#177. A Valuable Lesson

#177. A Valuable Lesson

Reflecting upon his career, Carl Chevallard, Lt. Colonel (retired), United States Air Force stated, “Our rehearsals became more efficient, we had more fun, and they gave me their music. This experience taught me one other valuable lesson: in the end, music cannot be...
#176. Anybody Will Hum

#176. Anybody Will Hum

I have often said that no band will play any better than they can sing. Now I know that’s a gross oversimplification, but I really do mean it. I am certainly not suggesting they have to sound like a seasoned and well-trained choir (though that would be glorious) but...
#175. Connecting Dots

#175. Connecting Dots

As part of a university commencement address some years ago, Steve Jobs, the co-founder of what was then known as Apple Computer, said “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward.  So you have to trust that the dots will...
#174. The Costs

#174. The Costs

I’ve always felt that the pace of a rehearsal was best when it was broken down into small segments working on different material. So maybe I’d spend 11 minutes on the introduction of one piece, then 14 minutes on the B section of another piece, 12 minutes on the trio...