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  • OCTOBER 2009$5.00

    Report:Music Community

    Success StorySurvey:

    Print Music

    Piping Up InNormal, Illinois

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  • SB&O School Band and Orchestra (ISSN 1098-3694) 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 offi ces. POSTMASTER/SUBSCRIBERS: Send address change to School Band and Orchestra, P.O. Box 8548, Lowell, 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 2009 by Symphony Publish-ing, LLC, all rights reserved. Printed in USA.

    Cover photo by Daniel Keefe, Bloomington, Ill.

    4 Perspective 6 Headlines 45 New Products

    46 Playing Tip 47 Classifi eds 48 Ad Index



    12 UPFRONT Q&A: SUSAN WEBERNYSSMA president Susan Weber gives some assurance that all is well with school music programs across the state of New York.

    18 HEALTH: LIP CAREDan Gosling, professional trumpeter and founder of Chop Sav-ers lip balm, presents tips on caring for lips.

    22 UPCLOSE: LISA PRESTONLisa Preston, band director of Normal Community West High School, in Normal Ill., chats with SBO about her blossoming music program.

    34 REPORT: MUSIC COMMUNITY SUCCESS STORYWith a new performing arts center in the works, this profi le of Richmond, Kentucky shows a thriving music community that is providing fantastic opportunities for music students.

    38 SURVEY: PRINT MUSICSBO readers share their thoughts on fi nding and buying reper-toire.

    42 TECHNOLOGY: ADMIN APPLICATIONSJohn Kuzmich highlights applications that can assist with the mundane, non-musical tasks every music teacher must contend with.

    Contents October 2009




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  • Perspective

    October 2009Volume 12, Number 10


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    An Inside Look

    The fl ute has always been a favorite choice among young students just starting out in music. Its ethereal and beautiful quality of sound, its compact size, the glint of its silver, and its ease of transport make it one of the most often chosen instruments. This months SBO UpClose focus on Lisa Preston provides insight into a teacher who has capitalized on her admiration for the fl ute and how she has

    incorporated it into her thriving music program at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois.

    The fl ute choir offers fl autists (or fl ute players, as a famous musician once noted, Im not a fl autist, because I dont play the fl aute!) a great opportu-nity to be heard without being overpowered by the brass, percussion, and other woodwinds. Preston also takes advantage of the portability of the fl ute to bring her fl ute ensemble to a local cancer center and other hospitals where people can benefi t from the dulcet tones of her group. Not only does she offer a fl ute choir and a clarinet choir, but her program has

    all students involved in numerous other small ensembles as she believes that everyone should have some sort of chamber experience.

    Stepping onto the brass side of this edition of SBO, trumpeter Dan Gosling makes an important case for help-ing one maintain their brass chops while minimizing the chance for damage. He takes an in-depth look at the me-chanics of the lips and embouchure, and how, just like an athlete, you need to listen to your muscles. Todays athletes alternate their workouts in a pattern of stress followed by recovery. If we dont include recovery, our bodies will force us to rest by breaking down. This es-pecially means learning to know when a musician should

    give their lips the rest that is needed so they dont become overstressed and cause greater, or sometimes permanent damage.

    This months edition of SBO also provides an insightful look into the synergis-tic relationship between a public school systems music program, a state college, and the local arts community, and how these can work effectively to build a stron-ger music and arts education program. This story, A Profi le of an Arts-Supporting Community: Richmond, Kentucky, shows an extraordinary effort between local government, high school administrators, and how they have interacted to help produce a vibrant educational, professional, and collegiate music community. I believe that youll fi nd these intriguing articles a wonderful source of exciting ideas, so read on!


    The fl ute choir offers fl autists a great opportunity

    to be heard without being overpowered

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    BU School of Music Appoints New Director

    Robert K. Dodson will serve as the new director of the School of Music in the Boston University College of Fine Arts. Dodson comes to Bos-ton University from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he was director of the Division of Music in the Meadows School of the Arts.

    As director of the BU School of Music, Dodson will oversee a resident un-dergraduate and graduate student body of 500, online graduate programs in music education, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, a summer program for high school musicians.

    To learn more, visit

    U.S. Marine Band Prepares for Concert Tour

    The U.S. Marine Band began two weeks of rehearsals dedicated to pre-paring for its National Concert Tour in October. The bands fi rst con-cert was slated for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 at Everett Civic Audito-rium in Everett, Wash., and will perform 29 concerts in 31 days throughout Washington state, Oregon, California, Arizona, and southern Nevada. The tour will conclude at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2 at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

    Tour concerts will include music by John Philip Sousa, John Williams, Ser-gei Prokofi ev, Gustav Holst, Hector Berlioz, Aaron Copland, Frank Ticheli, Paul Hindemith, and Dmitri Shostakovich. The concerts are free, but tickets are required.

    For concert and ticket information, visit

    Jazz Documentary Drums Up Support for High School Music Programs

    Virgil Films & Entertainment has announced the release of the docu-mentary fi lm, CHOPS, directed by Bruce Broder, which follows T.J., Owen and other high school jazz students from around the country as they prepare for and perform in Jazz at Lincoln Centers Essentially El-lington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. In partnership with B-Side Entertainment and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the fi lm is being offered nationwide as a resource to bring awareness to the importance of arts edu-cation, as a fundraising tool for school arts and music programs, and as an educational platform for t