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Interview with Francis McBeth

From 1957 to 1996 Dr. Francis McBeth (born 1933) was Professor of Music, Resident Composer and Chairman of the Theory-Composition Department at Ouachita University (pronounced wash-i-taw) in Arkadelphia, Arkansas (US). He was also conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Little Rock for many years until his retirement in 1973, after which he was elected Conductor Emeritus.

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Planning a Concert

Every concert needs to be well planned if it is to be successful. Playing the music properly is not enough.

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Wessex Band Summer School

The following article was written by Matthew Stimpson, a 22-year-old tenor horn player who attended the Wessex Summer School near Bournemouth in the south of England from July 26-31 2004. The course is open to all age groups and is designed for brass, woodwind and percussion players coming from bands all over the United Kingdom.

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The Veterans Band does it again!

Back in August 2003, I reviewed a CD released by the Veteran's Band, a Salvation Army brass band based in Melbourne (Australia). The average age of the band members was about 75, yet they played better than many community bands I have heard here in Singapore and Australia with players maybe only a third their age.

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Taking Faith in the Security Forces

Taking Faith in the Security Forces

This article was published in my regular "mata jeli" column in the Singapore Straits Times on July 24, 2009.  The piece describes the security situation in Palu (Central Sulawesi, Indonesia), when the Medan Band visited the provincial capital.

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