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Category: Potpourri

Photo of Amy Marcy (Cheney) Beach (1867-1944)

Help Celebrate the 150th Birthday of This Pioneering Composer

Happy birthday, Amy Beach! Who’s Amy Beach, you ask? Sadly, too many people ask that question, despite her being one of America’s foremost woman composers. As today is the 150th anniversary of her birth,...

Me performing "The Old Grumbly Bear" with the Crystal Lake Community Band, July 2015

In High Praise of the Adult Amateur Musician

I attended the first-ever Chicago Clarinet Symposium this weekend at Northeastern Illinois University. It was two days filled with everything clarinet: master classes, concerts, vendor displays and sample instruments. I enjoyed my time there....

Lori with most of her summer band gear

What’s playing at Tonal Diversions – June 2016

It’s the end of June already! How did that happen? Time for another segment of “What’s playing?” (Time for the disclaimer: I don’t have any affiliation with these artists or authors. I checked the...

The Flim Flam brothers, traveling salesponies

Music Appreciation: The Flim Flam Cider Song by Daniel Ingram

Seeing that the grand day of silliness is upon us again, I had to take a quick trip back to Equestria for this post. This time we’ll listen to “The Flim Flam Cider Song,”...

What’s playing at Tonal Diversions – December 2015

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday. I had a wonderful time visiting family in Ohio. The trip felt too short, but it was great to see everyone. (Time for the disclaimer: I don’t...

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