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Occasionally, I have to remind folks what I do, I'm a @WestPointBand clarinetist and play free concerts and ceremonies in the New York Hudson Valley Region on a regular basis.
West Point is only an hour North of New York City, so we also play media events and athletic events (Yankees, Jets, Giants) in the city. We've also played Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to name a few concert spots.
This Sunday 15 MAY at 3 p.m. in the Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point, you are invited to our Armed Forces Day Concert. We are performing the major musical works associated with each U.S. service: Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army.
Since this is Graduation Week at West Point, we are also featuring traditional graduation music with the addition of music composed for the West Point Bicentennial in 2002.
In 2017, the West Point Band will have its very own official Bicentennial celebration.
The following link takes you to the West Point Band performance page and you can download free tickets for the concert Sunday. Hope to see you at our events.
Hello, I've been playing clarinet for roughly a year and have been struggling with breathing issues throughout but I feel as if it has gotten worse within
Are you wondering why, on a clarinet website, I'm posting West Point Band jobs for Oboe/English Horn and Ceremonial Piccolo? Well, I'm hoping you either pass this information onto your fellow oboists and piccolo players and I'm also hoping to find top notch doublers.
Concert Band Oboe/English Horn If you are a clarinetist that happens to play plenty of double reed music on shows, musicals, or other gigs, please submit your information at the below link. See deadline of 14 JUN 2013.
The Hellcats Ceremonial Piccolo If you are a clarinetist that plays a good deal of flute and/or piccolo or maybe you are a world class fifer, please see the below link. See deadline of 1 JUL 2013 (note there are three positions here).
Advice for clarinetists, jobs for clarinet only are becoming rarer. You must at least know how to play other clarinets, like Eb soprano and/or bass. Having chops on saxophone and flute are next on the list. And, if you also fiddle with double-reeds and piccolo, again, you are more marketable (especially for this audition).
If you have questions, contact information is on each PDF link. You can also visit the Contact link on this site to ask questions. Best. Chris
I sometimes get an excruciating loud high pitched whistle when playing a fast rising figure when I have to go from A(second space) to D(fourth line). It
I have been playing the clarinet for few years, but when practicing seriously for long periods of time and pressing on the lower teeth doing the embouchure,
The best Clarinet Quartet Sheet Music to start with while building your collection.
How to organize a clarinet quartet to include the best sheet music for the group.
Today 28 FEB 2013, I served as Drum Major of the West Point Band honoring General (Retired) H. Norman Schwarzkopf here at the West Point Cemetery. The links below take you to a Short Video, Still Photos, and a Synopsis of the Music played at the ceremony and how it relates to General Schwarzkopf and U.S. Military Academy graduates.
A short video on the Ceremony:
Synopsis of Music:
If so, do you know who inspired Brahms' to compose those pieces? Richard Mühlfeld did. Do you know what is mug looks like? Check it out below...
Read through lists of Famous Clarinet Players to include Solo, Orchestral, Jazz, Grammy, Klezmer, World, and Orchestral Principals.
Okay my friends, I’ve been digging into to what I call, “Epic Battlefield Music.” Music that people listen to before (or while they) do something epic. For most people, that is exercising, like running, or working out at the gym. You put your headphones on, listen to this music, and it loses you in the moment and psychologically makes the time go faster (and you run faster).
Another version, though, is in the movies and video games: Think of “Braveheart”, “Gladiator”, and “Lord of the Rings.” I’m not a gamer, so I’ve heard music this is on video games that sounds epic. I will not cite my interests now.
Being in the Army, I see troops marching in a forward direction in formation, and as a bandsman, they march to great American marches. These were at once, popular songs. Now, I’m interested in figuring out this “Epic Battlefield Music” to make those lean forward in formation.
So, why is this on the Clarinet-Now.com blog? I want to ask, do you like this stuff? What do you like about it and why? Would you play it if it were a clarinet quartet? I know I would.
Check out this compilation of Epic Tunes:
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Why practice clarinet scales? Musicality or scale strategy? Getting FREE POINTS on your All-State Audition with scales. Scale links and the Major Scale Plan.
Hi Mr Jones, I really do not know where to start this. First let me thank you for having a site like this, it is really great for you to take
I played the piano as a kid, and a gazillion years later, I am learning to play the clarinet. Your tips are brilliant. I have just hired a young teacher
The West Point Band's Holiday special that we shot last year will re-air this week on Fox News!
