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In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Since then, the Italian-born explorer has been both celebrated and vilified for his part in the establishment of the lasting ties between Europe and The New World. Colonial Americans celebrated the 300th anniversary of the infamous voyage made by those aboard The Nina, The Pinta and The Santa […]


Labor Day is celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Monday in September. Origins of the holiday are traced back to 1872 when a parade was held in support of a strike by Toronto’s Typographical Union. In 1882, American union official Peter McGuire was asked to speak at a Canadian festival commemorating […]


In 1994, President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation urging all Americans to observe September as Classical Music Month. And to that we say: Easier said than done. We know what you’re thinking. Most people have an inexplicable aversion to classical music. While they can’t actually tell you what classical music is, they know for a […]


Here are 5 things your band director wants you to work on this summer. Honest. Go ask him! Invest your time in longer, more intense practice sessions. Concentrate on scales and sight reading. Take a good, long look at your instrument. Contact your teacher about any problems or malfunctions, but do not attempt ANY repair work yourself […]


Well, here at Minor Music’s World Headquarters, it’s a beautiful Evening in June . It also happens to be the first day of summer, aka summer solstice. The way we see it, you have two choices: A. You can impress with your friends with warm weather trivia like: The word “solstice” refers to the longest […]

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If you have attended a graduation ceremony just about anywhere in the United States since the early 1900s, chances are you are familiar with Sir Edward Elgar’s premier work. The English composer completed March No. 1 in D in 1901. It is the first in a series of orchestral marches collectively titled Pomp and Circumstance […]


  Is it ok to applaud between movements at a classical concert? It seems as though everyone from presidents to school children seem flustered by that sense of, “What do I do?” In the fall of 2009, President Obama hosted a classical music event at the White House. He jokingly admitted that he relies on the guidance of the […]

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Flag Day

On June 14, 1777, The Second Continental Congress officially adopted the flag of the United States. Today it is celebrated as Flag Day. According to published accounts by Betsy Ross’ only surviving grandson, William J. Canby, Betsy was sitting sewing in her shop one day with her girls around her, when several gentlemen entered. They […]


  Francis Scott Key was born August 1, 1779 to Ann Phoebe Penn Dagworthy and John Ross Key of Frederick County, Maryland. He was an American lawyer (and amateur poet) infamously detained aboard a British Royal Navy ship at the Battle of Fort McHenry during The War of 1812. He is probably best known for […]


D-Day commemorates June 6, 1944, when Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy during World War II. This was a time when a majority of the world’s nations were engaged in what was labeled as the deadliest conflict in human history. Minor Music takes a look back at the music of 1944. These are […]