Elizabeth Geli is an assistant editor for Muse Media LLC and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. She played flute in marching bands for 17 years, had a short stint as a jazz band alto saxophone player, and is currently attempting to learn hand bells. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism and master’s...

Elizabeth Geli is an assistant editor for Muse Media LLC and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. She played flute in marching bands for 17 years, had a short stint as a jazz band alto saxophone player, and is currently attempting to learn hand bells. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism and master’s degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from the University of Southern California, where she served as a senior graduate teaching assistant for the Trojan Marching Band.

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Scheduling Advice from a High School Band Director

In the blog, Case Study: A Successful Band Program in a Border Town, we met Dena Laurel, head director of the Roma High School band in Texas, who built a successful program despite being located in a remote and impoverished area. 

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Case Study: A Successful Band Program in a Texas Border Town

In a sprawling state like Texas, it might be easy to overlook the small town of Roma that sits along the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border. But that would be a mistake because the Roma Independent School District has cultivated a unique and successful music program thanks in large part to Dena Laurel, who came to Roma High School as an assistant band director in 1997 and then moved up to become director of bands in 2008. 

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3 Teaching Tips from the Boston Brass

In the blog post, Boston Brass' Quest to Educate Young Musicians, the members of the Boston Brass shared that education is essential to their mission. Here are some tips that the Boston Brass members like to impart to music directors during their many clinics.

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Boston Brass' Quest to Educate Young Musicians

As you might have guessed, the Boston Brass is a brass quintet originally formed in Boston. What you might not have known is that more than performing with a unique blend of broad repertoire and boisterous fun, the group's first goal is to help educate as many young musicians as possible.

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Blending Brass

With so many superhero movies hitting the theaters, it's ironic to hear ensemble directors tell their students, "Don't be a hero," when someone is sticking out in the overall sound. Because of the brass instruments' powerful directional abilities, blending the sound and dynamics of an ensemble can sometimes seem like an epic battle!

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6 Tips for Ear Training

"Tonight, we are young. So let's set the world on fire …" There's a minor sixth in Fun.'s hit song "We Are Young." The guitar riff in the "South Park" theme song? That's a tritone. And when YouTube's viral teen Rebecca Black says, "Friday," it's a major second.

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Case Study: Mobilizing a Community to Win Yamaha Instruments

Mobilized by band director Sean Furilla, the community of Canton, Georgia, came together in a widespread show of support for the Marie Archer Teasley Middle School band when parents, staff and community members worked to win five brass and woodwind instruments from Yamaha worth $20,000.

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