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Volume 6 Issue 7 - April 2001

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6s-P~ Long & McQuade MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS www.long·mcqu• BAND STAND While we're on the subject of instruments, you may want to ' revisit the "Musicians In Our · · Midst" column from the March John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and Ingolf Dahl's "Sinfonietta." The concert starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are /. famous.CUPE picket band ... some of the best musicians you'll ever hear for free. 2000 issue ofWholenote. It's a Merlin Williams is a· woodwind by Merlin Williams profile of clarinet maker Stephen, If you're looking for an inexpen- performer, arranger, teacher and Fox. Steve now has a website sive afternoon's entertainment, music copyist based in Toronto. Possibly the only feeling worse with more detailed information The University of Toronto at If you would like an upcoming than having to take your car into about the clarinets he builds: Scarborough Concert Band is band event to be featured in the the mechanic and trying to http://www. sfoxclarinets. com/ performing a free concert at The Bandstand column, feel free to explain what is wrong with it is Meeting Place on Apr .1 at 3 contact him at (416) 489-0275; by taking your cherished instrument · The CNE Festival of Bands is p.m., under the baton of Larry e-mail,; in for repairs. This must be true, back after an absence of several Shields. The York University on the web, http://members because I see so many band years. The Canadian National Wind Symphony delivers musicians with instruments that Exhibition and the Canadian another fee free program on Apr. are in poor repair. It's impossible B~d Association of Ontario are 22 at McLaughlin Performance to give an artistic performance sponsoring the event, which will Hall, York U. Downbeat is also when your horn is in poor shape, feature community bands from 3 p.m.; the director is William but there's no shortage of people · across the province. The CNE · Thomas. MEMBERS WRITE trying. Compared to a car, a Bandshell is the venue for the APRIL2001: musical instrument is relatively Aug.19th festival. Further On April 29, you've got a choice cheap to fix, and will easily give information can be obtained from between two great bands. At 3 I FuRIOSI is pleased to you more enjoyment. So why Rob Kinnear at (905) 843-3866. p.m. in the west end, we have announce the return of Johanne wait? Go see your technician, and get that tired' clarinet revitalized The Toronto Wind Orchestra is Denny Ringler and the Mississauga Pops Concert Band Couture (Montreal) on harpsi- chord for their next programme for the spring concert season. wrapping up its 2000/2001 playing classical selections from Les Precieu.x. . Talk to your repair person - see concert series at Church of the ·all eras at the Meadowvale what they. recommend (and if you ·Redeemer on Saturday, Apr. 28. Theatre. At the same time, in the ST. MICHAEL'S CHOIR can't talk to the person who The season ender features the centre of the city, 'the Northdale SCHOOL will be departing for works on your instrument, find TWO under Music Director Tony Concert Band, conductor a 16 day concert tour of England another shop!) Gomes. The program inc!udes Stephen Chenette, and trumpet and Ireland in April. They will soloist James Gardiner present take with them a specially "An Afternoon at the Met" at commissioned piece by Tomas Metropolitan United Church. Dusatko, dedicated tb the memory of John Arab, a leading Ron Collier, continued from page 17 As I write this month's coluinn, it Canadian tenor and faculty . Ron Collier's Jazz Orchestra was · seems almost certain that CUPE member of SMCS. in their annual Duke Ellington featured in an Ellington Centen- 4400, the unjon representing birthday concert at Walter Hall nial concert in1999 with the education workers in the Toronto The TORONTO SYMPHONY this year. Their choice of Ron ,Nathaniel Dett Chorale. The two District School Board will be on has already won a ringing ORCHESTRA has an Eastern groups performed music from strike as of Mar. 26. As well. as Ontario Tour April 23 to 27, endorsement. At time of writing Duke's Sacred Concerts. In 2000, support staff, this union repre- with performances, educational (mid March) the April 28 concert Ron's band opened the DuMaurier sents the Itinerant Music Instrucis sold out. workshops and masterclasses in . Downtown Jazz Festival in tors - the band and string teachers Port Hope, Kingston, Cornwall Merlin Williams is Wholenote's Toronto to a standing room.only who work in the junior and and Ottawa .. Works by Prokofiev, Bandstand columnist, and - crowd. middle grades. If you happen to Ryan, Stravinsky and Mozart will baritone saxist in Ro~ Collier;s see 1,1s on the line, keep in mind be performed, with soloists Scott It was only natural then, that the Jazz. Orchestra. that a quick peep of the horn can St. Jqhn, Nora Shulman and Judy Toronto Duke Ellington Society help keep our spirits up. And Loman, conducted by Jukkawatch for the return of die Pekka would present Collier's big band Saraste. 