Conductor's Corner Archive

Since 2005, the Montgomery Village Community Band Newsletter has featured the 'Conductor's Corner' column written by Gordon Bowie.   Many of Gordon's essays contain timeless advice about improving musicianship and performing.  Selected articles are reprinted here.

"Think of 65 individuals with a variety of instruments in separate practice rooms doing their own routine.  Listen to all of them at once and what cacophony it is!  Now take those same 65 talents and place them in a room together with a leader to coordinate and coach.  The wonderful band music that results is a very different outcome made possible only by a unified group effort.  Every part is important, and every player is important." - Gordon W. Bowie



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Community Bands - April, 2005  79k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:26 PM Brad Engel
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Composing Music - May, 2005  77k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:27 PM Brad Engel
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Staying Focused at Season End - June, 2005  99k v. 2 Jun 7, 2010, 7:28 PM Brad Engel
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New Season - October, 2005  68k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:30 PM Brad Engel
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Tips for Improving Musicianship - December, 2005  86k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:31 PM Brad Engel
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Improving Musicianship - Musical Memory; February, 2006  93k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:33 PM Brad Engel
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Improving Musicianship - Mastering Your Instrument; March, 2006  93k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:34 PM Brad Engel
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Improving Musicianship - Sight Reading; April, 2006  115k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:36 PM Brad Engel
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Playing Outdoors; June, 2006  103k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:37 PM Brad Engel
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The Character of Different Instruments; February, 2007  92k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:39 PM Brad Engel
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Back to Basics - Playing Scales; April, 2007  91k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:40 PM Brad Engel
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Venues and Concentration; November, 2007  81k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:41 PM Brad Engel
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Its All About the Music; December, 2007  141k v. 2 Jun 7, 2010, 7:43 PM Brad Engel
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Improving Speed; March, 2008  82k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:44 PM Brad Engel
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Playing Outdoors; May, 2008  80k v. 1 Jun 8, 2010, 6:00 PM Brad Engel
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Watch the Conductor; June, 2010  94k v. 1 Jun 7, 2010, 7:45 PM Brad Engel