June 14, 2017

Derek Fenstermacher is Principal Tuba of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as well as the Albany Symphony. He currently teaches at Bard College, Montclaire State University, and Kean University.

What is your favorite thing about playing the tuba? 

"Too many to mention,...

March 11, 2016

As a professional brass player, you should get whatever mouthpiece your teacher/friend/idol uses and then just focus on getting better at the instrument.  The mouthpiece doesn't really matter, only your hard work. If you switch, you will go back two steps and ultimatel...

February 19, 2016

As musicians we are constantly judging and evaluating our progress based on a variety of benchmarks. Whether we are learning a new solo, increasing our range, or trying to speed up our triple tonguing, we often lose sight of the most important and fundamental issue….ou...

February 12, 2016

Do you think about music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? Good for you. Awesome. If you love music, or any craft for that matter, it is awesome to know you’ll never get bored of your job.


However, what else do you like? What’s going to make you fit in wi...

February 10, 2016


1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us who you are and what it is that you do.


Hi, My name is Martin Hackleman. I am presently the Horn Professor here in Kansas City at the UMKC Conservatory.


2. What is your favorite thing about playing the horn?


My favorite thing abou...

February 5, 2016

Today, I’m going to be talking to you about a very special and often misunderstood corner of brass pedagogy.  Yes, I’m talking about the brass method of Carmine Caruso.  The supposed “high-note” or “chops” method.  In this article I will explain the philosophy behind t...

February 3, 2016


1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us who you are and what it is that you do.


My name is Greg Spiridopoulos; I’m the Principal Trombonist of the Albany Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, as well as a member of the Empire Brass Qui...

January 29, 2016



As humans, we owe a lot to evolution. Whether it's our brain power, opposable thumbs, or our innate ability to tread water. . . it could've gone worse.


However, that's not to say that each of these gifts is helpful all the time. In fact, when it comes to brass/ wind...

January 27, 2016


1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us who you are and what it is that you do.


"My name is Dr. Kevin Gebo. I am a Yamaha Performing Artist as well a freelance trumpeter in the Washington Metropolitan area and a member of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” I also freq...

November 13, 2015

What is transposition?


“Transposition or transposing in music means playing or writing music in a different key. Transposing music means making it sound higher or lower. Transposing is a useful skill for people who play an instrument, especially the piano or organ.”



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