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Besson is Back!
A band director’s guide to these legendary instruments
By Dr. Marc Dickman University of North Florida
Many people may not know that the well-known French instrument manufacturer, Buffet Crampon, now owns the Besson brand of Tubas and euphoniums. After a brief hiatus from building instruments, Besson is back and increasing their sha ...
Interview with David Zerkel
(Interview by Deanna Swoboda, Vice-President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Western Michigan University)
David Zerkel is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Georgia, leading an active career as both a performer and educator. Previously, h ...
Lynn University Tuba Master Class
with Steven Campbell
Broadcasted LiveWednesday April 8, 20097:30pm EST
Click the links below to watch the archived videos!
» Student Master Class Session A - Part One» Student Master Class Session A - Part Two» Student Master Class Session A - ...
Brass Cueing Technique: Not Just Breathing
Evidently, integrating a clear and rhythmically decisive breath into a cue can be quite unnatural to many brass students. This is, most likely, simply a result of a lack of practice. When musicians are alone practicing their individual part they rarely incorporate a communicative breath into their drill ...
Low Brass Class Teaching Guide
By Richard Murrow
II. How Do We Begina. Posture b. Breathing c. Embouchure
III. The Mouthpiecea. Mouthpiece Placement b. Making the First Sounds
IV. Holding the Instrument
V. First Sounds on the Instrumenta. Sustained Tones b. The Descending Slur c. The Ascending Slur
VI. The Tongue
- Some Thoughts o ...
Holding the Euphonium Properly Can Make a Difference
The euphonium is one of the finest melodic instruments in the band. While its popularity has not reached the status of its brass contemporaries, it still serves an important musical function in most bands today.
Many instruments are designed in a way that allows a student to hold the i ...
Using Vocal Techniques to Enhance All Aspects of Low Brass Performance
A personal history, mine and yours, early singing experiences, allied to the performance of singing.
What were the experiences, good/bad and what about the substance?
Was it vocal training, or just singing, trained or untrained?
Was there any concept of v ...
Learning Your Way Around The Instrument
Harvey Phillips and Norlan Bewley
Warmup: Low-Middle-High on each position/fingering.
Low Brass Ensemble: Start with DUETS. Have everyone play the A part, then the B part. Divide the parts in a variety of combinations so everyone plays each part, learning to take the lead and to accompany. Move to simple trios ...
Building a Better Low Brass Section:Methods and Motivation
by Dr. Scott Garlock
Statement of the Challenge
No ensemble utilizing brasswinds can be successful without a strong low brass section. However, in most scholastic situations, there is a cry for more and better players on these instruments.
Brass players have the lowest retention ...
Euphonium Recording Collection
There is little doubt that the finest euphonium advocate and performer is Dr. Brian Bowman. The former Navy and Air Force Band musician and current University of North Texas professor pours his heart out in this important CD of sacred works. This CD will speak to you spiritually and as an example of a full rich, re ...
Preparing a Major Solo Piece for Euphonium
Steven MeadEuphonium Concerto" - Joseph Horovitz
Preparing a major solo piece takes a lot time, whoever the soloist is. Playing the notes may take a shorter time but a piece of stature and importance needs more of your time than the time it takes to get through the notes. There are not really enough quality s ...
All Music Begins with a Good Breath (and Dies with a Lack Thereof)
Ask any brass or woodwind student or band director what the most important aspect of playing a wind instrument is and most will respond that it is the ability to effectively use one’s air. Ask them to estimate how much breathing and air control contribute to good wind pla ...