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Beijing – Day 7

Today was my last day in China.  The other guest artists were on very early flights and mine did not leave till 5:30pm so I had the day to myself.  I basically retraced the steps of my first day here a week ago.  It was interesting how much more comfortable...

Beijing – Day 6

Today one of CCOM tuba students’ took Marty Erickson and me to the Great Wall.  It was a wonderful experience even though the sky was very foggy.  There are many points that tourists can enter the Wall and the one we took was supposedly the most difficult.  I would have...

Beijing – Day 5

This afternoon I gave a four-hour master class to the CCOM middle school trumpet students.  There were about 15 students around the age of 14-18. First we went through some warm-up concepts together as a class.  Then I talked about putting music into different categories in order to help you...

Beijing – Day 4

After a morning of practicing, our host, Fan Lei treated us all to another amazing lunch.  I had turtle, venison, goose, manta ray and an amazing ginseng soup!  He has assigned three of his students to chaperone the four guests around throughout the week and these students have already become...

Beijing – Day 3

Today was the day of my solo recital.  I had a dress rehearsal followed by lunch at a local hotspot. After that some much needed downtime till the concert.  The first portion of the program was by tuba great, Marty Erickson.  He plays with amazing control and confidence.  It also...

Beijing – Day 2

The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing has about 1000 university-age university music students and another 1000 high school-age students.  They call them middle school students.  There are two large buildings that house the students, rehearsal rooms, concert halls (2), dining facilities and practice rooms.  One of the buildings is...

Beijing – Day 1

I have been invited to play some recitals and give some master classes at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.  This is part of the 2nd International Wind & Percussion Music Festival.  This is a huge thrill and honor for me so I thought I would keep a...

Great time at ITG

I’m back from another fantastic ITG Conference.  This time it was Minneapolis, May 23-28.  I would like to thank everyone that stopped by the Composers’ Collective booth and said Hi or bought something.  It seemed we hardly ever had any down time.  I also would like to thank my colleagues...

A Musical Remembrance

I would think that most of us have had musical experiences that have dramatically affected, if not impacted our lives; perhaps a top 5 list of favorite musical memories.  Funny thing for me is that I didn’t even play in two of my top five musical moments.  One, was my...

A Note to “Serious” Music Students

“I’m thinking about transferring to a different university.” As a college music professor, I have this conversation every now and then.  As someone who transferred to four schools during my undergrad years, I would like to offer my thoughts on the subject. Most of the time when students investigate a...