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The Brass Junkies, hosted by former Boston Brass members Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke, features interviews with the best and brightest brass players in the world. Subject matter includes everything from the serious to the ridiculous, just like the music business.

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The Brass Junkies, hosted by former Boston Brass members Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke, features interviews with the best and brightest brass players in the world. Subject matter includes everything from the serious to the ridiculous, just like the music business.

    TBJ143: Brittany Lasch, Trombone Professor at Bowling Green State University on Covid recovery, Star Wars and Goal Setting

    TBJ143: Brittany Lasch, Trombone Professor at Bowling Green State University on Covid recovery, Star Wars and Goal Setting

    TBJ143: Brittany Lasch, Trombone Professor at Bowling Green State University on Covid recovery, Star Wars and Goal Setting. Brittany Lasch shared her incredible story about losing an Easter gig and getting Covid, a bad tradeoff.
    LINKS
    https://www.brittanylasch.com/ https://www.bgsu.edu/musical-arts/faculty-and-staff/brittany-lasch.html https://www.astralartists.org/artist/brittany-lasch/ https://michiganopera.org/ Want to help the show? Here are some ways:
    Unlock bonus episodes galore by becoming a Patreon patron. Help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. Show us some love on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Show some love to our sponsors: The brass program at The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and Parker Mouthpieces (including the Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke models.) Buy Pray for Jens and The Brass Junkies merch at The Brass Junkies online store! Tell your friends! Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    TBJ142: Chris Martin, Principal Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic on auditions, fundamentals and 340 mouthpieces. Really.

    TBJ142: Chris Martin, Principal Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic on auditions, fundamentals and 340 mouthpieces. Really.

    TBJ142: Chris Martin, Principal Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic on auditions, fundamentals, and 340 mouthpieces. Really. Master trumpeter Chris Martin joins Andrew & Lance to explain how he landed two of the best gigs in the world.
    LINKS
    Chris' page NY Phil bio page Juilliard page Yamaha Artist page TBJ63 with Mike Martin Full show notes at pedalnotemedia.com (including Lance's show notes/Easter eggs).
    Want to help the show? Here are some ways:
    Unlock bonus episodes galore by becoming a Patreon patron. Subscribe to our brand new YouTube channel! Help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. Show us some love on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Show some love to our sponsors: The brass program at The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and Parker Mouthpieces (including the Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke models.) Buy Pray for Jens and The Brass Junkies merch at The Brass Junkies online store! Tell your friends! Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    TBJ141: Quotes from the 2020 TBJ Academy Summer Workshop

    TBJ141: Quotes from the 2020 TBJ Academy Summer Workshop

    TBJ141: Quotes from the 2020 TBJ Academy Summer Workshop. Andrew & Lance highlight some of their favorite quotes from Donna Parkes, JD Shaw, Mary Bowden, Tage Larsen, Jen Montone Demondrae Thurman, and Richard White.
    We had an amazing week at The Brass Junkies Academy Summer Workshop! 20 amazing hours with the best of the best in an extremely informative and powerful five-day run. 
    BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!!!
    We've decided to add an additional TBJASW BONUS DAY on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, featuring trumpet soloist Rex Richardson, Chris Castellanos, french horn with Boston Brass, and an additional hang with a special surprise guest! If you have already signed up for the course, this day is TOTALLY FREE for you! If not, head to brassjunkies.academy and sign up today, using the offer code summerbonus to get the live bonus day AND access to recordings of the previous 20 hours of content for $59 through September 1.
    In case you forgot, here were the artists for the original workshop:
    Trumpet Tage Larsen Mary Bowden Jose Sibaja Horn Jen Montone Jeff Scott JD Shaw Trombone Joe Alessi John Lofton Donna Parkes Euphonium Demondrae Thurman Gail Robertson Hiram Diaz Tuba Carol Jantsch Patrick Sheridan Richard White Hangs (too many folks to list them all, here's three) Jim Nova Michael Parker Composer Pete Meechan Now onto this episode. 
    We had a hard time picking from among a gazillion awesome quotes but found some we thought you'd enjoy. Here's the rundown:
    Donna Parkes on: Getting honest about why we do what we do This current time is a chance for us to get back to that "why" JD Shaw on: Warming up not just because we are supposed to Tailoring it to what we have to play Mary Bowden on: Now’s the time to get organized about your practicing Making a list of the things you’re great at (and the things you’re not so great at) Tage Larsen on: Not waiting to get lucky when taking auditions Learning that they are a process Jen Montone on: Consistency in auditions Control over your mind - so that you have control over your body - so you can do the closest you can to your best Demondrae Thurman on: Nerves Trusting your preparation Richard A. White on: Learning to pick yourself up Learning to trust yourself Want to help the show? Here are some ways:
    Unlock bonus episodes galore by becoming a Patreon patron. Help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. Show us some love on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Show some love to our sponsors: The brass program at The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and Parker Mouthpieces (including the Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke models.) Buy Pray for Jens and The Brass Junkies merch at The Brass Junkies online store! Tell your friends! Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.
     

