Things have moved along nicely since we finally got all the DSN numbers in the right slots and made the transition from former to present website. And now Glen Lyon Books also shows up here in the Balquhidder Music website.
I have to thank a few people for doing proofing in the last three weeks that saved me from certain doom. Jean Libs, LeAnn Splitter, Bill Bing, and Kazue McGregor delighted in finding mistakes and inconsistencies. Theirs was a thankless job - but here's some thanks from me to them!
Just last night I got the National Brass Ensemble Story constructed. Michael Sachs and Tim Higgins were fantastic at getting materials to me almost as fast I could think about them - which spurred me into finishing the article in record time. Please read it and watch the slide shows.
The impact of their recording will be enormous. By getting an early taste through their permission to make samples, I got a chance to hear what is coming - and you can too by listening to the audio samples that accompany each of the seventeen Gabrieli arrangements of Tim Higgins. What a wonderful, musical sound. They were inspired by the great recording of 50 years ago by the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony Brass sections. I will just say that in my opinion, the National Brass Ensemble surpasses even that experience. If you listen well, you will learn a lot from this recording - and it will send you to the practice room. Great stuff! I hope that I will also have the CD for sale when it comes out in October.
Next week will be a new adventure for me. I will be manning a booth at the International Horn Society Symposium at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Though much of our catalog is trumpet centric, we do have two new horn books - Musician, Heal Thyself, by Dr. Kristy Morrell and 30 Etudes for Stopped Horn by Robert Ward. In addition to those, I expect there may be a lot of interest in the brass trios, quintets and large ensembles.
If you are going to the IHS conference please come by the table and say hi. We'll be in what they call the Olive Acre.