Respect for the Conductor

As mentioned in the previous post, my wife Noelle (a professional violinist) and I spoke to the members of the New World Youth Orchestra about performing in an orchestra. We talked about four pillars of respect that are required for excellence in any musical ensemble. The four pillars are: Respect for the Music Respect for […]

Musicians and Football

As another Super Bowl approaches, I am reminded that making music is also a team sport. While there is an obvious connection between football and marching bands and some bands are very competitive, I think it is helpful to remember what a team really is. A team is a group of people that work together […]

Staff Sgt. John Parks – The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

During the recent Drum Corps International World Championships, we caught up with Staff Sgt. John Parks, a member of the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. His fascinating explanation of the role of musicians during the American Revolution help to explain the long history between musicians and marching. Dan Gosling:   I’m gonna […]

A Conversation with Jay Friedman

Jay Friedman is without question one of the greatest orchestral trombone players of all time and he is still going strong after 56 years! I recently had the distinct pleasure of talking to Jay about his amazing career. In the course of an hour, we covered everything from his early start in (he is Music […]

A Reunion – My Afternoon with Doc

Recently, my wife Noelle and I had the distinct pleasure of hosting a reunion for two old friends at our home. One of them inspired countless young people to become great musicians, many of them professionals. The other one was Doc Severinsen!

Brian Balmages Interview

Dan Gosling “The ChopSaver Guy” interviews the brilliant Brian Balmages, one of the most in-demand composers on the music scene today. Brian is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer. His music for winds, brass, and orchestra has been performed in countries throughout the world. Dan and Brian discuss everything from the proper way to […]

Tom Hooten Interview – 2017 Midwest band and Orchestra Clinic

Thomas Hooten is both a great friend and one of the greatest trumpet players in the world. As Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a frequent solo artist and clinician, Tom is fast becoming one of the most sought after musicians on the classical scene anywhere. We caught up with him at the […]