Many marching bands are using software and incorporating electronics into their practice, rehearsal, performances and marching competitions. Most band directors will tell you that technology is here to stay. Learn how you can incorporate it into your program.
A Berklee College of Music graduate at 19 years old, saxophonist, singer, and composer grace Kelly (now 25) has traveled the world and been the recipient of many awards and distinctions. Her marvelous musicality and technical ability are enhanced by what The Late Show band leader, Jon Baptiste, calls “an electric charisma… that instantly ignites the room." Kelly joined us to discuss pushing musical boundaries, her daily exercises and creative ways to broaden your audience via social media
It’s important to invest in a good quality instrument, but don’t worry, there are many brands out there that provide a great value without breaking the budget. We’ll go through major band instrument categories and give a few suggestions for great beginner models for each.
While many musicians are classically trained by participating in school music programs or taking private music lessons, drummers are often self-taught players who start out learning to play music on their drumset by emulating simple beats from songs and drummers they love. In fact, there are many famous drummers who don’t know how to read sheet music. Is there an advantage to knowing how to read percussion music, or is it better to be self-taught and play drums by ear? Or is it best to be able to do both?
Determining the “best” guitar for you can be tricky. Are you a beginner guitar player or a professional? Do you have a limited budget, or have you really saved up? What style of music do you play? All of these are important questions in determining which acoustic guitar will suit you, your child, or your student.