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  1. Eb Alto
    Hi, so I have been playing first alto for my school's jazz band for 2 years. I am a freshman in high school, and this summer I will turn 16 and get a job, so I thought that would be a good time to maybe trade in the alto I have been using and buy a better one. Right now, I have a Vito alto with...
  2. General Discussion
    Hello, I am in 7th grade and at the end of April I will be trying out for jazz band with the song 'The Groove Merchant' by Rich Sigler (link to songhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4iV9dEG9q8) And I need help on what I should do to impress the judges/ improve my playing. Like my username...
  3. Baritone mpc
    I'm in my high school band and am looking for a good decent priced MPC that, number one, is resilient and won't break for getting beat around a little. My main priority is classical and modern sit down band pieces but I would like the ability to let it rip in jazz. I know this is a bit specific...
  4. High School and College
    ...by a middle school jazz band? Oh I think yes!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzmMN6c7jg8 Here are the other recordings of my middle school jazz band from a jazz festival this past Friday. Opener is "Summertime," 2nd tune is "All of Me," and the closer is "Whiplash." Summertime...
  5. Announcements and Bulletin Board
    The Colorado Jazz Workshop (cojazzworkshop.com) has immediate openings for musicians seeking an opportunity to play small combo and/or big band jazz. We are specifically looking to fill traditional big band instrumentation: Saxophones, Trombones, Trumpets, Keyboards, Bass, Drum Set and Guitar...
  6. Practicing
    I have looked for an explanation of this - that I understand, all of over the internet but I seem to come up short every time. In my jazz band, I play lead alto , and get parts that call for an improv solo. I usually do pretty well using Blues scales, but I want to know what I'm actually doing...
  7. General Discussion
    I'm a 9th Grader in my High School Jazz Band. My teacher recently gave us our new song, "The Michael Brecker Waltz" and he gave me the Tenor Sax solo part. I don't have any trouble with the written parts, just the improvisation part. I have previous experience improvising with (especially...
  8. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    I got in to jazz band at my school this coming year, as a freshman, and I was curious about any information about bari mouthpieces and reeds to use for jazz. I don't know if jazz mouthpieces and reeds are even necessary for jazz band, but I'd still appreciate some information. For the...
  9. High School and College
    I have recently been listening to a few different college wind ensembles and jazz bands and was wondering which schools had the best ensembles. I have heard some pretty good places such as Univ. of Michigan, and Northwestern. I have heard some great things about Indiana University's wind...
  10. New Product & Dealer Announcements
    Hi, SOTW friends! Earlier today I went live with my completely rebuilt website. It is now MUCH easier to share my music with downloadable recordings and scores. http://www.hirschmusic.com Take a peek and let me know what you think. Thanks a bunch!! ~ Rick
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