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DESCRIPTIONSBO March 2010
Report:Best Tools for Schools
Roundtable:Summer Music Camps
Carol Agler and Dan KelleyThe Little Band that Couldof the Ohio State School for the Blind
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Cover photo by Tania Schade, Schade Photography, Dublin, Ohio
4 Perspective6 Headlines
52 New Products
54 Playing Tip 55 Classifi eds56 Ad Index
8 UPFRONT: DISNEY ART FOR MUSIC
12 REPORT: BEST TOOLS FOR SCHOOLSEducators attending the music products industrys 2010 NAMM Show unveil their selections of the best Tools for Schools chosen from the conventions exhibit halls.
18 COMMENTARY: WHAT IS IT?SBO contributor Joe Allison weighs in on the practical concerns ensembles face when programming for competitive events.
24 UPCLOSE: CAROL AGLER & DAN KELLEYCarol Agler and Dan Kelley are the co-directors of the Ohio State School for the Blinds fi ve-year-old Marching Band. In a recent conversation with SBO, these extraordinary educators go behind the scenes of this remarkable program, detailing the events that culminated in their participation in the 2010 Rose Parade.
34 ROUNDTABLE: SUMMER CAMPS
44 PERFORMANCE: CONDUCTINGJ. Steven Moore provides 16 creative conducting tips aimed at eliciting inspired musicianship.
48 TECHNOLOGY: AUDIO CLEANINGDr. Kuzmich reviews new technology designed to enhance and restore audio fi les.
Contents March 2010
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Talent Knows No BarriersL
ike everyone else in society, regardless of my legal status, I am physically handicapped. For instance, regardless of my desire I can never be a professional heavy-weight boxer, a supermodel or a famous tenor... At least not without a some serious hor-mone therapy and a drastic increase in my calorie intake! This quote
is attributed to Dame Evelyn Glennie and her Web site: http://www.evelyn.co.uk/Evelyn_old/live/hear-ing_essay.htm. For those who dont know Glennie, she is perhaps the most successful classical percus-sion soloist in the world, who also happens to be hearing impaired. Instead of hearing by traditional means, she is able to feel the vibrations of her in-strument as well as those of the orchestras she per-forms with, as well as having visual cues from the conductor. In my interpretation, her point is that we all have shortcomings, whether they be physical, mental, emotional, or otherwise, which make us unique and which we all need to overcome. Unfortunately, many people in positions of authority assume and/or
make determinations about individuals who have physi-cal or mental challenges about what they are capable of, and what they are not capable of. However, in the case of Ms. Glennie, most people assume that one of the principal elements necessary for performing music is excellent hear-ing. She has attained what many would have thought was impossible, by redefi ning the paradigms of what is physi-
ologically necessary to perform music. In this issue, SBO provides an interesting look at a unique band program which
took many people by surprise when they saw them marching at this years Tour-nament of Roses Parade. Carol Agler and Dan Kelley of the Ohio State School for the Blind did what many others would have thought to be impossible: to march down the boulevard with a group of talented, dedicated students who happen to be blind. Again, the realms of the possible for this program have been torn down, and replaced with an ensemble with a can do attitude. This positive attitude comes not only from the students, but from their teachers, who had the belief and open mindedness that their students were capable of this tremendous feat, based upon a variety of considerations.
Unfortunately, many students who have challenges never have the opportunity to create or accomplish the things that they are really capable of, due to stereo-types and other misperceptions of ability. If people had told the students in the Ohio School for the Blind that they were not capable of having a marching band, that sentiment might have deterred the students. If Ms. Glennies teachers had told her that she was incapable due to her hearing challenges, then the world would not have access to the stunning, virtuoso performances and repertoire that she has created. Youll fi nd one of the most dramatic stories in this issue that SBOhas ever produced and we welcome your comments, so please drop us an e-mail!
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HeadLinesMidwest Clinic Accepting Applications
The Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Con-ference is now accepting performance applications and clinic proposals for its 64th Annual Conference (December 14-18, McCormick Place West, Chicago, Illinois). The Board of Directors welcomes performance applications from school, university, and com-muni