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Lessons Learned, Minus the Nostalgia, Hail to Old IU

This post is for the education of my students and the amusement of my friends and colleagues.

This week I went back to my Alma Mater, Indiana University for some outpatient trumpet therapy with my teacher John Rommel.  I love going to Bloomington, I really do.  It's one of my favorite places in the world.  I thank the good lord every day that I went to school there and outside of marrying my wife and having our two children, going to the IU School of Music to study with Mr. Rommel was the best decision I could have ever made.

My Love-Hate Relationship with iTunes and YouTube

I love Itunes and youtube.  Sorta.  I think they are both great.   I love that I can carry my little ipod and have my entire CD collection on one small device.  It's great how I can make a playlists and make CD's for students. I love how easy it is for me to listen to a concert that I have downloaded and listen to it as I walk the dog or do the dishes. On youtube I love how I can see tons of videos of great players like Timofei Dokshizer and Maurice Andre that I was never able to see before the existence of youtube.  I have see concerts of all types, free of charge, anytime I want.

So why the hate?

My Newest Project: The Vincent Cichowicz Long Tone Studies

Last July I finally decided to take some action on a project that had gone through my head several times over the years.  I called Michael Cichowicz, son of the legendary trumpeter Vincent Cichowicz, and discussed with him the possibility of publishing his father's Long Tone Studies in a book.  Michael was very open to the idea.  We talked for a while about how this could happen, what would be in the book and who would publish it.  Finally I am happy to say we are finished with this project and we think the trumpet community world wide will be pleased with the results.  I wanted to take the time here to explain how and why we did this book and the issues we dealt with in putting it together. Read More...