““Then let us all do what is right, strive with all our might toward the unattainable, develop as fully as we can the gifts God has given us, and never stop learning.””
- Arrowbear Music Camp : Because band geeks need camp, too!
- Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach : Long Beach State has one of the most respected Music Schools in southern California. Check it out!
- Bravura Youth Orchestra
- Buffet clarinets : "The legendary choice of professionals" since 1825!
- Ever wondered what a 300 year old clarinet sounds like? : Here's Lesley Schatzberger performing an excerpt from a piece by Xavier Lefevre on a 1770 Thomas Collier clarinet.
- Free online sheet music! : Some good free music here, not to mention several musician jokes ...
- Great reeds & mouthpieces! : Vandoren makes great reeds & mouthpieces. Depending on the instrument and style of music, I play on the Traditional, Java, V12, and V16 reeds. I also play on B45 and M30 clarinet mouthpieces.
- How clarinets are made : Ever wonder how clarinets are made? Here's a video taken at the Schreiber factory. They're best known for their bassoons but also make excellent clarinets.
- I like Jupiter band instruments! : I especially like Jupiter's "Carnegie" line of beginning and intermediate instruments. If you're looking for a new instrument, I highly recommend seeing what Jupiter has to offer!
- I love Cannonball saxes! : Check out the Big Bell Stone series -- these horns are gorgeous!
- IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library : Great source for free music that is out of copyright!
- LA Clarinet Choir : The LA Clarinet Choir is one of the premier clarinet ensembles in the country and they're right in our back yard!
- Legere Reeds : In my opinion, Legere makes the best plastic reed on the market, especially their new Signature model. Because they don't need to be soaked, they're ideal for marching musicians and doublers.
- Marching Band Open Series
- More free online music ...
- Selmer Paris -- my favorite saxes & jazz clarinets! : Selmer Paris saxes have been THE sax for years, including the "holy grail" of saxophones, the Mark VI! Selmer Paris clarinets have also long been the first choice of many jazz clarinetists. They also make the legendary S-80 C* ("C Star") mouthpiece, the mouthpiece most other manufacturers compare themselves to. I play the C* on alto & tenor saxes and bass clarinet.
- Smart Music : This is a great tool for musicians of all ages! It's especially powerful when combined with a microphone so it can "hear" and evaluate your playing. Smart Music motivates musicians to practice correctly. If your student is using the "Essential Elements 2000" method there is a free version included on the yellow CD. Check it out!
- Some of the most innovative instruments made today come from Yamaha
- Temecula Valley Symphony : "The musical voice of the Inland Empire" -- our local community orchestra.
- Temecula Valley Youth Symphony
- The infamous carrot clarinet!
- The International Clarinet Association : Here's a link to the International Clarinet Association.
- The Nuvo Clarineo : This is a great clarinet-like instrument for kids who are too young and/or small to play clarinet
- The Second Hand Brass Band : Here's one of the band's I play in.
- The Valley Winds : Here's another band I play in.
- US Marine Corps Band ("The President's Own") : Here's a link to my favorite band, considered by many to be the best band in the world. Don't miss an opportunity to see them in concert if you get the chance!
- Western Band Association
- What does SCSBOA stand for? : Southern CA School Band & Orchestra Association
- Why music matters! : Dr. Jack Stamp is Professor of Music, Chairperson of the Music Department and Director of Band Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in graduate conducting. He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and composer throughout North America and Great Britain. Listen to what he has to say about music education.