Category: Video Blog

A Short Walk Leads to a Significant Discovery

“Okay hon, I’m leaving for my meeting!” I called to Jamie as I headed out the door. “Are you driving?” she asked. “No, it’s not that far.  I could use the walk.” I put on my jacket and slung the trumpet case over my shoulder.  As the intermittent rain eased, I questioned the decision to […]

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“You didn’t just drop a cake, did you?”

admin | Posted on May 5, 2021 by Drew Holmes (Originally posted at the Medium page for The Podcasting Store) This past week Timothy’s Kindergarten class was fully remote due to a positive COVID test. Thankfully, the problem does not seem severe, our family is and remains healthy, and he is back to in person learning. While at first […]

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High Plains School Tootin’ Tuesday Week 4 Recap

Things got serious this week! Well, as serious as it can in the rain. We had sectionals and I got to help the trumpet players. We recapped pages 4 and 5 and then moved on to pages 6 and 7 in the Traditions of Excellence book. Page 7 introduced the breath mark (phrasing) and half […]

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Eating With Chopsticks and Drew Takes it Back Outside. It’s Your Weekend Update

In this Weekend Update: We continue our Absolute Beginners video series! We now have percussion, flute, and saxophone videos live. These are short videos that will reinforce what a beginner has already learned in class but may have not fully absorbed. The goal is to minimize lost practice time between classes so the player can […]

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HIgh Plains School Tootin’ Tuesday Week 3 Recap

Drew has a confession to make: he totally screwed up recording this video the first time. So the Tootin’ Tuesday recap was recorded in studio and not on the go, as usual! Week 3! We covered a bunch of stuff (and got to play outside!), but the big theme was articulation. We discussed where your […]

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A New Video Series and What We can Learn From a Culinary Disaster. It’s Your Weekend Update

In this Weekend Update We are excited to announce our Absolute Beginners video series! These are short videos that will reinforce what a beginner has already learned in class but may have not fully absorbed. The goal is to minimize lost practice time between classes so the player can maintain enthusiasm and learn faster. The […]

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Instrument Step-Up Is Back! It’s Your Weekend Update.

In this Weekend Update: The Boomer Step-Up Event is back! We are still being safe a limiting people on site, so instead of just one day we are spreading it out over several weeks. Details can be found here *AND* Mrs. Lemons, the band director at High Plains School has scheduled weekly sessions for April to […]

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cool things are happening at high plains school!

5:00 PM is not very late for most people to be out, but with two small boys Drew is rarely anywhere but home at that hour. So where was he? At High Plains School in Loveland! Mrs. Lemons, the band director at HPS, got creative and split her beginners into three groups due to COVID […]

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Funding for classroom music is availble, but you need to apply soon!

Music Educators, As you have likely heard, the government has passed into law 3 different “Cares Acts” that include funding for Schools, referred to as ESSER FUNDS.  The 2nd round of ESSER Funds is available now on a grant basis to schools.  This is a use it or lose it type of funding and schools […]

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Calling all trumpet players!

This Saturday is the Colorado State University Virtual Trumpet Day! CSU Trumpet Day is designed for trumpet players of all ages who are looking for an event that inspires their love of music and all things trumpet. Trumpet students, teachers, performers, and band directors in Colorado are invited to attend directly on Zoom. Hosted by […]

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