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.

Selmer Reference 54 Limited Edition Hummingbird

From a recent for sale ad: A rare alto from 2005, … this limited edition saxophone commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passing of Charlie “Bird” Parker and features an iconic hummingbird engraving on the bell. The Reference 54 series … Continue reading

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I found one of my fav band teachers, Mr. Robert Lake

Originally posted on The Bis Key Chronicles:
There are at least two of my favorite stories to tell about growing up in the mid-west and being a sax player. One is when the Urbandale, IA middle school teacher picked a jazzy…

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Swing Dance, this is why …

There are many kinds of dances, but all those requiring the participation of the two sexes have two characteristics in common: they are conspicuously innocent, and warmly loved by the vicious. ~ Ambrose Bierce We, and my we I mean … Continue reading

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Little Free Library Arsonist ~ March 2018

Travis: Some fucking hooligans torched the community library box. The tree looks damaged too. David: Call the Sheriff’s Office. Arson is a felony. Sally: Oh no!! Lacresha: What a bunch of degenerates Mike: Did they get caught? I saw the … Continue reading

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Frank Ticheli ~ An American Elegy

From Frank’s FB page: When I composed An American Elegy in response to the Columbine Shooting tragedy, I thought it would be a singular episode, or at least a rare one, in our nation’s history. Sadly, I am constantly reminded … Continue reading

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Project Band ~ People Turnover

Jazz is about being in the moment. ~ Herbie Hancock Every year my band has turnover. People move, get new, harder jobs, get divorced, … you name it there are so many good reasons for leaving a good band. Some … Continue reading

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The Music World: Should I, Could I Be a Part of It?

“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.” ~ J.S. Bach Friend: Hey Jim.  Based in large part on your enthusiasm, I plan to drive over to Spokane on Thursday to horse trade for … Continue reading

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