June 6, 2019 – 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Omaha Beach, Normandy

June 6, 2019 – 75th Anniversary, D-Day This day was the sole reason for all of the musicians attending this service trip. My writing today is by far the longest and most detailed. It is important to me to preserve the memories, inscriptions, and history that we absorbed today. Much of the writings on theContinue reading “June 6, 2019 – 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Omaha Beach, Normandy”

Paris Day 4-5: Concert at the Eiffel Tower, Driving north to Normandy

June 4, 2019 Today was a day that I never, ever dreamed of. We had an afternoon of leisure time in Paris, which was nice after such a long rehearsal day. During dinner, we heard heavy rain, clapping thunder, and intense hail. Our concert that evening was of course…outside. This storm ended quickly and weContinue reading “Paris Day 4-5: Concert at the Eiffel Tower, Driving north to Normandy”

Day 2-3: Paris Pantheon, Riverboat cruise on the Seine, and meeting “the flute” that would change my life forever

June 2, 2019 Yesterday was a half day of sight-seeing, and then we met up with our D-Day 75th Anniversary Wind Band Tour. A few of us spent the morning at the Pantheon, which houses an amazing pendulum and a very large crypt, which rests some of the most famous Parisians (Victor Hugo, Voltaire, andContinue reading “Day 2-3: Paris Pantheon, Riverboat cruise on the Seine, and meeting “the flute” that would change my life forever”

Scale Workouts (9/28/18)

The weekend should be a great time to start exercising your scales skills! It’s super important for every musician to play scales well. For the band students, we’ve been playing our first five note scale, the “concert B-flat” scale from Do to So. For “C” instruments, such as the flutes/trombones/mallets, the notes are: Bb, C,Continue reading “Scale Workouts (9/28/18)”

Google Classroom Videos: A Tutorial

Mr. Wright and I assigned your first Google Classroom video assignment of the year today. It is due by midnight on Friday, September 28th. I’ve attached the instructions for logging into GC in this email, just in case you have not joined your appropriate class. Tip: If you have a smartphone or a┬átablet, Google ClassroomContinue reading “Google Classroom Videos: A Tutorial”

Beginning Band: The “FIRST WEEKEND” With Your Instruments

We use “solfege” in band every day. This is so the students can sing the pitches that we expect them to play on their instruments. Solfege will help us stay on neutral syllables, because we are dealing with two “key groups”. In short, flutes/trombones/mallets are pitched in the key of C. Trumpets/clarinets are pitched inContinue reading “Beginning Band: The “FIRST WEEKEND” With Your Instruments”