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Mythical records 
09:16pm 15/11/2008

Mythical records, is now taking pre-orders for their new compilation "Odyssey of Rapture" vol. 1. The album includes neo-classical compositions by Abandoned Toys, Library Tapes, The synthetic dream foundation, Hannah Fury, Samantha Bouquin, Ephemeral mists, and many more great composers/artists. The official release date is Dec. 10th 2008. The full track list includes:

1. David Reyes "The magic woods"
2. Library Tapes "The rivers turned to cobblestone"
3. Abandoned Toys "An expanding tremble"
4. Ephemeral Mists "A pale slumber"
5. Phanatos "Voyage (quest for the shores of aphrodite)"
6. Aranis "Vala"
7. The new pollutants "Kidnap theme"
8. Hana (Jeff Greinke & Anisa Romero) "Hide"
9. Michel Avannier "La rencontre"
10. The synthetic dream foundation w/ Hannah Fury "Trapeze"
11. MePhI "Crystal night"
12. Aonua "Spirit of the deep"
13. Fiona Joy Hawkins "Contemplating"
14. Samantha Bouquin "Tale for a sunken moon"
15. Scythelence "Transparent eyelids"
16. Enigma de Ultratumba "To my unrest"
17. Samanta Ray & Pete Ardron "Interuterion 3"

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Hi there 
05:57pm 15/03/2008
  I'm Caitlin and a member of my high school marching band.
My question is that I'm finally getting a new alto sax and I would like to know some person favorite brand names or what any of you all would recommend.
Thanks in advance :)

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Abandoned Toys!! 
04:08pm 12/03/2008

Abandoned Toys makes some of the most beautiful contemporary classical music that I have come across lately. If you like the genre, you should really look into their album, "The witch's garden".

Abandoned toys

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Hey y'all 
04:15pm 23/08/2007
  (I'm new!)
I'm a fourteen year old flautist, and have been playing since I was 8, which is, lets see, is....6 years! I was first chair in band last year, and could have been this year if we hadn't gotten a new teacher who doesn't like the chair idea. bleh!
wow! I feel very young compared to most of you! I see that some are in college or uni or whatever, and I'm in middle school! haha

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05:22pm 24/07/2007
  Hey people. I am a second year mused student at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, and entered on classical alto sax. My first instrument was clarinet but took up sax when all our saxophones left high school and the concert band was dominated by clarinets and I've been there ever since. I played bari in the university big band last year (which was fantastic) and am starting to learn flute as a part of the mused course (i can play a bit like...trills, and two scales :D) 

So, hi!

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Abandoned toys - contemporary classical 
12:42pm 01/07/2007

Abandoned Toys has a new beautiful album of contemporary classical music that is absolutely gorgeous. You should really consider picking it up, if you like modern classical music.


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07:10pm 10/06/2007
  oh boy....its been awhile since i posted here! About a whole year :/

anyway, im a graduated clarinet wood winnd captin... feels weird to know that next year, I won't be going to marching band rehersals any more :/

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Oboe Day at Mason! 
11:58pm 14/03/2007
  George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) is hosting an FREE Oboe Day on Saturday, March 31, from 10 am-3 pm, concluding with an awesome Senior Oboe Performance Recital given by one of my colleagues at 4.

Clinics include:
“Fixing Up Store-Bought Reeds” by Professor Lorrie Berkshire Brown, very useful for where we’re short on time;
“Woodwind Doubling and Improvisation” by international recording artist Charlie Pillow, where we invite you to dabble in some jazz oboe; and even
“The Oboe as a Global Endeavor,” hosted by T.W. Howarth of London manager, Michael Britton.

Be sure to also stop by our “World of Oboe Petting Zoo,” to try out oboes, oboe d’amores, and English horns.  We also have several double reed technicians on hand, for all your repairing needs.

Visit http://mason.gmu.edu/~aloerch1/oboe.html for more details.  Any questions, just e-mail me at aloerch1@gmu.edu.

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11:38am 26/11/2006
  so i love seeing pics of other bands!..

here are pics of our band 

hah! marching season is over... FOREVER! ... though ill prolly join one in college

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11:17pm 26/09/2006
  Hey Guys.
I was just wondering if anyone in Texas that has the Texas State Tryout Music  Cd for bassoon, if you could upload it for me.
Please and thankssss..

<3 Carlos

P.S. I'm taking private lessons with this guy, and he is the best thing every since band camp.

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International Flute Society & International Piccolo Society! 
10:38am 05/07/2006
  Play flute?
Play piccolo?

Check out these two communities under new management!
flutesociety and piccolosociety!

You'll be sure to find something you're looking for.

XPosted at _woodwinds_, flute_music, flutemajors, flutes, piccfreak, and x_flutes

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11:48pm 08/06/2006
  Hey, my name is Ellen. I'm 22, I go to UMass Amherst. I primarily play clarinet, but I've been playing flute for a little under a year (and am ridiculously not good at it) and I just recently started learning oboe.

I take lessons at school as an elective, I may audition for the performance minor on clarinet. Haven't decided yet.

I play in a community band in my hometown, and I do small ensemble stuff ocassionally.

