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December 2010

Nutcracker, and the job that is impossible to get.

So this weekend I played the Nutcracker. There were a lot of notes. And a lot of the time I got both the right pitch and played it in the right place. Playing the Nutcracker is somewhat of a major milestone for me, but for a reason that’s hard to explain. Let me first, tell […]

Could you have passed?

8th grade final exam, circa 1895: http://people.moreheadstate.edu/fs/w.willis/eighthgrade.html

Upcoming concerts

Here are the upcoming concerts if you’d like to catch me playing some seasonal music: What: The Ohlone Christmas Extravaganza When: 2pm Sat, Dec 11 Where: Smith Center on the Ohlone College campus in Fremont, CA Who: The Mission Peak Brass Band, the Ohlone Wind Orchestra, the Ohlone Community Band, and the Ohlone Tuba Ensemble. […]

The Nutcracker

This year, I was invited to play the Nutcracker over in Livermore. I don’t get to play enough in orchestras, and I’ve never played the Nutcracker before, so I pounced on the opportunity. Because it is a seasonal thing, and there are probably 20 or so performances, the various clarinet players opt to “rotate” parts […]


Did you see that retro TV car commercial that was all art deco? Or the more recent Hyundai commercial that has a video mix of a couple recording a christmas tune? The duo is Pomplamoose. The’ve been doing this on youtube for a bit. Everything you see is what is making the music, and everything […]