January 7 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
January 14 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
January 28 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
February 4 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
February 11 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
February 25 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
March 4 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
March 18 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
March 25 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
April 1 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
April 8 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
April 15 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
April 22 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
April 28 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
May 6 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
May 20 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
May 27 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
June 3 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
June 10 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
June 17 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
June 24 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
July 1 – 7-9 PM Rehearsal
Sedona Concert - Sunday, May 5 at 3 PM at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Sedona - Attire: White on top, black on bottom - See Directions page for directions.
Cottonwood Concert - Sunday, May12 at 3 PM at the Cottonwood Recreation Center - Attire: White on top, black on bottom - See Directions page for directions.
June 15 – 11 AM –
Flag Day program at Clarkdale Elks Club
A quote from Carolyn Sherrill, Meridian Community Band, Okemos, MI:
Don't come to rehearsal to learn your own part. Come to rehearsal to learn everyone else's part.
New and current members, please read the Guidelines for Successful Participation in the Cottonwood Community Band by clicking here.
Musicians under 18 must apply to play in the Cottonwood Community Band. If you have applied and met the terms of the application, you do not need to apply again. You may sit in for two rehearsals without completing the application, but the application must be received and approved by the third rehearsal you attend. In some instances a brief audition may be required. You can download the application by clicking here.
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The Community Music E-mail List - You can join this email newsgroup to read about and participate in discussions of interest to community bands
Warm up Exercises - Effective warm-up exercises are designed to develop a focused, centered sound. These exercises that have fun accompaniment tracks are designed for brass instrumentalists, but can be used by woodwinds as well by reading them as they are or up an octave. Flutes and oboes can play C trumpet, clarinets can play Bb trumpet, alto and baritone saxophone can play Eb trumpet, tenor sax and bass clarinet can play Bb trumpet, and bassoons can play trombone.
Playing Clarinet - International award-winning clarinetist, Kathy Williams, has several useful chapters on playing clarinet that include videos at her website.
TutorialsThe following tutorials are posted here to provide information that can help you improve your individual performance in the Cottonwood Community Band. We hope that you find them useful.
Breathing Gym exercises - This video illustrates some of the exercises we are doing during band rehearsal. Practice these at home and notice the improvement.
Sy Brandon's Music Practice Guide - This free guide is designed for all musicians and teachers as a compendium of ideas that have gleaned from my teachers, by attending workshops and master classes, by talking to colleagues, and finally, through sheer necessity of needing to help a student or myself solve a problem. This guide is divided into four main sections; preparations, focusing practice, reinforcing learning, and making practice enjoyable. The appendix contains sample practice sessions that incorporate the ideas of the main sections and are grouped according to the development level of the musician.
Working with a tuner - working with a tuner can help you discover your intonation tendencies and help you develop your ear. The following video suggests how to practice with a tuner and while the demonstration uses the tuner function of software called SmartMusic, the principles can be applied to use with any tuner. The steps are as follows:
1. Play a scale while looking at the tuner - adjust to get the note in tune.After you are successful playing your scale in tune, try doing the same steps in other octaves and at different dynamic levels as things can change when you get towards the extremes of register and dynamics. Musicians still need to play in tune at these extremes.
2. Play the scale while listening to a reference note - Most tuners have a sound option where you can have a note like Bb sound. Using your knowledge gained from step 1, see if you can hear when you are in tune with the sounding reference note.
3. Play each note of the scale while looking away from the tuner and then look at the tuner after each note to see if you are in tune.
4. This step in the video is for evaluation only. It is not necessary for you to do.
Developing your breathing - This video shows exercises taught by Arnold Jacobs, who was principal tuba player with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the world's foremost authority of breathing. Try these exercises and you will feel more in control of your instrument.