Monthly Archives: April 2011

Roy Rogers and Other Famous People Who Played the Clarinet

Found this on young Roy (real name Leonard):Leonard had a trained rooster that he carried around on his shoulder. And in high school he taught a ground hog to sit patiently while he practiced playing the clarinet.“One day the boy … Continue reading

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Time Management Tip

As we hurtle toward the end of the semester, I offer the following time management tip (from an article I wrote a few years ago, Basic Time Management). Planning: Get a plan and follow it!  When planning our time use, … Continue reading

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112 Ways to Celebrate Jazz

April is the 10th annual Jazz Appreciation Month. If we don’t pass on a love for jazz to the next generation, who will? So, let’s get to work: Here are 112 ways to celebrate jazz:  http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=73

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NACWPI/CMS National Conference 2012 – San Diego, California

I am very excited to announce that NACWPI will be collaborating with the College Music Society (CMS) for our next national conference, NACWPI 2012! The conference will take place in San Diego, California, with the NACWPI sessions tentatively scheduled for … Continue reading

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New CD by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band!

Today Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band are releasing a new CD, That’s How We Roll. I’m a huge fan of this amazing jazz big band! If you aren’t familiar with them, you need to check them out at http://www.gordongoodwin.com/.  The new CD … Continue reading

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Performance Anxiety Tip: Focus on Preparation & Effort

One of the best performance enhancer (formerly known as dealing with performance anxiety) tips I know is: Focus on Preparation and Effort. Spend your time working on what is under your control: your preparation and effort. (The above tip is from … Continue reading

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Clarinet Teaching Videos – Michael Rusinek

Rico has recently posted some short teaching videos featuring Michael Rusinek, principal clarinetist with the Pittsburgh Symphony:  http://www.ricoreeds.com/RicoMediaDetail.Page?ActiveID=2953&MediaId=9192 Also, be sure to check out the other videos posted on the Rico website.

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