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This is version 0.54 of the Horn Players' FAQ, last [Yamaha YHR667D]
modified on 03 Sep 97, 16:21:32 CDT. Maintainer of the
FAQ is Ron Boerger, rboerger@io.com, aka TheHornist@aol.com .. this document
is copyrighted; see here for more information.

First, a note about what this FAQ is, and is not. It is a collection of
commonly-asked questions about the French Horn. It does NOT represent the
views of the International Horn Society (IHS), although I am a member of
that group. Originally, this FAQ was designed to handle questions that
cropped up frequently on what used to be the IHS' Horn e-mail list.
Nowadays, it is just the Horn mailing list, as membership is open to any and
all. In a like vein, once you have joined the mailing list, you are NOT a
member of the IHS! To join the IHS, please see the entry below on the IHS
itself.

This FAQ is the sole external reference cited by Encyclopedia Britannica


Online regarding the [French] Horn :-) It (in somewhat modified form) was
also selected as a "Hot Link of the Week" [Brass Instruments] by Music
Interactive.

The master location for this FAQ is


http://www.io.com/~rboerger/Hornfaq.html. A plain text version is stored at
http://www.io.com/~rboerger/plaindocs/horn.faq, and this version may also be
obtained via ftp at ftp://ftp.io.com/pub/usr/rboerger/horn.faq.

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Changes since last major revision [0.50, 10 Apr 96]:

* 0.54: made manufacturer listings, etc. tabular, added some links, "So,
you want to buy a new horn" link, etc.
* 0.53: Added sections on double horn, descants, wraps
* 0.52: Major maintenance update; info on the NWHS, etc.
* 0.51: No changes to the FAQ, but a version incorporating frames is now
available at http://www.io.com/~rboerger/hornfaq.html. Thanks to Bill
Muth for the html!
* 0.50: [Image] I will use this icon (thanks to Yahoo) to indicate things
that have changed since the last numbered release.
* 0.50: Incorporated a lot of piddly changes, added a section for summer
horn camps, etc.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the Hornists' Mailing List, and the horn:

1. Why isn't this formatted with HTML?


2. Is it "french" horn?
3. What is a FAQ?
4. What is the Hornists' Mailing List?
o a. How do I subscribe to the mailing list?
o b. How do I send a message to the mailing list?
o c. Who do I send questions to about the mailing list?
o d. Can I send mail about other musical instruments to this mailing
list?
o e. How do I cancel my list membership?
5. The IHS ..
o a. what is the IHS?
o b. Aims and Purposes
o c. how can I join?
o d. When is the next IHS conference?
o e. Does the IHS have a web site? Where is it?
6. Speaking of conferences, what other horn-related conferences are there?
7. Are there any other brass mailing lists?
8. Are there any other musical mailing lists or newsgroups?
9. Is there a horn newsgroup?
10. How do I get to the newsgroup?
11. What are the names/addresses of horn manufacturers?
12. What are the names/addresses of horn dealers and suppliers?
13. What are the names/addresses of horn ensemble music suppliers?
14. What music is available for horn ensemble?
15. What horn ensembles are out there? Contact info? (note: these are not
endorsements of any group/person by the IHS or the maintainer of the
list or the FAQ.)
16. Where can I get my horn repaired?
17. How can I improve my:
o a. range (and what are the fingerings?)
o b. endurance
o c. tone quality
o d. technique
18. How do I find out about
o a. full-time positions with symphonies, etc. [Image]
o b. part-time or "one-shot" gigs
19. What's the difference between a "single" and a "double" horn?
20. What is a "descant" horn?
21. What is a "natural" or "hand" horn?
22. What are the "Geyer" and "Kruspe" wraps?
23. How old is my horn?
24. Are there any "WWW" sites for the horn?
25. What are some pieces with great horn parts?
26. What are some summer horn camps/festivals? [Image]
27. What are some good books/etc. for beginning players?
28. Where can I get more information about the internet/usenet?
29. Contributors to this FAQ
30. Who the heck is Ron Boerger?

