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It’s mid-August in Kentucky, which means two things: Marching band is gearing up, and that means school isn’t far around the corner! The All-State music is out, which means those are auditions are just around the corner The two All-State etudes for this year are from the same books as […]

2018-19 All-State Horn Etudes Out (+Recordings and Tips)




If you’ve been in band or orchestra for any length of time, then the constant badgering from directors, sectional coaches, and private teachers to¬†“practice your scales” is probably very familiar. If you’ve taught band, orchestra, sectionals, or private lessons, then the almost-automatic eye roll from students when you tell them […]

Scales, Caring, and Cursing






Too much pressure. Incorrect mouthpiece placement. Too much “smile” in the embouchure. Lousy right-hand position. Too little attention to intention. These are some of the bad habits I’ve had in my playing over the past 20+ years of playing the horn. These bad habits weren’t learned overnight, and moving past […]

Looking to Remove Bad Habits? Two Strategies You May Not ...


Marching Mellophone
Nothing. Well, almost nothing (I kid – mostly). John Ericson, Horn Professor at Arizona State University, and one of the¬†founders of the French horn website HornMatters.com, has a book about playing the <em>A Mello Catechism: A Guide to the World of Mellophones and Marching Horns</em></span>. This book discusses the history, […]

What do “playing musically” and the mellophone have in common?