Just a hi to all. :)

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02:11pm 06/06/2006
mood: annoyed
So, listen to this, and tell me if this is fair. I was first chair wind ensemble bassoon this past year, but this year, this girl beat me. Now, I know what you're thinking. Blah blah blah, poor little first chair. But hear me out, ok? Now imagine this girl: Alright looking, blonde hair, blue eyes, a little heavy, mom thinks she is an angel on earth and is convinced that she is better than everyone else. Due to this fact, Momma makes sure she gets everything she wants by throwing fits...
Last year, when I beat her for first chair, she lied and told the band director that I had cussed her out, hence I had to "apologize" for something I didn't do >_<. She and I both play bass drum for marching season, and she had a "mood disorder" (made-up, mind you) that caused her not to be able to march more than half of the rehearsals (in fact, not even show up to half of them). So, the director told her she couldn't march at football games until she started showing up to practice. Did she start showing up? Hell no. So, UIL comes around, the MOST important marching show of the year, and little miss I'm too good for everyone else, still hasn't been to enough practices to know her sets. The directors, thinking for the sake of the band, pull her off of the show. Her mom from hell yells at the directors until they put her back in.
So, not only do I have a personal vendetta against this girl, but I'm first chair WE and she's 1st chair Symnphonic. I practiced my ass of for All-State band and went to State Solo and Ensemble on my memorized solo, of which she did neither. I worked SOOOOOO hard this year while she sat back and did her make-up/hair during band class when she was supposed to be playing. Auditions come around and I play SOOOO well that I am COMPLETELY confident that I made first chair again... The day of audition results, this is not so. Lil' Miss Pain in the Neck has beaten me. Though I am VERY unhappy, I remember that we can challenge, so I'm temporarily okay with the situation.
Our bass drum captain had to move to tenors, because of a lack of good drummers at our school. So the position of bass captain was up for grabs. Our director had two good senior choices, me and the other senior on the bass line. But who does he pick? Not either of the seniors, one of whom (me) is very very qualified. (I've been and executive officer for going on three years, I was pit captain for a year). No. He picks the inexperienced, junior, Lil Miss I Have a Mood Disorder so I can't show up for practice. HE PICKED HER FOR SQUAD LEADER! The girl that didn't show up to practices and would have been kicked out of the show for not knowing her sets, only saved by her mommy's bitching (pardon my mouth, guys).
Does anyone else feel that I was jaded? I feel very cheated out of my position/honor in band curing my SENIOR year because of this girl. She's taken everything from me, despite the fact that I've worked VERY hard while she has slacked off... Lemme know what you guys think.

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06:11pm 06/05/2006
  Hullo, i'm Lindsey and have played the clarinet since 5th grade. Now i'm in 11th grade, so I guess that makes it... almost 7 years now? I used to play in district band, but now I only play in my school's orchestra, since they have no band, unfortunately. My weakness is that I don't practice much, so i'm not that good. But I love clarinets anyway! Go clarinets!  

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05:14pm 06/04/2006
  well...my name is mario and ive played the alto sax for about 4 years and the bass clairnet for about four months. i hope to learn flute and basson in the future.  

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05:34pm 15/03/2006
I was just wondering if anyone else on here is going to the Heritage festival in San Diego next thursday-Sunday (23rd-26th)
If so, maybe Ill see you there!

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11:04pm 19/02/2006
  hi. don't know if i've formally introduced myself. i'm kate and i am a woodwind addict. i've played most of the woodwinds at some point in the last 20 or so years: flute, piccolo, oboe, english horn, and bassoon. i will, eventually, get around to learning clarinet (as i've got a blue one waiting to be played) and sax (if i ever get my hands on one). my main instrument for the last 15 years has been oboe with a 2 week crash course in english horn when i was 16 (i started on flute in elementary school, but fell in love with english horn within 5 seconds of picking it up).
now for my question...this is for you picc players out there. i've just recently picked picc back up after having not played one in 12 or 13 years, and that was for high school pep band. i'm playing picc for our community band concert coming up in a couple weeks because our usual picc player isn't doing this one. picc is not, and never has been, my strong suit. i only got ringered into playing it because i was the only other person to actually own a picc in band. i need suggestions on how to play it decently without piercing anybody's ears (especially mine or the oboe player sitting next to me). believe it or not, the conductor says i'm not playing loud enough. this is probably mostly due to my paranoia of piercing said eardrums. please help.

here's what we're performing:
He Shall Feed His Flock (flute)---------------------- Handel
Concerto For Clarinet (flute)------------------------Mozart
Zacatecas (picc)-----------------------------------Codina
Scossa Elettrica (picc)------------------------------Puccini
Fantasy On A Fiddle Tune (flute/picc)----------------Pierre La Plante
Chicago (flute/picc)-------------------------------Kander/Ricketts
American Overture (flute)--------------------------Jenkins
March Five (flute/picc)-----------------------------Latham
Blue Moon (flute)----------------------------------Rodgers/Hart
Alexander's Ragtime Band (picc)--------------------I. Berlin
Abram's Pursuit (picc)-----------------------------Holsinger


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08:08am 28/01/2006
  Hello all. My name's Lauren. I play the flute and piccolo, at the moment, and am working on learning the sax. So, yeah. That's pretty much it. Oh! And just an interesting tidbit; my piccolo is purple. :)


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01:41pm 11/12/2005
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Can someone help me with this? I'm not sure what notes to play for these turns. I THINK that on the E it should be E, F sharp, E, E Flat and on the D it should be D, E, D, D Flat. But I'm not sure. Anyone know? Thank you so much for your help!

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04:31pm 27/11/2005
  Hello. My name's Ashlee. I play clarinet and I have been looking for some pretty challenging pieces to learn. I'm not a real great player, but I enjoy learning whatever comes my way. I do love my clarinet a lot.  

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