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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 […]


  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 […]


  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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Music Festival

We get it. It’s hot. Why should you bake out in the sun at a Music Festival when you could be kicking back at the beach or pool? Because we said so. But if you need more convincing than that, we’re gonna have to turn it over to our friends at Deering Banjo. This might […]


May of 2013 will no doubt be remembered by classic rock junkies as the time when David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” came to life. When Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted the poignant version of the song performed aboard the International Space Station, he immediately earned worldwide acclaim and (maybe even cooler) a shoutout from Bowie himself, via […]


All new band parents are at least a little leary when it comes to caring for that newest addition to the family. Luckily everything you need to know (regardless of how or how often you play) to keep your instrument in proper playing condition is right here. First, keep the instrument in its case when it’s […]

Looking for some nutrition tips for the day of a big performance? Well, I was having lunch with three music teachers (instrumental and vocal) the other day, and I took the opportunity to bombard them with questions for you. As you can probably guess, they all had their pet peeves. It was a rapid-fire discussion […]

Most likely your summer will include some community parades. Whether marching or watching, the best advice we have for you is to  respect the sun…  And it’s not as complicated as you might think. The first thing you want to invest in is a great pair of sunglasses. But what type of protection is best? UVA/UVB? […]