Monthly Archives: July 2012

Today in Music / July 6

In 1957 John Lennon and Paul McCartney are introduced for the first time at a concert of John’s skiffle band, the Quarrymen, in a suburb of Liverpool. A songwriting power team is born. They would go on to write twenty-seven number 1 hits. Among others. Do you have a favorite?

So You Want to Start a Brass Quintet

Or, perhaps more accurately, you want to start a chamber ensemble. Or perhaps any kind of musical ensemble. Who am I to say you can’t start a symphony orchestra? If that’s what you want, you can make it happen. Anyway, you want to start a group. But how? The task seems a bit daunting, right? […]

Drop the Needle / The Navy Hymn

To celebrate Independence Day here is the Navy Hymn (“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”) for tuba quartet. All parts played by me on a Yamaha YFB-822 F tuba and a Miraphone 188 CC tuba.

What Music Looks Like / Copenhagen Phil

Audience numbers are down? The Copenhagen Phil has a solution. Here’s a great flash mo done earlier this year on the Metro, featuring Grieg’s Peer Gynt. And if that’s not enough for you, check out their performance of Ravel’s Bolero at the Copenhagen Central Station. Great way to bring a taste of live classical music to […]

Today in Music / July 1

Today in 1915, blues musician, record producer, and songwriter Willie Dixon was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, now a well-known location on the so-called Blues Trail. A Grammy Award-winner, Dixon was one of the founders of the influential Chicago blues sound. (Check this out, a clip from 1966.) Additionally, he was a prolific songwriter (“Little Red […]