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  • NOVEMBER 2011$5.00

    Report: The Southwest Marching Band

    Guest Editorial: USSBA Adjudication

    Performance Percussion

    On the BEATPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter HortonPeter Horton

    with Trumbull High Schools

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  • SB&O School Band and Orchestra (ISSN 1098-3694) Volume 14, Number 11, is published monthly by Symphony Publishing, LLC, 21 Highland Circle, Suite 1, Needham, MA 02494 (781) 453-9310, publisher of Musical Merchandise Review, Choral Director, Music Parents America and JAZZed. All titles are federally registered trademarks and/or trademarks of Symphony Publishing, LLC. Subscription Rates: one year $24; two years $40. Rates outside U.S.A. available upon request. Single issues $5 each. February Resource Guide $15. Periodical-Rate Postage Paid at Boston, MA and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER/SUBSCRIBERS: Send address change to School Band and Orchestra, P.O. Box 8548, Low-ell, MA 01853. No portion of this issue may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. The publishers of this magazine do not accept responsibility for statements made by their advertisers in business competition. Copyright 2011 by Symphony Publishing, LLC, all rights reserved. Printed in USA.

    Cover photo by Gale Zucker, Branford, Conn.,

    4 Perspective 6 Headlines 52 New Products

    53 Playing Tip 54 Classifieds 56 Ad Index



    Contents November 201132



    10 REPORT: THE SOUTHWEST MARCHING BANDSBO investigates the small schools in Southwestern North Dako-ta who are joining forces once a year to create a giant marching band and provide new musical opportunities for rural students.

    14 GUEST EDITORIAL: ADJUDICATIONThe USSBAs George Hopkins discusses the philosophy behind the recent changes in his organizations adjudication policy.

    22 UPCLOSE: PETER HORTONSBO chats with Peter Horton, band director at Trumbull (Conn.) High School, who has applied the lessons he learned in drum corps in building a well rounded, powerhouse music program.

    32 PERFORMANCE: PERCUSSIONJeff Crowell of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire presents some fundamental percussion lessons that work.

    38 REPAIR: PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTSYamahas Troy Wallwage provides pointers on caring for and maintaining marching and orchestral percussion instruments.

    42 TECHNOLOGY: DIGITAL TUNERSJohn Kuzmich explores into the evolving world of digital tuners.


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  • Perspective

    November 2011Volume 14, Number 11


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    Glee Gives Back

    Anew series on Fox is blissfully unoriginal in a witty, imagina-tive way. Thats what The New York Times said about the launch of the subsequently highly suc-cessful show Glee back when it debuted in early 2009. Whether

    you like the show or not, its difficult not to feel some affinity for it as 20th Century Fox, the shows producer, has now partnered with NAfME to de-velop the GLEE Give-a-Note campaign to donate $1 million in amounts of $10,000 to $50,000 to 73 schools across the country. The money is being gen-erated by a portion of revenues from the sales of DVD and Blu-ray disks of the show going towards the Give a Note charity.

    It appears that television shows and movies about musical performance have taken their content seriously enough, in recent times, to take the next step in mov-ing off-screen to support the cause of music education and the list of contribu-

    tors keeps getting more impressive each year. Weve seen the launch of the VH1 Save the Music foundation, Mr. Hollands Opus foundation, and now, one of the coun-trys hottest television shows, Glee. Although the content of this show is reviled by some educators for its nega-tive stereotypes of both students and teachers, as well as other negative or unrealistic content and attributes, that it is supporting real music in real schools is a particularly redeeming feature of the program. There are dozens of other charities that were founded by music related organi-

    zations, such as the Fender Music Foundation, The Smart Foundation, Tipitinas,,, Guitar Center Music Foundation, and too many others to list them all in this space. It would seem that if there is so much support there would be plenty of external funding for school music pro-grams, but its really a tiny proportion of the needs for a country as large as the United States.

    According to an AP article on October 24, 2011, In California, a survey found that nearly half of all districts last year cut or reduced art, drama and music programs, and that approximately 284,000 jobs in education have disappeared since 2008. Even though our latest economic indicators show some growth in GDP, the level of increase is still small and cannot offset the reduction in tax rev-enues from the real estate crisis. Even in a best-case scenario that assumes strong economic growth next year, it wont be until 2013 or later when districts see budget levels return to pre-recession levels, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, Daniel Domenech of Arlington, Virginia says in the article.

    For now, the donations from the charities will go a long way to help struggling school music programs, but it is essential that we continue to push our legislators to maintain as much funding for the arts as possible.


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  • MYASBO12GS2011-6039 Disney

    From Marching and Concert Bands to Orchestras and Jazz Bands, instrumental groups who take part in a Disney Performing Arts program whether thats in a performance or in a workshop or festival share a common bond. And now, Disney Performing Arts is celebrating this bond and commemorating

    this once-in-a-lifetime experience with an exclusive badge of honor. So, if you think your instrumental group has Ears for the Arts, then there is no better time to plan your next Disney Performing Arts trip. For more information, contact your travel

    planner or call toll-free 1-866-715-4095.

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    HeadLinesNAMM Invites Educators to 2012 Music Education Days

    T he NAMM Foundation recently invited music educators and school ad-ministrators from across the United States to come to Anaheim, Calif. to experience NAMMs fifth annual Music Education Days, being held on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 through Jan. 22 at the 2012 NAMM Show.

    Music educators and school administrators will have access to NAMMs premier trade-only music products trade show, where they will be en-couraged to see and try the

    many instruments and products relevant and useful to todays music classrooms. Highlights of Music Education Days include a breakfast receptions including a performance by National Show Choir Champions Brea Olinda High School, a choir clinic, a brass ensemble clinic, a live interview with composer Sammy Nes-tico, and much more.

    For more info, visit

    Garwood Whaley to Receive Industry Award at the Midwest Clinic

    T he Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Or-chestra Conference recently announced conductor Garwood Whaley as the 2011 recipient of their annual Music Industrty Award. The Music Industry Award was introduced in 1962 to honor conductors, educators, compos-ers, and others