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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

The Brass Junkies: JD Shaw

Andrew Hitz

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I hate to say nice things about him because he's one of my best friends but JD Shaw is simply one of the best horn players and teachers in the world. He is currently Associate Professor of Horn at the University of South Carolina and is my former colleague from Boston Brass.

JD talks about a new quartet that I'm in with him (along with Lance LaDuke and David Cutler) called Cones and Tones and about what it's like writing for horn, euphonium, tuba and piano. He also shares some fascinating insights into how the market for chamber music is changing and lists some of his favorite chamber groups.

And there are a couple of old Boston Brass war stories as well!

Please don't tell him I called him one of the best players and teachers in the world. I will deny it.


JD's bio at the University of South Carolina
Buy some of JD's arrangements at Potenza Music

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Produced by Austin Boyer of FredBrass.