Texas Bandmasters Association Clinic

Developing a Common Language for Ensemble Instruction
Friday, July 26 at 5:00 PM in CC217ABC | 2019 Texas Bandmasters Association Convention

For a full copy of all slides in the presentation (pdf format), click HERE.

For a copy of the handout, click HERE.

Beginning the Dialogue


∆    Building mature and characteristic sounds

Ensemble Skills Packet - Flute | Oboe | English Horn | Bassoon | Clarinet | Bass Clarinet | Alto Sax | Tenor Sax | Bari Sax

Trumpet | Horn | Trombone | Bass Trombone | Euphonium | Tuba

∆    Ensuring that pitches are consistently centered and focused

Malcolm Arnold's Sarabande and Polka - Mvt II - tutti band phrase - SCORE

∆    Fostering a student’s understanding of correct balance and blend

Chang Su Koh's Arirang and Akatonbo - SCORE

Sousa's Fairest of the Fair - SCORE

Holsinger's On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss - SCORE

∆    Teaching an awareness of tuning within and between sections


Sousa's Fairest of the Fair - SCORE

∆    An effective performance of dynamic contrast (consistent, obvious, and measurable)

Holsinger's On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss - SCORE


∆    Demonstrating consistent manual dexterity and flexibility with precision


Sousa's Fairest of the Fair - SCORE

Shostakovich's Festive Overture - SCORE

∆    Approaching rhythm with uniformity throughout the ensemble

∆    Performing articulation which is appropriate and consistent

Sousa's Fairest of the Fair - SCORE


∆    Playing with proper musical style throughout the program

∆    Encouraging sensitivity to phrasing, shaping, and musical line


Biebl's Ave Maria - SCORE

∆    Inspiring dynamic variation and musical nuance


Sousa's Fairest of the Fair - SCORE

∆    Consistently conveying artistic, energetic, and emotional understanding to the audience

Sousa's Fairest of the Fair - SCORE

Demonstration Ensemble: The Coppell Middle School West Honor Winds and the Coppell High School Wind Symphony

To view a repertoire list for the Coppell HS Wind Symphony, click HERE.

Gerry Miller, Coppell HS - gmiller@coppellisd.com

Adrian Caswell, Coppell HS - acaswell@coppellisd.com

Rusty Gray, Coppell Middle School East - rgray@coppellisd.com 

Jeremy Lindquist, Coppell Middle School North - jlindquist@coppellisd.com

Greg McCutcheon, Coppell Middle School West - gmccutcheon@coppellisd.com

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