It is currently scheduled to air:
Monday Night Dec 24th:
10pm Eastern (7pm Pacific)
1am Eastern (10pm Pacific)
4am Eastern (1am Pacific)
Tuesday Dec 25th:
1pm Eastern (10am Pacific)
2012 is the 50th anniversary of the "Duty, Honor, Country" speechGeneral-of-the-Army Douglas MacArthur gave to the United States Corps ofCadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York. The video,"History's Salute to The Army Navy Game" was a collaboration of the Historychannel with the U.S. Military Academy Band and the Cadet Glee Club andperformed for the first time at the Army/Navy Game on 8 December 2012 atLincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The U.S. NavalAcademy Band also performed side-by-side with the U.S. Military Academy Bandduring the halftime show.
"Duty, Honor, Country" - This video integrates iconic military, historicaland current images mixed with General MacArthur's voice-over and anon-camera presence from current U.S. Military Academy Cadets and U.S. NavalAcademy Midshipmen. The powerful, grand, and inspiring music score wascomposed by the U.S. Military Academy Band's arranger Sgt. Major DouglasRichard and recorded by the U.S. Military Academy Band.
"Anchors Aweigh", "The Marines Hymn", and "The Army Song" - The videofocuses on each service as the official song is performed by the West PointCadet Glee Club and the U.S. Military Academy Band.
The U.S. Military Academy Band is grateful to History and to all of thosewho cooperated to make this production work. Thank you!
Yes, I know you live in a land far, far away from West Point, New York, so you can’t take advantage of these free West Point Band Holiday Concert Tickets: FREE TICKETS
But, you can download the West Point Band Holiday Music via this link:15 tracks for your listening pleasure. ENJOY!!!
At the Army vs. Navy football game last week, the Cadet Glee Club, West Point Band, and U.S. Naval Academy Band performed together during halftime. We performed the "2012 Army/Navy Fanfare", "Columbia Gem of the Ocean", "Duty, Honor, Country", and "Anchors Aweigh", "The Marines Hymn", and "The Army Song." In celebration of the 50th anniversary of General Douglas MacArthur giving his "Duty, Honor, Country" speech to the U.S. Corps of Cadets at West Point, the History Channel put together a wonderful video to accompany our halftime show. Hopefully, I'll get to add a link to that video soon. You can see still photos at the following link:
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This Richshaw Laptop bag is sure to keep your laptop warm and cozy with smooth clarinet tones.
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If there is a Teapot, there must be Mugs
Playing high and fast on clarinet leads to higher faster skate boarding. Just make sure you don’t break your arm, you need to practice clarinet?
I think Squidward might be the best clarinet player anywhere. I've never heard of anyone else being able to play underwater!!! FROM CLARINET-NOW.COM
This blog post should be titled:
Anat Cohen "Claroscuro" CD Review by Chicago Tribune
From 2008 to 2012, Anat Cohen has been honored by the Jazz Journalists Association as Jazz Clarinetist of the Year. This article reviewed her latest CD "Claroscuro". So, if you are a clarinetist, you should own a recording of Anat now or soon! Ask for it for Christmas. You can find the CD(or MP3) here on Amazon: Claroscuro
Now, about this article, the author Mr. Howard Reich writes about the variety of music on the CD and gives background on the title and players on the CD. He also writes:
"All of this work could serve to heighten the profile of an instrument long marginalized in jazz. For although the clarinet enjoyed immense popularity during the Swing Era, thanks largely to the work of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw – both of whom transcended the world of jazz to become pop stars – it has struggled to be heard in our noisier musical world."
Also, Mr. Reich quotes Anat, "Clarinet is not part of (today's) sound. You don't hear in recordings on any modern sound. You don't hear it in any R&B band. It's really not there."
Anat is bringing the sound of clarinet to many who have no idea what the instrument can offer.
This is our charge. Somehow, we clarinetists have to bring clarinet to this 'noisier musical world.' We need to make it part 'of today’s sound.' We need to hear clarinet in recordings known for modern sounds.
One way to start, listen to Anat. Pick-up on the Brazilian Choro scene. Let's get working on this. Let's get practicing!!! Go get your Clarinet Now, and practice!
