Thoughts on Teaching and Playing the Horn

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Surviving a Three-Service Day

December 21, 2015

December is a busy month for musicians, especially brass players. With frequent Holiday Pops concerts, Nutcracker ballets, and church performances, double and even triple service days can and do happen. A “service” is usually defined as a 2.5 hour rehearsal or performance, and while many orchestras and other ensembles have contract language limiting the number… Read More ›


Semester Preview: Fall 2015 Edition

After posting a final update on the 47th International Horn Symposium, I decided to take a little break from blogging to focus on my preparations for the fall semester. The break turned out to be a little longer than expected, but I’m back now with my traditional semester preview. As always, a new academic year… Read More ›


Old Photos: An Early Embouchure Change

Going through a box of old photos recently, I came across a few pictures showing my embouchure setup from my early high school days. These photos were taken during the summer of 1996, and beginning that fall I made a pretty big adjustment to my mouthpiece placement. In the long run it was definitely the… Read More ›

Remembering Gunther Schuller

Last month the musical world lost Gunther Schuller, an immensely talented artist with wide ranging interests (image linked from There have already been a number of excellent tributes to Mr. Schuller, including his obituary in the New York Times, and today I would like to share a few items in memory of him. First,… Read More ›

A Recital Video and Some “New Year’s” Resolutions

Here’s a brief two-part post for today. First is a video recording of a live performance from June 2013 of Sweet Rustica, by the Portuguese composer Eurico Carrapatoso. I’ve written previously about Carrapatoso and his music (here , here, and here), so I won’t add too much other than to say that if you don’t know his music for… Read More ›


The Road to Recovery: An Interview with Bruce Atwell

In the world of horn playing, Bruce Atwell has done it all. He’s performed in high level professional ensembles – the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Milwaukee Symphony, to name a few – recorded multiple solo CDs, performed at numerous workshops and conferences, and taught at the college level. He is currently Professor of… Read More ›


My wife and I recently welcomed our first child into the world, so I’ll be taking a hiatus from posting new content for the next month or so. The Job Postings page will continue to be updated on a monthly basis, and I plan to resume regular posting by the end of the summer. For… Read More ›


Solo Bucket List

Over the past several years I’ve been compiling a “bucket list” of solo works that I have previously worked on, but never performed. Some of them are major works in the repertoire that for one reason or another I haven’t yet had the opportunity to perform, while others are less well known but still worthwhile…. Read More ›

Horn Handouts from the Midwest Clinic

This time last year I was putting the finishing touches on the materials for a stopped horn presentation at the annual Midwest Clinic, one of the world’s largest band and orchestra conferences. It was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has not attended. The number of concerts, clinics, and exhibitors… Read More ›

A Blast from the Past: My First Horn Recital

Thanks to a friend and former high school classmate, I tracked down a VHS recording of my very first horn recital, which I shared with the same friend. The date was August 16, 1997, and my part of the program was: Francaix, Canon in Octave Mozart, Concerto, K. 447 Damase, Berceuse At the time I… Read More ›


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