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1. Why isn't this formatted in HTML (for you WWW users)

It is, thanks to Bill Muth, who tired of reading in in plaintext. ;-)

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2. Is it "french" horn?

Only in the United States, Canada, and the U.K. is the horn known as the
"french" horn. Most European literature deems the instrument simply "horn"
[cor, etc.] and most purists follow that nomenclature. It's a sad fact,
however, that in the US, outside of the music community, telling someone
that you play horn will usually elicit a "Oh? What kind of horn,
trumpet?"-type response. We won't even go into the disgusting habit that
saxophone players have of calling their instruments "horns". Look, guys,
this is a reed, and therefore it's not a horn of any kind!

For what it's worth, the International Horn Society's official opinion is
that it is the Horn that we all play.

Marilyn Kloss (mkloss@mga.com) adds:

> I thought it was in Britain where the term originated, of course carried
> over here. I agree with your writer that it is frustrating and annoying
> that people in general don't know what a "horn" is. Actually, try talking
> to the general public about "English horn" and see what you get!

Seth Urion (SURION@VAX2.Winona.MSUS.EDU) relates Barry Tuckwell's thoughts:

> The name for the instrument in English speaking countries, meaning England,
> came from the fact that hunting horns differed greatly from England to the
> continent, France in particular. While French hunting horns were large,
> worn over the shoulder, and looked roughly similar to what we now call
> simply a "hunting horn", British hunting horns were much smaller, say ten
> inches in diameter, held in a single hand, and pitched signifigantly higher.
> Thus, to differentiate between what the Brits' called a "horn" and the
> larger thing we call a "horn", the larger modern instrument was given the
> prefix "French", as it reminded them of the continental hunting horn.
> This also explains why the continental types don't call it anything but a horn.

Finally [!], from Alan Cole (AlanCarolC@aol.com) comes musings from


long-time hornist Glen Wren:

> 1. The Horn, often incorrectly referred to as the "French Horn" was not
> developed in France, but in the Alps of the Germanic countries, commonly used
> to warn animal intruders who threatened the shepherd's flock. The instrument
> was constructed entirely of wood and straw, and the conical designed
> mouthpiece was also wooden. Since those sparse beginnings, the Horn went
> through a miriad of changes in order to make it more appropriate to play
> diatonically, but , for some unknown reason, kept its conical bore design
> which gave it the unique tone quality we identify as the Horn sound. Since
> the French dominated most of the Alpine region during this developmental
> stage of the horn, the term "French Horn" became a popular term which has
> stuck with us 'til this day. Bottom line, the "Horn" should never be called
> a "French Horn," unless you are speaking with the uninformed public, or don't
> want to get involved in a heated discussion because you are busy dumping out
> the spit, and only have 8 measures of rest to do so.

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3. What is a FAQ?

Among the Usenet and Internet community, it soon became obvious after the
first common mailing lists/newsgroups were established, the same questions
would come up over and over again. This becomes annoying after a while .. so
the tradition of the FAQ evolved. A FAQ (which stands for Frequently Asked
Questions) is a list of commonly asked questions and answers to those
questions, and is sent out periodically to the mailing list membership. This
reduces traffic to *new* and hopefully *exciting* questions.

FAQs are not meant to be static documents. If you have a correction, or


suggestion for the FAQ, please send it to THE FAQ MAINTAINER, not the
mailing list. Contributors' names and email addresses will be listed in the
FAQ unless they state otherwise.

This FAQ is sent out on the 1st of each month. Comments should be sent to
Ron Boerger, rboerger@io.com. THIS IS NOT WHERE YOU SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIST;
see item 4 below.
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4. What is the Hornists' Mailing List?

The International Horn Society (IHS) has, for a period of time, "sponsored"
this list as a means for horn players to communicate with one another on
topics of interest to the horn community in general. Any sort of question,
announcement, or posting that involves the horn is appropriate for this
group. It is NOT, however, a place to discuss general music theory, brass
ensembles, or other topics that do not have relevance to horn players.