Don't forget to check out this CD: Claroscuro
Thanks for listening to me rant. Chris
See full Chicago Tribune article on the permalink below.
When I was younger, I used to think Squidward is so bad and thought the jokes referencing his playing were funny. But when I started playing clarinet,
Benjamin Zander explains the Transformative Power of Classical Music. This is an awesome TED production lecture. If you have a heart for classical music, it is a must see...
Happy Halloween!!! The Skull and Clarinets t-shirt and many other items have returned. Now, go play "The Nightmare Before Christmas" or something on clarinet.
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Hi, Your site has really helped me and encourages me to continue to play and practice (and change reeds, haha). I am a newbie to music period. I took
Hi There! I have college auditions coming up soon and I don't even know where to begin! I have yet to purchase any music. Can you recommend anything for
Hi my name is Brianna and I've been playing the clarinet for a while now. So I know my way around a clarinet pretty well. Anyway my conductor is running
I recently decided to join a local community band to utilize my clarinet skills that I learned many years ago. Following the very first practice session,
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On 9/11/2012, the United States Military Academy Band presented an hour-long program titled "On This Day: Celebrating the Resilience of America" featuring patriotic music written by New York City composers. The band performed at Trinity Church in lower Manhattan steps away from the World Trade Center site. The concert was streamed over the internet and is available to watch here:
Clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld played for Johannes Brahms at a time when Mr. Brahms decided to stop composing completely. So inspired by Mühlfeld's artistry and sound, the master decided to compose the Trio, Op 114; Quintet, Op 115; and Sonatas, Op 120 all for clarinet. These works are among the greatest ever written for clarinet. Now, who will you inspire?
At the link below, see hats, aprons, mugs, greeting cards, mousepads, bags, buttons, ipad cases, notebooks, and binders with Mühlfeld and Brahms.
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Discover the best Beginning Clarinet Books to suppliment your band methods. These books are also good for self-study or private clarinet lessons.
In case you are attending the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest 2012 at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, August 1-5, 2012, MAKE SURE YOU SEE THESE TWO EVENTS:
1) Saturday, August 4th – 9 a.m. Lecture Series 4 – >b>“Kalmen Opperman: A Legacy of Excellence” presented by Denise Gainey in Westbrook Recital Hall #199.
2) Saturday, August 4th - 11 a.m. Students of Kalmen Opperman: Adam Ebert and Eric Ginsberg in Kimball Recital Hall.
Hi, I'm really enjoying your site. I am studying the saxophone and am enjoying doubling on the clarinet. I'm not exactly clear on exactly where to place
I have played the clarinet for many years in amateur wind orchestras in Norway. My embouchure was quite wrong at the beginning, but I was reasonably clever
Alright folks, we all know you need to have a way to tell which clarinet is yours when you grab it off the band shelf after school to take it home to practice. Now, customize your very own Clarinet Case Tag on both the front and back, and strap it to your case. Have fun!
Honestly Squidward gives us a bad name. The clarinet is not supposed to sound like something dying a painful death, it is supposed to sound like dark,
Hi, What do you recommend in terms of oiling the bore of my R13? I've played high-quality baroque recorders for years, and they require regular (bi-annual)
Hear Hungarian clarinetist Istvan Kohan playing the Bach Sonata for solo violin in g minor, Presto here:
Hi Chris, I bought myself a cheap clarinet while I was travelling in Argentina (it’s a Benson) and now I'm living in a very small town in Argentina and
Hi, I'm in 8th grade and I have to audition for band as a freshman. What are the clarinet fundamentals and major scales that you think the band director
How do you know when to throw out a reed? I have some reeds that seem to squeak more than they used to (could just be me). I play on a #3 vandoren reed
After taking a break for the clarinet for two years I am back. My embouchure is giving me problems as it always have. Great tone and pitch for the lower
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The West Point Band will perform on the Today Show this coming Wednesday, 28 MAR sometime between 0630-0900 am, Eastern Standard Time. The band will play patriotic selections. TV is never easy to predict, it could last 10 seconds or 3 minutes or perform the ins and out of several commercial breaks. To learn more about the West Point Band, visit www.WestPointBand.com.
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Keep on practicing and watch the West Point Band on the Today Show this Wednesday. Thanks.