Author Archives: Gandalfe

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.

Funding a Nonprofit Music Organization

Future public education will require involvement and collaboration among various local, civic, private and nonprofit entities, a concept I like to refer to as ‘community entrepreneurship.’ ~ Donald Bren Running a nonprofit, such as a community band, can be a … Continue reading

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Best Big Band Bari Sax Sound Tip (du Jour)

“If you’re going to make a mistake, make it loud so everybody else sounds wrong” ~ Joe Venuti I often play bari sax in big bands, including my own band. I find that I usually end up blowing my brains … Continue reading

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The History of the Real Book

Excerpted from: https://officialrealbook.com/history/ For more than 40 years, the Real Book has been the go-to resource for jazz musicians playing jazz standards and classics from the Great American Songbook. You’ll find this ubiquitous tome on music stands the world over, … Continue reading

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Playing, Performing, Entertaining

Terry Stibal penned this in 2011 in the Woodwind Forum. He has now passed on, but his writings live on. This is a pet peeve of mine. I know a lot of folks who can do the first, significantly fewer … Continue reading

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Music Projects Galore

If music be the food of love, play on. ~ William Shakespeare Through the last ten years I have been collecting piano books with the idea that I might co-opt one of the songs to create a sax quartet. I … Continue reading

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Pay Raise and Retirement Tips and Tricks

“I believe that the biggest mistake that most people make when it comes to their retirement is they do not plan for it. They take the same route as Alice in the story from “Alice in Wonderland,” in which the … Continue reading

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Scotty, Beam Me Up

What!? Is the transporter broken again? When will it be back on line? Really, sometimes I wonder if those clowns at Starfleet maintenance know the difference between a Heisenberg compensator and a sonic screwdriver. “Beam me up, Scotty” is a … Continue reading

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