Pandemic Practicing

What are we to do? How can we go from playing rehearsals or concerts 4-5 times per week to playing nothing? How will we keep our chops up and running? And WHY should we keep our chops up and running if there are no gigs on the horizon?

Freelancing 2020 and Beyond

A full indoor wedding gig during COVID...a bad decision. It is hard to know where to start when discussing the *new* freelancing situation many of my musical colleagues and I find ourselves. We have been put in a near impossible position to choose between our financial livelihood and our health and well-being. I realize that... Continue Reading →

Accepting New Students

I am now fully set-up to teach virtually from my home studio. I have spent the past month or so making sure the technology on my end all looked and sounded great. Now that things are cooking along, the only thing I need is to fill my schedule with students. If you, or someone you... Continue Reading →

Social Distancing Trombone Warm-Up

Keeping up a schedule is not easy. I'm trying to keep my kids on a school day schedule (read about THAT adventure here), but keeping myself on a schedule is a different story. In order to get myself motivated, showered and dressed, I'm starting a TROMBONE WARM-UP Facebook LIVE session!!!!!!! This is taking place at... Continue Reading →

Freelance Notebook: Positive Edition!

Amid all of the worry, panic, and 'social distancing' we find ourselves in, I thought it was perhaps a good idea to begin to focus on all of the positive things that can happen during the week or two (or three) we freelancers have off of work. I think I've wallowed in my own self-pity... Continue Reading →

Freelance Notebook (supplemental)

Well, it happened. Everything I have for the rest of March has been canceled. Let me say that this is a good thing from the perspective of dealing with a public health emergency. I am totally in agreement with all of these decisions. Stopping the spread of this is a priority. Holding public events is... Continue Reading →

Freelance Notebook 3.12.2020

I've been very fortunate that most months I've scheduled enough work to cover all my financial responsibilities for our household. There are months that are better than others, but eventually it all balances out...usually. This week, I've lost a couple very high profile (and high paying) engagements due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) scare. I am... Continue Reading →

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