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Bitterroot Blues Band

Saturday evenings from now to June will mean playing in the band for me … and a dozen +/- fellow musicians. Everyone I talk with about this is ENTHUSIASTIC. The support from the Darby Schools and Adult Ed staff is phenominal. I was hopefully optimistic when I launched the idea. Now I am EXCITED. My dream gig, what I really want to do musically is play 3rd trombone in a blues, jazz, swing or big band. All that has been available to me in Montana is playing upright bass in a weekly bluegrass jam. This idea to use the marketing, support and facilities of the Darby Schools Adult Ed program to share with potential fellow blues musicians has taken on […]

Bitterroot Blues Band

Blues begat country. Rock came from blues. Swing, Dixieland and jazz also evolved from the blues. Blues is a familiar form of music to most of us, even if we don’t know it. The best part of music is making it; playing your own instrument. That is what we will be doing Saturday evenings this semester thanks to the Darby Adult Education program. Our foundation will be the blues, but we will drift into one or more of its offspring depending on desires of the participating musicians. Community? > ?Adult Ed? > Course Calendar We are excited to announce our Course Calendar! Please read below for course descriptions. You can register online TODAY. Course Registration Deadline is Friday, January 26th. […]

Cozy Cole

About a million years ago, when I was a young teenager, I heard Topsy Part II on my new gift transistor radio. It was a kind of music I had not previously heard, but I liked it in a way I did not understand. Today I know more about the music and why I love it. Regardless, here is the recording that struck me then, and that I still enjoy today. http://www.teddunlap.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Cozy-Cole-Topsy-II-LoudTronix.me-HQ.mp3 And a relative of it that tickles my fancy. http://www.teddunlap.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Cozy-Cole-Ol-man-mose-LoudTronix.me-HQ.mp3

Montana Trombone Chorale

The evening of August 3rd had an event that was BIG and BOLD on my calendar. The Montana Trombone Chorale came to the Hamilton Band Shell to perform for an enthusiastic, discerning audience. High on my list of musical dreams would be to play in such a group. Listening and watching them play is almost as good… and very much a delight. I apologize for the quality of my videos. I am using my much-loved Canon SX710 a bit beyond its capability for taking great still photos and making short video clips by recording these tunes. But you can certainly see and hear what these folks brought to our community. Now if I can just get something like this going […]

trombone trio

After four years of wishing I could find, and looking for someone to play trombone with, I began growing my own trombone trio. I found a couple of lads interested in learning, gave them each a trombone and began giving lessons near weekly. As with nearly everything else I do, I am underqualified, but the best I can find who will actually get the job done. In this case, both are in homeschooled families, so I am The Music Department of their school. I bought other instruments, and gave a few lessons, but the trombonists are the only ones who have stuck with it, now going on five months. We recently got into the more enjoyable phase where we can […]

making music for your health

You know you like it. You run your electronic music-producing electronics A LOT. Those of you who play a musical instrument, or sing feel good while you are doing it, as well as afterwards. Numerous studies show increased health, learning ability, brain capacity and more in those who make music – in any way… that includes the didgeredoo, the love of one co-author in the article below. The two of them studied and quantified the effects. Add this as one more research article supporting musicianship as a positive for humans. Click the links to the article for the whole thing. I admit to cutting out the didgeredoo-centric part as that is not my thing. The website has A LOT about […]

trombone humor

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