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Articles with a focus on the mellophone and middle brass

Mellophone Reality Show: DCI Horn Cam 2013

One part of the horn world we like to peek into periodically at Horn Matters is the mellophone world. The DCI season just ended...

In Praise of the Olds F Alto

Annually our church has a retreat over Memorial Day weekend up at a camp in the mountains near Prescott. Most years I have brought...

Brief Review: The Jupiter Hybrid Horn/Mellophone Mouthpiece

Back a few years ago I wrote (at some professional risk) a number of items on the mellophone, including an article on mellophone mouthpiece...

Where can you Study Music Education and Not Take Marching Band?

Many horn players are not fans of marching. Often for instrumental music education majors marching band is a required course. At some schools, however,...

Review: The Tuning Sleeve

At the recent IHS Symposium in Denton, TX one of the new products on display was an item called The Tuning Sleeve. It is...

A Mello Solution to the Buccine Problem

A buccina is an ancient brass instrument that was used in the Roman army. In the spirit of that instrument Respighi called for this...

A Limited Edition Tanglewood Plate with Mellophone

To fill up wall space and personalize my home office, I like to collect various horn-related items to adorn the walls. While some people...

Playing on Piston Valves, a King Mellophone, and the IYM

As I have been preparing for my session at the IHS symposium that involves performing on a vintage piston valve horn, I have been...

The Art of Mellophone Playing

This coming weekend I will perform and present at the Southeast Horn Workshop, where I will address a topic seldom discussed at such venues but...

Introducing the Marching Natural Horn

One small chapter of my story is the making of this marching natural horn. I have always enjoyed working in metals. I was able as...