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For trombonists who are technically assured and playing nearly everyday, I have devised a more rapid and efficient routine combining articulation and flexibility with range and coordination. You should nevertheless always try to start the day with some stretching, breathing and general 'well being’ exercises to prepare the body and of course, the mind for the artistic day ahead.

Any type of lesson or audition prep takes some structure. Arbans Characteristic study #8 and phrasing study Beatrice are classic requests for auditions and placement tests. Denis Wick artist Chris O'Hara takes you through a step by step process to break these selections into smaller pieces, and prepare for success. 


Drum Corps is a very unique grouping of musicians that involves way more than just performing well on your instrument. Your audition packet will provide some insight into what your judges will be looking for, but what beyond the packet will you be tested on?

Audition season is upon us! Are you planning on auditioning for a performance degree? Preparation of mind and music is everything. Longtime trumpet teacher, performer, and Denis Wick artist Paul Archibald shares some advice for all brass students that is absolutely crucial to your audition preparation.

What are the top reasons customers tell me they want a new mouthpiece?

“I want to play higher/lower."
“I want to play louder/softer."
"I want better endurance."
“I've improved, I want a bigger/smaller mouthpiece."
“Can I get the one that *famous artist* plays?"

Should these needs be the basis of our search, or are there better "morals" that should be practiced?