Upcoming Gigs

It’s the end of the school year wrap-up time. On top of that, I’ve been booked for lots of gigs and some commissioned arrangements, keeping me too busy to be able to do that much blogging lately. Things should hopefully open up a bit after this week and I’ll return to a more normal schedule here.

In the mean time, I’m doing some public performances this weekend. If you are in the area and can come out, please do.

Low-Down Sires LogoFriday night, June 13, 2014, the Low-Down Sires are performing at the Mothlight in west Asheville, NC. We just got back last weekend from playing Stompology, a huge swing dance festival held in Rochester, NY (I didn’t get to go to any of the ITF being held up there the same weekend). The show starts at 9:30 and there’s a $5 cover charge. The very next day, June 14, 2014, I’ll be playing again with the Low-Down Sires at the Virginia Beach Lindy Exchange. The “Great Gatsby Gala” we’re performing at starts at 7 pm at Danceport VA in Virginia Beach.

AJO-Logo-Transparent copyThen on Sunday, June 15, 2014, I’m back in western North Carolina playing and directing the Asheville Jazz Orchestra for a special Father’s Day show at the White Horse Black Mountain. Ron Whitmore will be our special guest on vocals for this show.

I hope to see some of you at one of this weekend’s shows. Please be sure to come say hello to me if you do make it out.

New Pages Added

Some of you (well, one of you) had been asking for examples of my music.  I finally got around to uploading more sound files and complied them into my Audio page.  I’ve also put together a single page for my YouTube video casts on my Vods page.  You can always access those pages, and others, in the menu above the site header.  As I get around to uploading new content I will add them to those new pages.

You might also notice a page set up for listing Podcasts.  I will be soon adding a series of podcasts about appreciating and understanding jazz specifically geared to casual musicians and non-musicians interested in learning more about jazz and its history.  As I get everything set up these podcasts should be available to download either on that page or through iTunes.

New Look, Layout Issues

You may have noticed the new look.  After changing the WordPress theme I noticed that it created some issues with the paragraph spacing and block quotes.  Please be patient while I try to figure out how to correct those issues.  If you notice something else that needs fixing, please let me know.

Update – I’ve worked out a solution for the paragraph spacing, but the block quotes fix is still eluding me.  Anyone know how to write CSS?  And is it just me or are the pages loading very slowly for you too?

Update 2 – Block quotes are now showing up properly.  I think everything should be fine now, but please let me know if you spot something that needs fixing.

Missing Posts

I’ve discovered why posts have gone missing.

This email is to inform you that we detected a storage hardware problem, involving a single MYSQL server, Saturday, September 17, 2011. We took immediate action to restore from backups, and while all of the data should be restored, some customers may still have missing data.

You did not previously have Database Backup enabled, therefore, we have restored your website to the last system backup on August 10, 2011.

Unfortunately I haven’t made any manual backups recently either, so the content added since August 10th are largely gone (not completely, I’ve got backups of a couple of them).  It’s too bad, but nothing worth worrying about.  I’ll go back and recreate some of them when I get time.  In the mean time, I’m been considering doing a little redesigning, so perhaps this will be a good time to do that.

Back From Traveling, Site Difficulties, and Slide Technique

In case anyone has noticed the lack of updates lately, I’m back from traveling and will begin regular posting shortly.  I’m also aware that there are some difficulties with comments and some pages may be inaccessible.  As soon as I can figure out what the problem is I’ll get them corrected.

In the mean time, if you want a trombone blog fix I recommend you check out Brad Edwards’ BoneZone blog.  Here’s a nice post about the Yin and Yang for Slide Technique that has some good food for thought.


Welcome to Wilktone.  You can find information here on a wide range of musical topics, including brass playing, jazz, composition, and more.  If you’re here to look for information about brass embouchures you might want to start with the embouchure FAQ.

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Site Migration Complete

It didn’t take as long as I expected, so the old site now just redirects to here.  I apologize if I screwed up anything you had bookmarked, but you should be able to find it over here.  I did do some pruning of the blog entries, mostly ones that were time sensitive.  There were a few posts that were mostly links to other sites that didn’t get moved, but I will likely post them again over here later.

You may find some bugs floating around in the pages here, including some missing images or broken links.  I’ll try to go through and get them fixed when I can, but if you spot something and want to help, please leave a comment at that page or contact me.

Under Construction

Please excuse the mess while I get things sorted out.  If you’re looking for some specific content, you might find what you’re looking for here.  Bear in mind that if you bookmark one of those pages your link will be broken in the near future.  Come back here to find it.