Thoughts on Teaching and Playing the Horn

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

August 8, 2014

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 ›

‘Tis the Season…

After a nice break for Thanksgiving, things are back in full swing for the end of the semester and the holiday season. This time of year is usually quite busy for musicians and especially brass players, and with the end of the semester coming up it makes for a very full schedule. I’m thankful for… Read More ›

Weekend Report

Here’s a brief report from my busy weekend. The Shreveport Symphony rehearsals and concert went very well, including the 3rd horn solos in the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms. The other pieces on the program – Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 – weren’t as involved for the 3rd horn but… Read More ›


Brahms, Academic Festival Overture, 3rd Horn

This week I’m subbing on third horn with the Shreveport Symphony, for a program that includes Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (Vadim Gluzman, soloist), and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. There’s some great horn writing on the entire program, but I’ve been spending most of my practice time for this concert with… Read More ›


Practicing at Home

Because of potentially dangerous conditions caused by Hurricane Issac, I and many of my colleagues throughout Louisiana spent much of last week working from home.  Fortunately, our roof and drainage systems proved sound, and we didn’t even lose power at our house. While practicing in my home office on Thursday, I had a front row… Read More ›


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