Login or Register New Account

Suggested Reading

1. Rehearsal Rooms

Struggling to improve the acoustics in your band room? Check out how the Medan Band did it.

2. Concerned about playing swing music properly?

Check out my guidelines

3. Ear training exercises for bands

Unlike piano players, ear training is essential for wind band performers. But how many band directors bother to give their bands suitable exercises?

4. Intonation problems

While tuning is simple act of adjusting a length of tubing on a wind instrument (often by reference to a single note), intonation is an ongoing process in which a player strives to match the pitch of others in the ensemble during performance. 

5. “Blowing” a wind instrument

A common misconception among wind players is to believe that the air moves through the instrument in order to produce the sound. This is simply not true. 

6. Conducting – suggestions for home practice

The best way for a conductor to improve is in front of a live ensemble. The unfortunate reality, however, is that this is not always possible. Aspiring conductors therefore have little choice but to find other ways of honing their skills.


Condition of use



User - A registered or unregistered person accessing a page on theconcertband.com.
Account - A set of data tied to a username created after a user has registered on a board.
Content - Posts, messages, links, email, uploaded files, usernames, or any other user created data.
Service - A message board (forum) provided by theconcertband.com.

All references to "you" or "your" refer to any User.

1 Accepting the Terms of Use:

By visiting or using any page on theconcertband.com, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions at all times and to any changes made to these terms thereafter. Unauthorized users under the age of thirteen (13) will have their accounts deleted without notice upon discovery.

2 The Service:

theconcertband.com is provided as-is with no guarantees for fitness for a particular use, usability, or availability. You agree that theconcertband.com may add or change service limitations at any time, with or without notice.

3 Content:

Users are responsible for any Content transmitted to an theconcertband.com server. theconcertband.com does not guarantee the accuracy, legitimacy, quality, or integrity of any Content. theconcertband.com does not guarantee that Content will be protected from loss, deletion, removal, or damage. The Service is not intended to store vital or irreplaceable data.

3.1 Prohibited Content:

Users may not post, upload, link to, or email any Content that contains, promotes, gives instruction about, or provides prohibited Content. Prohibited Content includes any Content that breaks any local, state, county, national or international law. Prohibited Content also includes: (a) Content that infringes upon any rights (including, but not limited to, copyrights and trademarks); (b) Abusive, threatening, defamatory, racist, or obscene Content; (c) Viruses or any other harmful computer software; (d) False information or libel; (e) Spam, chain letters, or pyramid schemes; (f) Gambling or Illicit drugs; (g) Terrorism; (h) Hacking or cheating Content for internet/online games; (i) Warez, Roms, CD-Keys, Cracks, Passwords, or Serial Numbers; (j) Pornography, nudity, or sexual material of any kind; (k) Excessive profanity; (l) Content that is invasive of privacy or impersonation of any person/entity; and (m) Hacking materials or information.
Repeat copyright infringers will have access to theconcertband.com terminated.

3.2 Limited Content:

(a) Prohibited Content may not be transmitted to an theconcertband.com; and (b) The format, quantity, and size of uploaded files and posts may be limited.

3.3 Content Screening:

theconcertband.com does not preview any Content transmitted but reserves the right to check any board for prohibited content. theconcertband.com has the right to access any board and its related Content and delete, edit, or restrict access to any Content. You agree that theconcertband.com may disclose any Content to: (a) Fulfill what is required by law or is needed to comply with legal processes; (b) To prove a violation of these terms; or (c) To protect the rights (including copyrights), property, or personal safety of anyone. You understand and agree that any Content posted on theconcertband.com is the responsibility of the person who posted the Content and the board creator. You agree that theconcertband.com is not responsible for and does not control or endorse Content posted to the Service or available through the Service. You agree that you will bear any and all risk of reliance on the accuracy, validity or legitimacy of Content viewed on theconcertband.com. theconcertband.com is not responsible for any problems that may occur from reading, distributing, acting on, or using Content posted on theconcertband.com.

3.4 Rights to Posted Content:

Any content uploaded or posted to theconcertband.com may be displayed on a board by theconceertband.com. You grant theconcertband.com the right to display and store the Content you provide.

4 Prohibited Behavior:

Users may not interfere with theconcertband.com's servers or software.
Users may not attempt to access any restricted area that they do not have access to: this includes private forums, password protected forums, accounts of theconcertband.com staff or other members, Control Panels, or any board's Admin CP.
Users may not post harmful or disruptive html/javascript.
Users may not reproduce, distribute, or publish Content posted by other users without the prior permission of the owner.
Excessive hotlinking by sites not located on an theconcertband.com server of images hosted by theconcertband.com is prohibited.
Users may not hotlink images from other websites without proper permission.
You may not abuse the report system by sending in false reports or flooding the system with duplicate reports.
You may not abuse the support ticket system by flooding the system with tickets.

5 Enforcement of Terms of Use:

theconcertband.com may edit, delete, or restrict access to any Content/account/board or services as enforcement of the Terms of Use.