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Special focus on musical instruments continued from page 7 Instrument care (1): Woodwinds by Gary Armstrong A brand new wood clarinet arriving in my shop in the winter . is losing moisture-faster than a middle aged man after a couple of brews at Pauper's Pub. As the wood,dries out, it shrinks - and draws the posts that support the key work towards each other. This causes the keys to bind; they feel stiff and do not operate freely. And the springs that keep the keys open or closed have been set heavier than is necessary - to compensate for this stiffness. Additionally a dull cutter has-damaged one tone hole at the factory. These are all problems that the competent music store will address l:)efore selling an instrument. But the owner of a new wood instrument should expect some continued shrinkage. Reaching for the key oil will not help! A qualified repairJ>erson · must remove binding keys and lightly filt; the en~s. Joint rings protect the wood from cracking at the thin tenons; they must not be allowed to loosen. The repairperson must use a special ring- . shrinking tool to resize the rings, or a paper strip may be wrapped over the tenon and the offending ring tapped into· place. · There is qu'ite a bitof controversy surrounding oiling of the wood. Some instruments crack and some do nor. Traditionally, bore oil is seen 'to protect against cracking. More than one woodwind manufa~turer today does not recommend oiling the bore. The wood that is used for most clarinets is African Blackwood or "Grenadilla". It is an extremely den~e, non-floating wood with a high content of naturally occurring oil. That's what makes it ideal for this use: it machines beautifully and has resistance to moisture and cracking. But it is unknown how much applied oil is actually absorbed or -how evenly it is absorbed. Stories abound of people who have religiously oiled their instrumepts, only to have them crack anyway, and conversely of the . person who has ignored any such regimen, ,and who has all the same not suffered any cracking. As well, oil can occasionally raise the grain of the bore and thereby possil?ly alter the tonal characteristics of some notes. I •think it is more important to observe a strict "break-in" period: play not more than 15 to 20 minutes in the morning and• the same· in the evening each day for the first two weeks of ownership, increasing that to 1 h hour for the next two weeks, cleaning or "swabbing" the instrument frequently during this time. The idea is to slowly raise the moisture content of the clarinet. Another caution: do not play a cold clarinet. Breathing warm, moist air down the centre of a cold, dry clarinet is a*ing for trouble. Try to get the instrument to room temperature before blowing into it. In the future, if your instrument sits for a month continues next paf:e JOHN FERTH Recorder Center sheet music - recorders 984 Dovercourt Rd. Toronto, Ont. M6H 2X5 (416) 534-7931 everything for the record~r player OYAMAHA #1 · in Music! Yamaha is the world's largest manufacturer of quality musical instruments. Imagine! Practice, warm-up or playing without disturbing others. Yamaha, with over a century of musical tradition and craftsmanship combined with today's leading edge technology in digital sound reproduction, brings you Si/enlBRASS. It allows you to play your horn while others hear only a whisper. Through earphones, you hear your playing with incredible realism. Si/entBRASS for: trumpet, trombone, fluegelhorn, horn, euphonium and tuba. Band & Orchestral Instruments Department Yamaha Canada Music Ltd., Toronto WOW! 8,000 Sheet Music Titles! Canada's largest selection' of sheet music titles for strings. Avail d convenient mail-ord As a fall-service string shop we offer the following: + Violins • Violas • Cellos (Seu + Rare Instrument and Bow C I i ' • Instrument Rentals + Natio~al Mail-Order Serv' + Repair, Restoration, a + Strings Accessori~; B 26 Cumberland, 2nd Floor. Tch 1-416-960-8494 . Email: _ Free Parking! Open Mcm.-Sat. l~ Thurs. until 8 pm • A PRIL 1, 2001 - MAY 7, 2001 wholenote 19

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