Although membership was originally (Feb 1994) limited to those hornists who
were members of the IHS, that restriction was lifted in May, 1994. Now, all
you have to do is be interested in horn to be added to the email list.
Rumour has it there's even a saxophone player on the distribution somewhere.

We have all levels of hornists on the distributions; professional hornists,


teachers of the instrument, student hornists, semi-pros and people who just
enjoy playing (or listening to) the horn. You don't have to do this for a
living to join the group!

You will also get more information when you subscribe to the list. A copy of
this info may be obtained by sending the text "info horn" as the body of a
message to " majordomo@spock.nlu.edu".

a. How do I subscribe to the mailing list?

Simply send a message to " majordomo@spock.nlu.edu". The body of your


message should state the following, EXACTLY:

subscribe horn
end

After you send this message, you will receive a reply from the list server;
after this point, you're on the horn mailing list!

A digest form of the list is now available! This lets list subscribers
receive a single message per day with all postings for that day concatenated
together. Many people find digests less obtrusive than 10 or 20 messages
daily, especially if they are getting their email at work. To subscribe to
the digest, send the message below to majordomo@spock.nlu.edu:

subscribe horn-digest
end
If you're already signed up for the horn list, you'll need to unsubscribe
from it first, and then resubscribe as the instructions above state
(actually, you can just send one message with three lines; one to
unsubscribe from horn, one to subscribe to the digest as above, and an end
line).

If you have friends that might be interested, PLEASE GIVE THEM THIS
INFORMATION; administrative requests such as this should NOT go to the horn
distribution itself.

b. How do I send a message to the mailing list?

Compose your message with your choice of mailer, then send it to:

horn@spock.nlu.edu

If you think of it, putting HORN: in the subject line might help some people
filter the messages. Your subject line should be descriptive so that those
of us who receive literally hundreds of messages per day can easily decide
if they want to take the time to look at the body.

c. Who do I send questions to about the mailing list?

If you have questions about how the list is administered, whether or not you
are getting mail, or other administrative questions, they should go to Dr.
Greene (MUGREENE@ALPHA.NLU.EDU). Questions about the FAQ should go to
rboerger@io.com. Questions about postings to the list should be directed to
the originator of the posting, unless you feel that your question has
interest to the entire group; in this case, post your question to
horn@spock.nlu.edu.

d. Can I send mail about other musical instruments to this mailing list?

Generally not; this list is for horn-specific topics, although occasionally


we may touch on other things in the course of a horn question. See items 7 &
8 below for some other mailing lists that may be of interest.

e. How do I cancel my list membership?

Send a message consisting of the text, "unsubscribe horn", to


majordomo@spock.nlu.edu. You will get a confirmation that your membership in
the list has been terminated by your request. Naturally, if you subscribed
to the digest, send unsubscribe horn-digest instead. In either case, you'll
have to unsubscribe from the same email address that you subscribed from ..
majordomo has no way of knowing that your new, different address is for the
same person as your old one.

Again, we ask that you do NOT send a cancel request to the horn mailing list
itself.
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5. The IHS

a. What is the IHS?


The International Horn Society [IHS] was formed in June of 1970 for the
purpose of furthering knowledge about the Horn and its literature, as well
as to promote communications among its players. These goals now extend into
virtually every aspect of the instrument itself, its literature, and the
techniques by which we can better communicate as musicians.

The Society has something to offer every player or Horn enthusiast. For
those interested in technique, there are articles in the HORN CALL (the IHS
Journal), and lectures, master classes, and clinics at its workshops. For
those interested in literature and performance, there are music and record
reviews in the HORN CALL plus recitals and exhibits at the workshops. If you
are someone interested in knowing more about the physical aspects of the
instrument, there have been several major acoustical studies reported in the
HORN CALL, and it is possible to speak directly with many of the Hornmakers
who exhibit at the workshops.

