Unboxing the Houghton H3, and Initial Impressions

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If you follow the horn and use Facebook you probably have noted that Houghton Horns has a new line of horn mouthpieces coming out soon (more here). While they are a Horn Matters advertiser, I was following the development of this line for other reasons and was very interested to see the H3 model as I did […]

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On Editing a Brass Trio CD


Back a few months ago I recorded with my colleagues Douglas Yeo and Deanna Swoboda (more here) a brass trio CD. Jumping forward to today we are near the end of the editing process. This is my third project where I have been involved at this level and it is such an interesting process, worth […]

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Editorial: Social Media and #IHS46

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Explore the hashtag #IHS46 on Facebook and Twitter. Honestly, social media coverage of the event was pretty disappointing. As participants return home more is showing up on personal pages, but during the event in particular social media was sparse. From 2008 to 2013 I was honored to serve on the Advisory Council of the International […]

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On Not Distracting Other Players


This is the final article I will be posting from the archive of the original Horn Notes Blog, originally dated 7/17/05 and posted with the title “Oh ****” Any horn player who is any good more than likely has a bit of a perfectionist streak in them. We just hate to make mistakes. This is […]

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On Effective Performances

For this article we dig way back into the archive of the original Horn Notes Blog to an article dated 11/9/05, posted under the title “More on effective performances.” It includes many points worth pondering. Today in studio class we had the final performances associated with our Gumpert project [more here]. The entire studio prepared […]

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Passing of Wilke Renwick, hornist and composer

If you have played in a brass quintet at all you have probably seen the name Wilke Renwick. His Dance for brass quintet is certainly one of the most widely performed works for that ensemble. What is not as widely known today is he was also a fine horn player and for many years was […]

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A Conch Shell Horn


With summer upon us it is a good time to step back and switch things up with something different. Often horn players make use of the conch shell horn in a presentation on the history of the horn. I have never had one but a couple weeks ago stumbled across this example at a garage […]

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