JOHN WHITWELL CLINIC

January 20, 2005
McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Balance
    • Moving Parts – come out more
    • It’s a musical conversation – we know when it’s time to add what we need to add
  • Musicianship
    • All music has direction
    • Fast notes typically go to something
    • Play like Colorado, not like Kansas
    • Phrases should either go to something or from something
  • Other
    • Articulation should not detract from tone
    • Style should never be sacrificed for dynamics
    • Tone should never be sacrificed for style or dynamics
    • “Scream quietly” when playing soft for more support