In addition, you will receive details and scholarly research stuides


pertaining to the Horn as published in the Society's refereed journal, The
Horn Call Annual. Members also receive an annual Directory listing the
membership of the IHS. Four Newsletters are published each year to keep the
membership informed of immediate horn news and activities.

For the rest ... there is a communication (and a commiseration) - which


replenished the spirit, restores the faith, and renews the determination to
be a stronger player and a better musician.

The IHS is more than an organization, it is an opportunity to participate in


the very best of what the Horn has to offer. Please join us.

b. Aims and Purposes

The purpose of this society shall be to promote musical education with


particular reference to the horn. In pursuit of its aims and purposes, the
Society and its members:

* Hold and encourage workshops, lectures, and seminars open to the


public.
* Publish a Journal consisting of materials appropriate to the horn, as
well as periodic newsletters and membership lists.
* Encourage the awarding of grants and scholarships to competition
winners.
* Encourage composers and arrangers to write music featuring the horn.
* Foster competitions for and the commissioning of new repertoire
featuring the horn.
* Establish and foster an Archives/Research Facility pertaining to the
horn and horn playing.
* Establish close working relationships with music teachers.
* Present honors and recognition for distinctive service relating to the
horn.

c. How can I join?

As of this writing [Dec 1996], IHS dues are:

* Regular Membership: $30/year


* Three-year membership: $75
* Life Membership: $500
You may print this application out and mail it to the address listed below,
or contact Heidi Vogel (hvogel@ptialaska.net), Executive Secretary of the
IHS, for more information.
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INTERNATIONAL HORN SOCIETY Date: ___/___/___


MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
[from the Horn email FAQ]

Please Print or Type Reg. Membership:


$30.00/year
Name: _________________________________________________ 3 years: $75.00
(first) (initial) (last)

Telephone: (____) ________________

Address: ______________________________________________ Life Membership: $500


(once)
______________________________________________
Membership year is
______________________________________________ calendar year,
beginning with
receipt of dues
email address (optional): ____________________________

Payment must be by U.S. Check, U.S. Bank Draft, or International Money Order,
made payable to "International Horn Society". Send with this completed
application to: Heidi Vogel, Executive Secretary, IHS
8180 Thunder Street
Juneau AK 99801
USA

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d. When is the Next IHS Conference?

The 1998 International Horn Summit will be held 2-8 June, 1998, in Banff,
Alberta, Canada. The triumvirate of Froydis Ree Werke, David Hoyt (Edmonton
Symphony), and Isobel Moore Rolston (Banff Centre) will co-host the event.

The conference already has a basic URL, at:

http://www.banffcentre.ab.ca/Music/horn.html

The 1999 Conference will likely be held somewhere in Europe, although there
is a certain amount of sentiment for it to be held in China. The IHS is
actively seeking bids from those interested in hosting the event.

For those wondering why seemingly many of the IHS conferences are held in
North America, it has been because bids from other locations to hold the
conference have been few and far between. Want to have a conference in your
country? Contact the IHS.

What goes on at an IHS conference? Follow this link to read "Reports from
Rochester", an unofficial summary of each day's goings-on at the 1997
conference.

e. Does the IHS have a web site? Where is it?


Yes!! The IHS' official site is on-line at http://www.wmich.edu/horn. It is
a fact-filled, visually pleasing site created by Bruce Hebmd, a.k.a.
"Horndog" and creator of the Thomas Bacon home page. You can get complete
information about the IHS by visiting this wonderful site.

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6. Speaking of conferences, what other horn-related conferences are there?

There are several yearly horn conferences, held both in the US and in other
countries. As more information becomes available, it will be posted here.
The only conferences I have solid information on are:

Call of the Wild Horn Festival


Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada
05-07 September 1997
Contact: Jeff Gaye, +1 (403) 639-2291, +1 (403) 840-8000 x8184

Scheduled to appear: David Hoyt, Gerald Onciul, Mary Pearon, Tom


Staples, William Gordon, Canadian Forces Horn Choir. Other activites
include massed horn choir, master classes, and more.

