Author Archives: Eric Sperry

Tower of Power!

Tower of Power is one of the best horn bands of all time. They’ve been going strong since 1968 with a sound like no other in the business-a blend of R&B, Jazz, Funk, and Soul. The five piece horn section … Continue reading

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Army Blues play Stardust!

The Army Blues playing the classic rendition of “Stardust” as played by Doc Severinsen. Mark Wood on the solo book. Killer band with a killer trumpet section!

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Recommended Music!

Chicago XXVI: Live In Concert – Chicago Dear Ella – Dee Dee Bridgewater Trilogy – Kenny Garrett The Holman and Russo Charts – Stan Kenton Big Band Gypsy: Original Broadway Recording – Styne/Sondheim Playgrounds for Angels – Brass Partout, Herman … Continue reading

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More Mnozil Brass!

These guys are INSANE! Enjoy!

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DCI 2012 Cadets Hornline plays Mahler Symphony No. 2 Finale

This brings me back to my days of marching band and teaching DCI corps. Drum corps is one of the hardest things on the chops and body, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things a brass player or … Continue reading

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Stockholm Chamber Brass plays Rameau!

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Chicago Symphony does Mahler Symphony No. 6!

A great video showing fine playing all-around. Beautiful soft playing and some all out FF unisons in a large trumpet section lead by Chris Martin. Also, check out the hammer (yes, HAMMER) used in the percussion section around 3:05. You … Continue reading

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Analogies: Breathing and the golf swing

As many of my students know, I use analogies almost constantly in lessons. Most teachers find having multiple ways to explain a concept is helpful in connecting with a student. Analogies are one of those ways, so I’ve decided to … Continue reading

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Recommended Music!

Classic Sinatra – Frank Sinatra Chicago XXVI: Live In Concert – Chicago Long Live The Chief – Count Basie Orchestra Music For Organ, Brass, and Percussion – Michael Murray: Empire Brass Copland: American Songs – Hugh Wolff: St. Paul Chamber … Continue reading

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“Never Say Never Again”

I’ve just learned of a great article that I would like all of my students to read. It discusses many myths concerning “absolutes” when learning or teaching a brass instrument. The title says it best, “Never Say Never Again”. The … Continue reading

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