As the students are introduced to the various instruments over the course of this week, here is the link to the Youtube playlist that I have been using in class to highlight the different instruments.  Enjoy!     (You can forward through the list of videos by clicking the -> (right arrow) button in the player)

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Beginning students are currently testing the trombone, another member of the brass family. We will need about 12 trombone  players this year between the 2 Beginning Band classes. In short, trombones: are medium in size, and have a long, skinny, light case require a moderate amount of maintenance (but is not expensive) can be rented…

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Beginners recently began instrument testing on the euphonium, or baritone (used synonymously here, though they are slightly different.) We will need about 6 baritone/euphonium players this year between the 2 Beginning Band classes. In short, euphoniums: are relatively large in size are relatively easy & inexpensive to maintain are typically rented from the school can…

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David Finlayson is at it again! The New York Philharmonic trombonist who previously posted the “GoPro trombone video” has posted the following video showing the trombone buzz from inside the mouthpiece! The video below is pulled from, as I understand, a research project meant to identify how the lips move during brass performance (hence the…

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What happens when you strap a GoPro camera to the slide on your trombone?  It’s this video, posted the New York Philharmonic’s trombone player David Finlayson. * It is even funnier with the sound off! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soDn2puEuL8&w=420&h=315]

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Not as sophisticated as the previous one, but still pretty crazy! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m5QNhWencQ&w=560&h=315] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLzaeV0FA1E&w=560&h=315]

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Upon finding the “Trombone Silliness” video, I found several other trombone related videos that where worth sharing.  Here is yet another by the Maniacal 4 Trombone Quartet covering Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJaX4ZpfULM&w=560&h=315]

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The US Army Field Band has created a great series of informational videos on the instruments in the band.  This video, once again featuring the trombone, includes features on the history, care, and performance practice of the trombone. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fdhYpwAfr0&w=560&h=315]

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Andy C. recently conducted an email interview with Art Jennings, Professor of Trombone at the University of Florida.   What inspired you to be a professional musician? My first private trombone teacher inspired me greatly. He played in the Detroit Symphony and was a really good musician, and most importantly, his love and respect for the art…

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