Horn, Hand Horn, Baroque Horn Master Class Week


Sillico di Castelnuovo Garfagnana-Lucca, Italy
09-15 September 1997
Contact: Paul Thomas, c/o Paruzzolo via V. E. Orlando, 7; 35100 Padova,
Italy
phone 0039049-8072606, Fax 0039-49-810866, email
parenzan@intercity.shiny.it

Featured Artist: Michael Thompson


The course is intended for fourteen horn players of professional or music
college
level who wish to improve their musicality, technique, and endurance over
a
week of intense practice.

Taller Regional de Trompas en Puerto Rico


Conservatory of Music, Santurce, Puerto Rico
07-08 November 1997
Contact: Roberto Rivera, Badorioty Gardens, Apt 1-A, Santurce Puerto Rico
00907
phone: +1 (787) 723-7178/+1 (787)723-0976, Fax +1 (787) 723-0846

Guest Artists: Rafael Irizarry, Raimundo Diaz, Pedro Mojica, Roberto


Rivera
Will feature exhibits, ensembles, a concert by the Puerto Rico Symphony,
and
clinics by the artists mentioned above.

1998 Northeast Horn Workshop


Crane School of Music, Potsdam, New York, USA
17-19 April 1998
Contact: Roy Shaberg, Rt 1 Box 3, Potsdam NY 13676
phone: +1 (315) 265-6938, Fax +1 (315) 267-2413, e-mail
shabeal@potsdam.edu

More information forthcoming later this year!

Additionally, the Horn Call is an excellent source for conference


information, and is another reason why you should join the International
Horn Society.

Some of the conference information is from the IHS Newsletter, copyright �


1997, International Horn Society, and is reprinted here by permission.

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7. Are there any other brass mailing lists?

Yes! Try these for starters:


email brass-request@gly.fsu.edu, stating that you want to
subscribe to the Brass Mailing List. You can specify
Brass Digest: digest (1 message/day) or individual messages (many
messages/day).

The list maintainer is Ted Zateslo at the above address.


send a message containing the line

subscribe tubaeuph

Tuba-Euphonium: to
listproc@u.washington.edu

The list maintainer is Joseph Dyvig,


bssplyr@u.washington.edu.
Send a one line message (no Subject:) to:

majordomo@parnassus.dana.edu

Trumpet: with the message:


subscribe tpin [or, tpin-digest]

The list maintaner is Michael Anderson. The web site is


http://trumpet.dana.edu/~trumpet.
Send a one line message (no Subject:) to:

listproc@lists.missouri.edu
Trombone:
with the message:

sub trombone-L Your Name

Send a message (no Subject:) to:

majordomo@austx.tandem.com

containing the text:

subscribe community-music
Community Music: end

or, for the digest version,

subscribe community-music-digest
end

home page: http://www.io.com/~rboerger/community.html


Send a message to:
Brass Bands: listserver@smsltd.demon.co.uk
containing the text:
subscribe brass-band YourName

Saxophone: When will you sax people get it through your head that
the Sax is NOT A BRASS INSTRUMENT! :-)
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8. Are there any other musical mailing lists or newsgroups?

There are many "usenet news groups" on the topic of music. As of May 1995,
here is a list of some "music" related newsgroups:

rec.music.cd
rec.music.christian
rec.music.classical
rec.music.classical.performing
rec.music.compose
rec.music.info
rec.music.makers
rec.music.makers.bands
rec.music.makers.marketplace
rec.music.makers.percussion
rec.music.makers.french-horn
rec.music.makers.trumpet
rec.music.marketplace
rec.music.misc
rec.music.movies
rec.music.reviews
rec.music.video

Please note: These are just a few of the groups that are available.

There are also mailing lists available for other instruments. As we find out
about them, they will be added to the list.

The canonical USENET list of musical mailing lists can be obtained by any of
the following methods:

via finger ayukawa@server.berkeley.edu

by sending email to lomml@arastar.com; no special commands are required;

via anonymous FTP at:


ftp://server.berkeley.edu/pub/misc/lomml
ftp://ftp.uwp.edu/pub/music/misc/mail.lists.music
on the World Wide Web (WWW) in plaintext at:
http://www.shadow.net/~mwaas/lomml.html

list maintained by Mitchel Waas, mwaas@shadow.net


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9. Is there a horn newsgroup?