6 Termination of the Service:

You agree that theconcertband.com may delete any board owned by you and/or your account on any theconcertband.com board. theconcertband.com may ban your email address, username, IP Address or remove/change any Content from any board or from your account, without notice or compensation. Your account or board may be deleted for any violation of the theconcertband.com Terms of Use or for any reason deemed necessary. theconcertband.com may not explain why your account/board/Content was deleted or edited.

7 Disclaimer of Warranties:

You agree and understand that: (a) Your use of any theconcertband.com service is at your own risk. theconcertband.com is provided as-is. theconcertband.com disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, fitness for a particular purpose; (b) theconcertband.com makes no warranty that: (1) The Service will fit your needs and requirements; (2) The Service will be secure, error-free or uninterrupted; (3) The information acquired by using theconcertband.com will be accurate; (c) Any Content obtained through the use of theconcertband.com is used solely at your own risk and only you will be responsible for any damage that results from posting, obtaining, following, or using any Content.

8 Limitation of Liability:

You understand and agree that theconcertband.com will not be liable for any damages, direct or indirect, resulting from use and/or inability to use the Service.

9 Exclusions And Limitations:

Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or liability for damages, so some of Section eight (8) may not apply to you. However, you use theconcertband.com's Service at your own risk.

10 Legal Disputes:

These Terms of Use and your account with theconcertband.com will be over-seen by the laws of The United States of America. You agree that these Terms of Use are under the jurisdiction of the State of Maryland. You agree any legal filings or lawsuits must be filed in the State of Maryland.

11 Modification of the Terms of Use:

theconcertband.com reserves the right to change these terms at any time. All changes will be effective at the time they are posted. Your continued use of theconcertband.com will constitute your acceptance of any modifications made.

12 Enforcing the Terms of Use:

theconcertband.com's failure to enforce any part of these Terms of Use will not be seen as a waiver of any term or condition for any user.

13 User Disputes:

You alone are responsible for your interactions with other users of the Service. theconcertband.com reserves the right but is not obligated to mediate or solve disputes between you and other users of the Service.


You agree to indemnify and hold theconcertband.com and its subsidiaries, affiliates, volunteers, and employees harmless from any demand made by anyone due to the Content you post to the Service, your use of the Service, or your violation of any law or these Terms of Use. Any claim arising out of or related to use of the Service or the Terms of Use must be filed within one (1) year after the cause arose or be forever barred.

Training Resources

Resources for Band Training

Welcome to My Web Page

I am an Australian living in Singapore. Currently, I am working as a senior writer with the Straits Times newspaper in Singapore. Before that, I was a business consultant, I have never been a professional musician. But I have been interested in music since my schooldays when I played cornet in an amateur brass band run by my father in Melbourne. (Incidentally, my Dad still plays in a brass band, even though he's 80. It's a good band too! I have posted two tracks from the band's latest CD in the Focus section on this website so you can download them and judge for yourself).

I don't know whether it was because we lived "Down Under" or just a reflection of the general state of music education when I was growing up, but nobody I knew at that time had even heard of the "harmonic series". Nor could anyone give me a convincing answer to questions such as "What is the correct embouchure for brass players?" or even something as basic as "Is saliva a good substitute for valve oil?". Technique was another mystery. I lived in awe of even moderately talented national and international musicians.

Finally, my parents managed to scrape together enough money to send me for private lessons with Ken Smith (former professor of brass at Sydney University, now retired) who was living in Melbourne at the time. "Be known for your sound, not your technique", he said, and then went on to show me how. It was a revelation! Suddenly I saw that there really was a system to playing a brass instrument (or any other musical instrument for that matter). Some people were naturally better than others, of course, but even those who were struggling could improve quite dramatically if they knew how to go about it.

Since then I have made a point of finding out all I could about music, and especially about wind and brass bands. In the process, I did all the theory and practical exams for cornet/trumpet and somehow managed to get a piano diploma as well. Even so, I have to admit that my PhD is in political science, not music. (Sorry, but it's best to be honest, right?).

This website includes some of the results of my research on music, as well as my experience conducting bands and writing music for them.  I hope you find it useful. Further information can be found in my book entitled The Band Director's Handbook. Details of how to contact the publisher are given on the home page.

Bruce Gale



Author: Bruce Gale
Published by
P.O. Box 13945, London E5 OXY
England, United Kingdom
ISBN: 1-901919-35-8
Fax: (0208)533-5856
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Note the change of email address. The previous one given here has been experiencing technical difficulties)

You can purchase the handbook online http://www.mphonline.com.my

Or From The Band Director's Handbook: A Guide for College & Secondary School Music Directors in Southeast Asia


Latest Videos

View Video
Rated 3
Bruce Gale
View Video
Rated 3
Bruce Gale
View Video
Rated 3
Bruce Gale
View Video
Rated 3
Bruce Gale
View Video
Rated 3
Bruce Gale
View Video
Rated 3
Bruce Gale
View Video
Rated 3
Bruce Gale
View Video
Rated 3
Bruce Gale
View Video
Rated 3
Bruce Gale
View Video
Rated 3
Bruce Gale