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The International Women’s Brass Conference: Educate, Develop, Support, Inspire     Pursuing a career in music is not an easy task for anyone.  Doing so takes an enormous amount of dedication, hard work, and talent.  In a field historically dominated by men, women brass players pursuing careers in music have an even more arduous task before […]

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A look back at the IWBC

I’ve been doing a little research on the International Women’s Brass Conference.  This relatively young organization began in 1993, and the first conference was held in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2010 conference will be held in Toronto, Canada. According to the IWBC’s mission statement, it is their goal to provide opportunities that will educate, develop, […]

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Brazen Brass!

Brazen Brass is Columbus, Ohio’s premier all-female brass quintet.  Formed in 2006, this group includes recent graduates of Ohio State University, Capital University, and Miami University. Members of the group include: Melissa Bontempo, trumpetMelissa Patridge, trumpetHolly Bowman, hornAnnalisa Ventola, tromboneCarrie Frederick, tuba After reading the bios of these ladies, I can say that this is […]

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Historical Perspective: Joan A. Lamb’s Contribution as a World War II Musician and Educator

 History is only as accurate as it is portrayed.  What historical knowledge scholars, educators, and the general public acquire is essentially based on a reservoir of facts and interpretations that have been arranged in chronological order by past historians.  Unfortunately, this string of events that we call “history” has some major gaps that have not […]

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