A recent CFD/CFV for the group rec.music.makers.french-horn was submitted


and passed by C. J. Liotta. While I personally find the name of the group
anaethema, it has passed according to all the guidelines and the group has
been propogated. It is unclear at this point if the newsgroup and the
mailing list will ever be tied together; the amount of traffic on the
newgroup is perhaps 10-20% that of the mailing list.
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10. How do I get to the newsgroup?

It's really beyond the scope of this document to tell you how to get the
newsgroup, because there are so many different systems. If you are using a
newsreader such as rn, trn, etc, you can subscribe by entering the command,
"grec.music.makers.french-horn". If you are on AOL, you will have to use the
"Expert Add" command under "Newsgroups", and just enter
"rec.music.makers.french-horn" at the prompt. Other news browsers should
have similar mechanisms.

If, after entering the correct subscription command, *and* the correct
newsgroup name, you get a message stating something like "no such
newsgroup", talk the the people responsible for administering your system
about manually adding the group. Some sites do not automatically add all
newsgroups, even ones validly created such as r.m.m.f-h.

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11. What are the names/addresses of horn manufacturers?

If you are thinking about buying a new horn, and are unsure where to start,
you may want to look at "So, you want to buy a new horn?", a somewhat
irreverent but hopefully useful compendium on information on the topic.

Horn Manufacturers & Representatives within the US

[Mark] Atkinson Music Conn United Musical Instruments USA, Inc.


(custom made horns) (8D, 10D)
2155 Verdugo Blvd, Suite 118 1000 Industrial Parkway
Montrose, CA 91020 Elkhart, IN 56516
+1 818 547-0976 1 800 759-2666 (Customer Service - US/Canada)
+1 219 295-0079
Finke of North America Karl Hill
(also "TuneUp") (Kortesmaki Horn Shop - custom horns)
14232 Marsh Lane, Suite 126 1474 Calvin S.E.
Dallas, TX 75234 Grand Rapids, MI 49507
phone/fax: (804) 741-6852 +1 616 247-1475
Lark In The Morning
(Alphorns)
PO Box 1176
Mendocino, CA 95460 USA
LarkInfo: +1 707 964-3762
Mail Order: +1 707 964-5569
Fax: +1 707 964-1979
email: larkinam@mcn.org
homepage:
http://www.mhs.mendocino.k12.ca.us/MenComNet/Business/Retail/Larknet/larkhp.html
"The Alphorn is a long horn. made of hardwood and covered in birch bark, so long
that the bell rests on the ground when played."

Lawson Brass Instruments, Leblanc-Holton


Inc. (MerkerMatic, Farkas, Super Farkas, Tuckwell)
(Custom horns) G. Leblanc Corp.
21023 Keadle Road 7001 Leblanc Blvd
P.O. Box 38 Kenosha, WI 53141-1415
Boonsboro, MD 21713 800-558-9421 (US/Canada)
+1 301 733-6393 +1 414-658-1644 (International)
+1 414-658-2824 (Fax)
Rauch Natural Horns
S. W. Lewis Orchestral Horns Daniel Rauch, Horn Maker
1770 Berteau Ave c/o McCoy's Horn Library
Chicago IL 60613 3204 West 44th Street
+1 (312) 348-1112 Minneapolis, MN 55410
+1 612 927-6021
[see also the entry for Rauch Horns, Norway]
Richard M. Seraphinoff Yamaha Musical Products
Historical Instrument Maker P.O. Box 899
(natural horns) Grand Rapids, MI 49512
9245 East Woodview Drive +1 616 940-4900
Bloomington, IN 47401-9143 home page: http://www.yamaha.com/
+1 812 333-0167 [NB - I'd love to have some non-US addresses for
FAX: +1 812 337-0118 Yamaha, too]

