Tag Archives: All-State

Textures and Joy: Ron Nelson

I’m not terribly sure how I feel about the music of Ron Nelson. I don’t know what to make of him. I want to like it; it has everything I like in music: strong rhythmic drive, rich harmony, power, but … Continue reading

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Sam Hazo: Mr. Eyebrows

First off, a note on the title of this post. Two years ago Sam Hazo visited the All-State festival I was at. He conducted the teacher band in a program mostly consisting of his music, and some other band classics. … Continue reading

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Auditions are Stupid

I had an audition today for the All-State festival. It reminded me how utterly dumb the audition process is. First off, the music that we play on the audition is music we’ll never play in an ensemble that we’re auditioning … Continue reading

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