What I’m Watching: Christine Purdue Jones

Christine Purdue Jones – Master Sergeant, United States Air Force Band

Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are | Amy Cuddy

The information contained in this talk is incredibly powerful, and I’d even go so far as to say it is a MUST WATCH for everyone. Amy Cuddy gives a super simple way to increase your presence – not only useful for when we take the stage, but also any stressful situation we may encounter in our lives.


Developing High Range on the Trombone

In this video, SSgt Austin Westjohn from the U.S. Army Band shares some excellent thoughts on high register playing. Austin’s high range is truly astounding and he makes it seem completely effortless! I just love how he packages his concepts – so simple, and easy to incorporate yourself and/or share with students.


Bennie and the Jets – Elton John (‘Sinatra At The Sands’ Style) ft. Aubrey Logan

An equally gifted jazz trombonist and vocalist, Aubrey Logan is simply an inspiration. I really admire the creativity of jazz artists, so to be able to express that creativity through two different outlets just blows my mind. I love the vibe of Postmodern Jukebox, so adding Aubrey to the mix is a real treat.


Meet Titus Underwood, The First Black Principle Oboist of a Major Symphony Orchestra

Uncomfortable conversations need to be had regarding racial equality, not just in the U.S. but around the world. The story Titus shares in the video is horrifying. We need to be aware that this kind of behavior exists and get comfortable calling it out. Be an ally to your colleagues/peers/students that are minorities. Let’s continue to educate ourselves, reflect on our own thoughts and behaviors, and keep these discussions going.


Too Many Zooz – Bedford

And now for something COMPLETELY different! This band, and Leo P. in particular, absolutely fascinate me. I love their authenticity and commitment. They are 100% all in, don’t care what anyone thinks, and just totally rock it. They gave the performance of their lives on that train! We could all learn something from watching this unique group, plus be entertained to boot.