Special thanks to Chris Werner and Kentucky Graham for working with me in the studio this month. I think we make a good team. I know we have a lot of fun.
With my family home working and schooling during the Pandemic Winter, my duties at home have taken precedence over my studio time. However, the world is beginning to reopen and I am turning my attention back to Tubadadian tasks. The lights are back on at the TubaDad Channel.
Work is almost done refreshing and reorganizing my workspace. Once organized, I will be ready working on content. I am taking some music into the studio in May. I expect to be playing live by summer time with the Vereins-Musikanten and the Ohio Military band. That’s enough on my plate right now.
Once I equilibrate to the summer schedule, I will be mixing my recordings with a little help from my friends. I have a list of ideas that I could turn my attention to at that point. Hopefully one or two of them are good ideas.
I have always been interested in recorded music. As a boy, I sat in front of the speakers of my family’s console record player to listen to LPs and the radio. Then it was 45 singles in my room. Then cassettes (my brother’s Walkman). By the time I got a dual cassette player, I had learned to play a few instruments. I used the dual deck to make my own track over track recordings. I wrote and recorded a few songs that way in high school. Then I moved on to a 4 track cassette recorder. Next was in a studio with a big reel-to-reel and a nice board. Then an upgraded studio space with ADAT. Since that time, it’s all been computers.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, I have been writing and recording some ideas for music I hope to release in 2021. When the pandemic is deemed over, I will be turning my attention to KentuckyJam.org, a non-profit where I serve as President and act as mentoring producer. So far, I’ve helped produce two albums through KentuckyJam.org. One for guitarist/singer/songwriter Rus Powell. The other for singing-songwriting-married-couple During the pandemic, KentuckyJam.org is pretty much shut down. However, the search is open for the next artist to support. You can find out more about that at www.kentuckyjam.org.
Two months after establishing a weekly publishing deadline for my TubaDad channel on YouTube, I am still finding my way. A lot of my content to date could be construed as teaching. However, I would describe my approach more like informal sharing. My content is not based on any teaching methods or techniques.
As for my educational background, I have a BA with Honors (I say it that way because I can) in German Studies from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to my degree in language, I have college music credit from College-Conservatory of Music at UC as well from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Eastern Kentucky University School of Music. After graduation, I did an additional year of graduate study in German Language and Literature with coursework in second language acquisition.
During my time at UC, I taught three sections of Beginning German and co-taught a course in Holocaust Literature.
I do have some experience teaching marching band and private lessons for tuba, euphonium/baritone, trombone, and bass guitar.
I have published a TubaDad video on YouTube every Friday for five weeks now. I have seven followers and a video with as many as 21 views, so I’m feeling pretty big time.
Really, I’m just learning the ropes. I can see several places where I want to improve. It’s my hope that my videos will gain polish as I continue.
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Like a lot of people, I have been helping my kids with remote learning in 2020. My twin primary school kids were learning about instrument families in music class during the spring. I made a video to provide a supplement to their work. After getting positive feedback, I made another video and have now decided to publish a new one every Friday.
Here’s my second video: