DCI Semi-Finals Comes To A Theater Near You Aug. 7th

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If you are like me you still remember the old days when PBS or ESPN broadcast the Drum Corps International Finals.  The days of free broadcasts are LONG gone, but these days you can experience the music and the pagentry in a way fairly close to actually sitting in the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium without having to travel or pay through the nose for a ticket.  On August 7th, 2014, in dozens of movie theaters across the country you can pay around $17 for a comfy, air conditioned seat and get to see the show close up from the dozens of cameras that they have pointed at the field.  That, by the way, is an incredible feat in and of itself so if you don't know just how intense of an event this is to setup and choreograph from a technical perspective take a look at this behind the scenes audio/video clip from one of the previous years.

Even though being at a live performance is incredible I have to admit that I like the theater show a lot better than sitting in the stands on a hard bench and in the heat.  Much more comfortable and yet I still get the energy of the crowd sitting around me.  Last year my theater nearly sold out so if you are worried go over to Fathom Events and buy an advance ticket.  If you have ever gone to one of these live theater broadcasts please feel free to leave a comment and let us all know what you thought of it! 

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See Who REALLY Directs The DCI Finals

2011 Cavaliers via DCI

Anyone that has the chance to go to the theater to watch the annual DCI live broadcast of the semi-finals knows that the production quality of the video is just as impressive as the corps performances themselves. At any given time when a corps is on the field there are dozens of broadcast crew members running around, manning the cameras, and literally calling the shots of the show that you see. Yet we never get to see them or appreciate just how much work they do to make the show look and sound almost as good as it would be to be sitting in Lucas Oil Stadium watching it live.  Video included below so read on to see it!

 

On Improving Flute Tone

Flute player with music

A very common problem for many beginning flutists is the issue of being able to get a good, solid tone on the head joint but then losing that tone when playing on the fully assembled flute. The frustration that accompanies this problem often makes the already challenging task of learning the initial fingerings even more difficult as the student often cannot tell whether it is their lip or their fingers that are the cause of the problem. To learn how to fix this tone quality issue we spoke to Emily Osby, music teacher at Stevens Point Area Public School District to learn some straight forward ways to help young flutists have a better chance at success.

Free Patriotic Sheet Music Solos For Your Kids

Patriotic American flags

July is nearly here and what a better way to keep your kids (and music students) practicing over the summer than to get them to play a little patriotic music for the family at your next gathering!  Be forewarned, a lot of the composers who wrote many of the most familiar American patriotic songs did not really have beginners in mind when they wrote them.  Most of these pieces are playable by beginners after about one year of training, and whenever possible I rewrote them a bit to make their easy enough for my 6th grade band classes to play.  Here is the full listing of United States patriotic songs that we have available here at MusicEdMagic:

 

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  • See Who REALLY Directs The DCI Finals http://t.co/esp0bS1g3s Cool behind the scenes audio show just how hard it is to make the video we see

    Ever wonder how the DCI finals look so good on the screen? Listen to this camera call track and video from the 2004 finals and see just how much work goes into making the show pop off the screen.
    ow.lyEver wonder how the DCI finals look so good on the screen? Listen to this camera call track and video from the 2004 finals and see just how much work goes into making the show pop off the screen.

    2014-07-10T23:15:09+0000
  • See Who REALLY Directs The DCI Finals http://ow.ly/z1oTB Cool behind the scenes audio show just how hard it is to make the video we see

    Ever wonder how the DCI finals look so good on the screen? Listen to this camera call track and video from the 2004 finals and see just how much...
    www.musicedmagic.comEver wonder how the DCI finals look so good on the screen? Listen to this camera call track and video from the 2004 finals and see just how much...

    2014-07-10T23:10:03+0000

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