Horn Manufacturers & Representatives outside the US

Gebr. Alexander Keith Berg


Bahnhofstrasse 9 (custom-made horns; SF Symphony uses
D-55116 Mainz extensively)
GERMANY General Delivery
phone: +49 6131 288080 Dunster, B.C. V0J 1J0
fax : +49 6131 224248 CANADA
phone: +1 604 968 4463
Finke GmbH & Co
Engelbert Schmid GmbH Metallblasinstrumentenbau
Kohlstattstrasse 8 Postfach 2006
D-87757 Kirchheim-Tiefenried Industriestrasse 7
GERMANY D-4973 Vlotho-Exter
phone: +49 8266 1579 GERMANY
Telefon: 0 52 28/3 23
Manfred Moennig
Knopf (custom horns; used in Leipzig
Bismarckstrasse 12 Gewandhaus Orchestra)
D-08258 Markneukirchen Fabrik Walter Moennig
GERMANY Ludwig-Jahn-Strasse 280
phone: +49 37422 2471 9659 Markneukirchen
GERMANY
Phone: +49 37422-2595
Paxman Musical Instruments, Ltd.
Unit B4, Linton House, 164-180 Union
Dieter Otto Street
Teisinger Berg 15 London SE1 0LH
84494 Neumarkt Sankt Veit ENGLAND
GERMANY FAX 0171 620 1688
Phone: +49 8639 1564 Workshop 0171 620 1990
0171 620 2077
0171 240 3642

Rauch Horns Rocky Mountain Alphorns


PROF. KOHTS VEI 77 1320 1629 Broadview Rd., NW
STABEKK - NORWAY Calgary, Alberta T2N 3H2
Phone: +47 67121199 Telefax: +47 CANADA
67121599 phone: +1 (403) 283-4468

12. What are the names/addresses of horn dealers and suppliers?

There are many fine local music stores which can give you the chance to try
out horns, and it is not the intent of this item to direct you away from
those. However, for a major purchase such as a horn (which can easily exceed
US $5000), mail order shops may give you a substantial discount, since at
least taxes are not usually payable from them. You may want to consider them
for this reason. Some of these include:

Horn dealers/suppliers within the U.S.

Altieri Greg Black


+1 303-291-0658 Phone: +1 718 897-6544

Horn gig bags, etc. Maker of mouthpieces; has all original


Giardinelli models available.

Brass Arts Unlimited


(used Alexanders, Conns; Brasswinds
"Canadian Brass" instruments) 19880 State Line Road
401 Mace Avenue South Bend, IN 46637
Baltimore MD 22121 USA 1-800-348-5003
+1 410 686-6108 fax: +1 219 277-2542
FAX: +1 410 686-5144

Steve Dillon Music


(classic used/new brass Giardinelli
instruments) 7845 Maltlage Drive
325 Fulton Street Liverpool, NY 13090 USA
Woodbridge, NJ 07095 1 800 288 2334 (US)
+1 908 634-3399/+1 908 +1 315 652 4792
634-4932 http://www.giardinelli.com/
email dillon01@aol.com

Tom Greer (Moosewood


mouthpieces)
Moosewood Hornists' Horn Accessories International
Requisites (hard gig bags &c)
PO Box 27333 c/o Joel Pereira
Phoenix, AZ 85061-7333 336 S. Dale Ave
+1 602 843-9714 Arlington Heights Il 60004
e-mail: Vox Mail (708) 604-0530
MOOSEWOODHR@worldnet.att.net

International Musical
Suppliers Osmun Music
105 West Prospect Avenue 5 Forest Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 Arlingtion, MA 02146
1 800 762-1116 +1 617-646-5756
+1 708 870-1112 1 800 223 7846
Fax: +1 708 870 1767 email: sales@osmun.com
Email: home page: http://www.osmun.com
73543.1004@compuserve.com

Ken Pope
(used German horns, e.g.
Schmidts, Geyers, Kruspes, Reunion Blues
Alexes) (gig bads & accessories)
+1 617 522-0532 http://www.reunionblues.com
email hornrx@aol.com