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    TBJ140: John Lofton, Bass Trombone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on YOLO, diversity in the arts and a crazy trip to Venezuela

    TBJ140: John Lofton, Bass Trombone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on YOLO, diversity in the arts and a crazy trip to Venezuela

    TBJ140: John Lofton, Bass Trombone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on YOLO, diversity in the arts, and a crazy trip to Venezuela. John Lofton is a great guy and thoughtful musician and shared some great insights and ideas with Andrew & Lance.
    In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:
    Oh yeah, and Lance Carol dissed Lance John starting with the LA Phil officially in 2008 but played as a long term sub starting in 2004 How the long term sub thing works for or against you It can be a challenge for black players if they don't know you as a person McGurk Effect Audition committees wield a lot of power Committees can sometimes tend to look for alter egos Diversity in the arts The recent tragedies and the response This creates an opportunity for orchestras in how they present themselves LA Phil tour to Venezuela Impact of El Sistema YOLA Resident Fellows Program at the LA Phil Cultural relevance with orchestras and the cities they serve Andrew at a James Brown concert John seeing an orchestral concert in Jr High in Philadelphia, getting the bug but seeing the lack of diversity and how/when that changed in the Philadelphia Orchestra The challenge of getting to a critical mass The comparisons with women joining professional orchestras Herd immunity from idiots Lift Every Voice project with Wycliffe and Jim Nova Safety concerns when on tour in Venezuela Music teaching in Venezuela coming from a place of love Alternating Mahler Symphonies with the Bolivar Orchestra LA Phil plans for the fall Fire-hosing content to the internet Michael Parker is remarkable, let him know! John's upcoming session in The Brass Junkies Academy Summer Workshop LINKS
    John's LA Phil bio page Bob Cole Conservatory bio page Mendez Brass Institute bio page McGurk Effect YouTube vid Lift Every Voice And Sing YouTube vid Want to help the show? Here are some ways:
    Unlock bonus episodes galore by becoming a Patreon patron. Help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. Show us some love on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Show some love to our sponsors: The brass program at The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and Parker Mouthpieces (including the Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke models.) Buy Pray for Jens and The Brass Junkies merch at The Brass Junkies online store! Tell your friends! Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.
    From his bio:
    A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, JOHN LOFTON began his professional career as Bass Trombonist with the State Orchestra of Mexico. After his years in Toluca, Mexico, Lofton moved to Hawaii to perform with the Honolulu Symphony and later became the Bass Trombonist of the Phoenix Symphony. In 2008 he was appointed to the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Bass Trombonist. In addition to his responsibilities with the LA Phil, he has toured and recorded with the Cleveland Orchestra and performed with the San Francisco Symphony as well as the Santa Fe Opera. Lofton’s musical interests also include chamber music; he has performed with several brass quintets and is a faculty member at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute featuring the Summit Brass. He teaches at California State University Long Beach, and has students from several L.A. colleges. In addition to appearing on several sound stage recordings, Lofton has produced both solo and chamber recordings.

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    TBJ139: Mike "Doc" Nickens on listening, learning and understanding

