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Nobel Band Instruments and the complete Rico Daddario line of reeds


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"The pattern of progress can be compared to an oncoming tide-wave after wave moves onward seemingly with the same upsurge, but once in a while, one of the waves reaches ahead of the others, and then seems to be followed by the others, until the same motion occurs anew. Progress always moves forward-it is never still. The minute one feels that a certain level has been achieved at that precise moment one stops progressing, unless one tries to reach a higher level still or else regression starts and the level goes down. Perfection does not exist, but the ambition to reach it makes for unending progress and self satisfaction."  Bonade 

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Tequila for small band

Hey I made a play along version for small band you can hear it and play along at www.albanclassical.org. You can also download a PDF of any of the parts. Have fun!

Alan Hacker

Alan Hacker, O.B.E. British Clarinetist and my most influential teacher has died. I played for Alan at Banff one summer as the solo clarinet of the Opera orchestra an ensemble formed from players worldwide. He opened my ears to the music, everything was different after that summer.

An amazing clarinet player and conductor, the detail he considered for every phrase was inspiring. Tone color nuance articulation always at the service of the music not the clarinet.

I rarely saw him, often heard his words and music (Finzi concerto in particular) and always considered the world a better place for having him in it.


Mean Teachers and abusive conductors.

I was listening to an Interview with a military leader who was being tried for war crimes. When he was asked why they had performed such horrific deeds he replied " because we could".

Having the capacity to perform something does not give one the right to do so.

Yet so often I experience first hand abusive misogynistic power hunger self serving conductors, have numerous tales of abusive teachers recounted to me and occasionally see it first hand. Worse still in music there are some victims who either think they deserve it or that a teacher or a conductor is not any good if they are not abusive.

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Festivals and Exams

Music Festivals and Exams


One should be somewhat clear about their goals when starting music lessons themselves or enrolling their children in them.

Music not just another skill or qualification, a line item on a resume, it is an art. If it is approached properly it will add a lot to the participants’ life. Not only is it a beautiful and complex art but the study of music, playing an instrument, playing with others or composing involves many aspects of life that might not at first seem obvious.

My goal is to have the student have a pleasant and rewarding experience as free of stress as possible so music remains an escape, a solace, a source of companionship and camaraderie and fun for the rest of their lives. If it just becomes another course the chances of them quitting never to return, are very high. Developing various technical skills is part  of the process not the purpose. Though I stress musicality, enjoyment etc ironically this in the end results in students that play at a high level more so than if approached the other way around.

 The ability to play or memorise  a million notes does not make you a musician


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Nobel Clarinet

Nobel_clarinet14041 Bb CLARINET, brushed hard rubber body for a wood-like sound and finish, wear resistant nickel plated keys, waterproof Valentino pads, French blue steel needle springs, genuine cork bumpers and tenons, bell ring, 65mm Moenig bore barrel, light case with back pack straps. The quasi-indestructible nature of Valentino pads render the Nobel completely airtight and fully resonant. A best choice for a sound investment. $495

Every clarinet is set up and play tested before sale, most stores do not do this. This clarinet has had some undercutting of higher tone holes and resetting of pad heights done for better pitch and tone.

The material, reverse taper barrel and design give this clarinet a more mature rich sound when compared to standard student clarinets costing hundreds more. I have played one in the orchestra for outdoor concerts. 

Alban Classical

Private performance April 14

PGSO April 21

Wind World Alban classical school show April 23 and 30