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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 […]

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  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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miles

  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 […]