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Categories: Band Camp | Add a Comment

    It’s every band director’s dream: This one time… at band camp…Everyone showed up on time, prepared and ready to work. What. Too far fetched? While the events of band camp are often exaggerated or mis-communicated, in reality it can be a fun, productive and unifying time. It’s an integral part of the marching [...]

essentialspic

  It’s a classic scenario:  The band camp suitcase is overflowing, and won’t close. Ideally, your band staff would have issued a packing list of items specific to the ensemble. But if not, here’s our list of band camp essentials: We’ve talked to a lot of director’s over the years, and have come up with [...]

Dinah

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 [...]

Logan

Memorial Day is celebrated in the United States every year on the last Monday of May. It is a federal holiday for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. This unofficial start of summer is traditionally observed by decorating the graves of those who served (a practice which dates [...]

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  In 1824, Vienna was abuzz as news of Ludwig von Beethoven’s latest work spread among prominent music patrons and performers. It was the first time a major composer used voices (four soloists and a chorus) in a symphony. Here’s our Top 5 Must-Haves of this iconic work: Herbert von Karajan Leonard Bernstein Simon Rattle [...]

Presidents’ Day (celebrated on the third Monday in February), was originally established in 1885 in recognition of George Washington. The holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Presidents’ Day is now [...]

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  No discussion on American Jazz is complete without the mention of the name Miles Davis. On Feb. 12, 1964, the iconic musician delivered what is arguably one of the greatest concerts ever. A benefit event, at New York’s Philharmonic Hall, produced recordings that cemented his place as one of the most influential musicians of [...]

Categories: December, January | Add a Comment
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The Mummers have been a formal New Year’s Day tradition in the city of Philadelphia since January 1, 1901. A day when accordion and banjo players, and saxophonists come together as unlikely (but undisputed) bedazzled rock stars; and when “Oh dem Golden Slippers” reigns as the official anthem of the day. Now, I come from [...]

blues

Here’s our alphabetical list of must-see movies for music enthusiasts. Not just musicals, but movies about music. Click through for plot summaries and ratings. And by all means, consider adding these to your collection. Amadeus The Benny Goodman Story Blues Brothers Bye Bye Birdie The Cabin in the Sky The Competition Copying Beethoven The Fabulous [...]

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They are among the most recognizable marches of all time, but can you match the song title to its branch of service? Click through to find the answer… and while you’re there, add these mp3s to your patriotic playlist. The Air Force Song The Army Song The Navy Song The Marine Song The Coast Guard [...]