As I was poking around the web site for Beck Brass Works, I came across an amazing archive of programs, pictures, and other related documents from the 1969 IHS Symposium in Tallahassee, FL. The image of the workshop poster at left is linked from their website. Some of the materials include a schedule of the various master classes, general sessions, and concerts, as well as performance programs and newspaper clippings from the event. According to the site all of these materials are a “gift from Bill Sand.” They are extremely interesting to peruse, and one of my favorite parts is the list of participants, located a few pages into the collection of programs. Although many of them were probably college students or young professionals in 1969, the list now reads as a “who’s who” in the horn world. Also interesting is to compare the format and content of this symposium with more modern ones. It seems there were far fewer solo performances at this workshop, but plenty of master classes, panel discussions, and mass horn ensembles. Another great resource which goes right along with these printed materials is the podcast series on the International Horn Society website. Check them both out, as they are fun, informative, and a part of our collective history as horn players. As an aside, I have also heard some great things about the work being done at Beck Brass Works.