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A series of informative and entertaining articles that ran from 2009-14, covering a wide variety of topics.

Random Monday: Forecasting, Stereotyping and Hero Worship

Will I get a job before I graduate? This is the time of year that music professors get a lot of questions from prospective students. ...The...

Random Monday: Alexander, Boy Blue and Dr. Frankenstein

Just relax A nice article that is a good primer for the Alexander technique. If you do Alexander technique on an Alexander-brand horn, does that...

Random Wednesday: Playing Catch-up, Memes and Plastic Brains

Wish granted Through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, a Chicago area teenager with Ewing Sarcoma had her wish granted to play with the Chicago Symphony horn section. That dream came...

Random Monday: I am the Walrus

More praise for Rob Jones The video at this discussion forum has been around a while but it was fun to see the reactions from...

Random Monday: Answer Fail, Indy Horns, Stolen Horns and Bouncing Czechs

Wrong place, wrong question Yahoo Answers are an endless source of entertainment (click the image at right). My advice? The Yahoo search engine would be a...

Random Wednesday: Windmills of the Mind

Noise pollution A new study indicates that French horn players are in danger of developing noise-induced hearing loss. This risk for horn players is reported as the...

Random Monday: Standards, Callings and Getting Up Close and Personal

Setting a high standard In praise of William Caballero -  "I'm in awe of what he does on a daily basis. His playing inspires everyone on...

Random Monday: Winded, Shaken and Mahlered

Opera winds In preparation for an upcoming performance at a double reed convention, the wind section of the Arizona Opera Orchestra had some pictures taken. That's...

Random Wednesday: Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, Brain Memes and Random...

Last week it was noted here that in the U.S. orchestral world, increased labor tensions and lockouts seem to be the flavor-of-the-month this year. Rumblings...

Random Monday: IHS Symposium Week and other War Stories

IHS #44 begins The forty-fourth International Horn Symposium begins this week in Denton, Texas. Be looking for reports from John, starting this Wednesday. On being interviewed for a...