    TBJ139: Mike "Doc" Nickens on listening, learning and understanding

    In today's episode, we cover:
    Lance is leaving town for two days and everyone is happy about it Welcome to Abby Lannan to the Pedal Note Media team! Doc's various names JustNix is yummy! Rage Medley viral video hit over 120M views New Pedal Note Media podcast, "Doc Nix Talks To..." Air Bud and Beethoven Listening and learning Black Lives Matter Driveway chats w/Doc Nix while Andrew's kid made minivan inventions Recent Doc FB post Continually Winded Miscommunication The pain of people missing the point Can you shore me up Being assaulted by a skinhead in Altenberg, Germany Three Kings movie, Michael Jackson story Being on the train in NYC encountering the skinhead's doppelganger Realizing he wasn't powerless The influence Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh Trying to unlock the power of the composer Don't just walk in their footsteps, seek what they sought Rapping in his recital at U of M Black Music Matters, Ed Sarath Performing on stage with Nas and the National Symphony Dave Porter's encouragement Founding a fife and drum corps at George Mason University Green Machine as an umbrella for a great array of music-making groups at GMU Getting away from "sameness" in the university music curriculum Music school recruiting event in NYC Producer=Composer story Drum corps story GMU basketball player story His time at Yale as a legacy Just keep doing work Lance on Tuba and Turntables FB tuba-euph groups Deciphering systems Why his tubas smell like burgers and beer Crediting Michael Parker for the turntable idea Embracing the true meaning of Black Lives Matter Commissioning project featuring black composers writing solo pieces for each of the brass instruments Working with the Association for the Transformation of Musical Academe Yale document on music in inner-city schools LINKS:
    Doc's George Mason page Green Machine site Black Music Matters Lance on Tuba and Turntables NOTE: Weston Sprott also generously shared some resources for everyone hoping to learn more. Thank you, Weston!
    His own articles Advancing Inclusion Finding A New Path Forward Recommended Books (note: we do not receive a % of any Amazon purchases) Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness Catlin, Karen. Better Allies. Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me DeAngelo, Robyn. White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Race Kendi, Ibram. How to be an Antiracist Want to help the show? Here are some ways:
    Unlock bonus episodes galore by becoming a Patreon patron. Help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. Show us some love on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Show some love to our sponsors: The brass program at The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and Parker Mouthpieces (including the Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke models.) Buy Pray for Jens and The Brass Junkies merch at The Brass Junkies online store! Tell your friends! Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.
    Doc's bio:
    Serving as Director of Campus Life Ensembles and Collaborative Arts, and as an Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Michael W. Nickens (a.k.a. Doc Nix) is most recognized as the leader of the “Green Machine”, which in 2015 was named the #1 pep band in college basketball by the NCAA and commended by the Senate and House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, Dr. Nickens launched Mason’s fife and drum corps and WGI world-champion drumline, and oversees Mason’s winterguard. This collection of performing units, known as the “Green Machine Ensembles”, are internationally known for their thrilling, high-energy performances at Mason ceremonies and basketball games, professional sports games and events (Capitals, Nationals, Wizards, and Redskins

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    TBJ138: Julie Landsman on being the first woman in the brass section of The Met, the teaching of Carmine Caruso and JFL

    TBJ138: Julie Landsman on being the first woman in the brass section of The Met, the teaching of Carmine Caruso and JFL

    TBJ138: Julie Landsman on being the first woman in the brass section of The Met, the teaching of Carmine Caruso and JFL. Legendary is a term that gets thrown around a lot. Sometimes, it is deserved. This is one of those times.
    We're playing around with the show notes organization. Let us know your thoughts!
    In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:
    Julie being on our initial “wish list” of guests Working with both Sam and Mark Gould in a quintet Trio with Dave Taylor and Gould Played Principal horn for the Met for 25 years Andrew Balio (née Anil) and the sheep Getting into The Met in 1985 Working with a bunch of dudes First woman in the brass section at The Met Only a few of them welcomed her, most did not Her only defense was to outplay them Leading by example Challenges growing up that helped shape her abilities, drive, and approach Working to be heard and developing her own voice Disaster at the banjo Joe Greco was her band director and led her to the horn Carmine Caruso was brought in to help out her band program which continued to cement her approach and drive Howard Howard from The Met as another major influence Hearing Denis Brain recordings Caruso method, no-nonsense approach Paralysis through analysis The precision timing of movement A platform for your musicality The importance of repetition JFL Warburton Mouthpiece, JFL model is on the way Missing playing with The Met (she left in 2010) Taking a leave of absence when she turned 50 The Rule of 80 The experience of watching students succeed and perform with them Pilkington playing injured  Starting to teach at the University of Houston and Rice when she played with the Houston Symphony Giving and getting with and from teaching Asking for help and giving help when it is needed Deciding at 13 to become Principal at The Met Moving to California to teach at USC Teaching on both coasts for two years before moving to Southern California permanently Take a chance, follow a dream Meeting Jens for the first time LINKS:
    Julie's website Want to help the show? Here are some ways:
    Unlock bonus episodes galore by becoming a Patreon patron. Help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes or Apple Podcasts. Show us some love on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Show some love to our sponsors: The brass program at The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and Parker Mouthpieces (including the Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke models.) Buy Pray for Jens and The Brass Junkies merch at The Brass Junkies online store! Tell your friends! Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.
    Julie's bio:
    Principal horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 25 years, Julie Landsman is a distinguished performing artist and educator. She received a bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School in 1975 under the tutelage of James Chambers and Ranier De Intinis, and has served as a member of the Juilliard faculty since 1989.
    A native of Brooklyn, New York, Landsman achieved her dream of becoming principal of the MET in 1985 and held that position until 2010. She has also shared her talent to many other ensembles within the city as a current member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and having performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic. Additionally, she has performed with numerous groups outside the city, including her co-principal position with the Houston Symphony, substitute principal position with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and recent performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra as Associate principal horn, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, principal horn.
    She has recorded for RCA, Deutsche Gramophone, CRI, Nonesuch and Vanguard labels, and is most famous for her performance of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle as solo horn with the MET Opera under the direction of James Levine. Landsman has performe

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