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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Sam Pilafian on the Secret to the Music Business

Andrew Hitz

I am here in Clemson, South Carolina with the Boston Brass All-Star Big Band and just had breakfast with my good friend and mentor, Sam Pilafian, at a Waffle House here in Clemson.  Our conversation quickly turned to the music business and as always, Sam had some really great nuggets of wisdom. One thing he kept referencing in relation to the music business was the "fluidity of battle." He summed this up with the following quote:

"There is going to be change today.  There is going to be change tomorrow.  Will you embrace it or fight it?"

What we were sure of yesterday will not be exactly the same today.  What we think we know today will change by tomorrow.  Do you embrace these facts of fight them? I think we all do a little of both, but the most successful among us embrace these facts at every turn.

I guess Marty Hackleman, JD Shaw and Chris Castellanos will have to do.

(In case you missed it, check out these great quotes on chamber music from Sam Pilafian.)