The past couple of years or so I’ve been a clinician for the Lake Norman Big Band, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. Each year after their summer break they have a day-long band camp where they bring in clinicians to work with each section of the big band band and then host an informal performance for friends and family (followed by dinner). I’ll be working with the trombones again this year, Will Campbell (from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte) is working with the saxes again, Bill Lawing (Davidson College) is the trumpet clinician, and Noel Freidline (“parts unknown”) is the rhythm section clinician. Even though this band is mostly comprised of amateur players, they are all serious about sounding good and it’s really a very fine big band.
While I’m in the Charlotte, NC area this Saturday (August 23, 2014) I may be able to find time after 5 PM to get together for embouchure lessons in the area before I head back to Asheville. If you want to try to meet up drop me a line here.