good Laugh For Every Concert Band Director

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I always love when I get shipments of new concert band and orchestra music from J.W. Pepper to share with my students. It feels like Christmas every time. I received a shipment today and opened my copy of the Michael Brown Grade 2 arrangement of Pavel Chesnekov's "Salvation Is Created". Imagine my surprise and belly laughs when I lifted out the score to find that the folder contained a full set of parts for the Tim Waters arrangement of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida"!

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