Category Archives: clarinet

DAVE BENNETT WITH A VIEW

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VIRTUAL ADVENTURES IN GOOD MUSIC

Travels with Charley: Zoom me up, Jason! by Charles McKelvy What’s a Benny Goodman wanna-be supposed to do when old Mr. COVID comes a calling and basically shuts down everything until who knows when? Yes, I am that clarinet player … Continue reading

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MAKIN’ MUSIC IN MOTOWN

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JUST JASON

Jason Gresl is the most amazing clarinet teacher I have ever had.  He is always nudging me to new heights, and he leads by example.  Such as:

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THE COVID RAMBLE

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STRANGER ON THE SHORE

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HOMEMADE SAINT PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION

Erin go bragh, y’all!  Life goes on, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. So celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in the safety of your dwelling place, and know that today, everyone on the planet is Irish. And what’s Saint Patrick’s Day without Danny … Continue reading

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THE HOUNDS OF SPRING

The Southshore Concert Band, of which I am a third clarinet, will be performing this amazing piece, plus The Mystery of Atlantis, Afterlife, and The Lambs’ March, at the Red Cedar Festival in Okemos, Michigan on Leap Day, Saturday, February … Continue reading

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BIRDSONG

Birdsong by Charles McKelvy:

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FIRST RECORDING OF 2020

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SENIOR CLARINET RECITAL

Gabriel Halsey performed a brilliant Senior Clarinet Recital on December 10, 2019 at the Howard Performing Arts Center in Berrien Springs, Michigan, playing challenging works by Claude Debussy, Franz Danzi, and Aaron Copland.  Gabriel gave the recital in partial fulfillment … Continue reading

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IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

(Benton Harbor, Michigan) Southshore Concert Band and Dale L. Reuss, Conductor, presented In The Holiday Spirit Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Mendel Center Mainstage with special guests, The Lake Michigan College Concert Choir, under the direction of Kristopher Zook.  Trombonist … Continue reading

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‘TIS THE SEASON

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FLASH FICTION: IN CONCERT

He adjusted his music stand, picked up his clarinet, and awaited the conductor’s pleasure. The conductor raised his baton, smiled and let the music begin. And so it did. And so he became one with the band, and that wasn’t … Continue reading

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IN PERFORMANCE

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BOY IN THE BAND

“Congratulations! You have chosen to become a member of the best concert band in southwest Michigan!” That was Southshore Concert Band Conductor Dale Reuss fulfilling my musical dream on Thursday, September 12 at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich. … Continue reading

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BANDED CLARINETIST

“Congratulations! You have chosen to become a member of the best concert band in southwest Michigan!” That was Southshore Concert Band Conductor Dale Reuss fulfilling my musical dream on Thursday, September 12 at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich. … Continue reading

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I’M IN!!!

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GOIN’ IN

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IN CONCERT

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RED BARN PLAYER

My date with musical destiny will be met Saturday night at 8 p.m. EDT at our Red Barn here in Harbert, Michigan when I present a one-man program called: FIVE EASY PIECES:  TRAVELS AND TUNES WITH CHARLEY.  Admission is free … Continue reading

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CONTREDANSE en RONDEAU

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PREMIERE IN OTSEGO

(Otsego, Michigan) I made musical history Wednesday, July 24, 2019, by giving the first concert in the Lober home.  I made music for our dear friends Randy and Mary Lober.  They were pleased, and Mary kindly took the picture that … Continue reading

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HAVE CLARINET, WILL TRAVEL

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CLARINET SOLO

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SOLO ACT

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CAMPUS TOUR

(Berrien Springs, Michigan) Weather permitting, I complement my weekly clarinet lesson at Andrews University with Jason Gresl with a stroll around campus.  Here are some photos from last week’s tour.  I hope to see you out there tomorrow afternoon.

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