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IU Summer Music Clinic

June 21, 2011

There are still a few ideas in my head about ITG that I want to write about, but I haven’t quite figured out how to get them out yet. What’s been shocking is how quickly the summer has filled up.

In my quest to Rid the World of Bad Trumpet Playing, I’m teaching at the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic this week. There are 25 trumpet students placed in 2 bands, appropriately named “Cream” and “Crimson”. Each morning I have an hour-and-a-half with each section. I’m not exactly sure what I’m “supposed” to be doing….don’t get me wrong-there is definitely rehearsing and solid sectional work being done, but it is summertime and these kids need to be taught other important things as well. These are, but not limited to:
-socks and sandals are never allowed
-why basketball is superior to other sports
-how major scales are like TV stations (seriously, I can make the case)

At the end of the week I’m excited to be playing with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. It’s a Rat Pack Tribute Show. Expect a full report next week.

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