Stork Custom Mouthpieces


Darin Sorley Rt. 2 Box 1818
(mutes) Maple Hill Road
656 E. Pearl St. Plainfield, VT 05667
Greenwood, IN 46143 +1 802 454-1004
+1 (317) 885-1103 email: stork@plainfield.bypass.com
home page:
http://plainfield.bypass.com/bypass/users/stork

TrumCor
(mutes) Ward's Mutes
3456 Mockingbird Lane 2476 Bolsover St. #548
Dallas, TX 75205 Houston, TX 77005-2518
Phone:+1 214 521-0634 +1 (713) 668-0836
Fax: +1 214 521-1174 home page: http://www.dxs.com/wardmutes/

Wichita Band Instruments Company


2525 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67211
1 800 835 3006 (US/Canada)
+1 316 684 0291 (International)
http://www.wichitaband.com/

Horn dealers/suppliers outside the U.S.

Bernhard Schmidt
Zimmerstrasse 4
William Hopson 9659 Markneukirchen
(Alphorn Maker) GERMANY
1629 Broadview Rd. N.W. Phone: +49 37422-2178
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2N 3H2 Manufacturer of horn mouthpieces,
+1 403 283-4468 esp. German mfrd horns - Moenning,
Hoyer, Kruspe, Schmidt, Alexander
- and US and Yamaha horns in the
Geyer and Schmidt styles.
Tapestry Music Bob Tucci
home page: Horn and Tuba Center
http://domar.bc.ca/tapestry.html Hauptstr. 17-19
D-82223 Eichenau
Online brass catalog. GERMANY
email: BobTucci@aol.com

Additionally, some manufacturers will let you tour their plant and try out
whatever's currently in stock if you are seriously considering a purchase.

[NB - I will try to secure non toll-free numbers for those of you who cannot
take advantage of them]
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13. What are the names/addresses of horn ensemble music suppliers?

Purveyors of horn ensemble music in the US include:

Southern Music Co.


PO Box 329
San Antonio, TX 78292-0329 Margun Music Baltimore Horn Club
Pubs
USA 167 Dudley Rd. (Leigh Martinet
arrangements)
1 800 284 5443 Newton Centre, MASS, 02159 7 Chapel Court
Home page: +1 617-332-6398 Timonium, MD
21093
http://www.southernmusic.com
Thompson Editions, Inc.
231 Plantation Road
Roch Hill, SC 29732-9441
USA
+1 803 366-4446 [fax/tele]

The Hornist's Nest Calle Priorat, 4 TBQ Press


Box 253 E-08328 Alella (Barcelona) 2308 Don Andres
Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14226-0253 Spain Talahassee FL 32304
USA
(34) (3) 540-2721 email:
tbqt@freenet.fsu.edu
[fax/tele]
email:
100776.2440@compuserve.com
email:
thompsonsb@winthrop.edu
Sheet Music
Service
Spindrift Music Company Robert King of Portland
38 Dexter Road Music Sales, Inc. 34 N.W. 8th Ave.
Lexington MA 02173 USA 140 Main Street Portland, OR 97209-
3591
+1 617 862-0884 North Easton, MA 02356 USA FAX: +1 503-222-
9600
FAX: +1 508 238 2571 Phone: +1 503-222-
9607
Toll Free: 1-800-
452-1133

Theodore Presser Co. Onondaga Music Simon Sargon,


Composer
1 Presser Place 412 South Clinton Street (incl work for
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3490 Syracuse, NY 13202
horn/soprano/piano)
PH: (610) 525-3636 Tel: (800) 666-1665 8500 Hillcrest
FAX: (610) 527-7841 Fax: (315) 422-2334 Dallas, TX 75225
+1 214 526 8084
Jim Erwin
(Mozart #1 and #3, with McCoy's Horn
Library
Mozart-style piano Emerson Horn Editions (also Alphorn
*stuff*)
accompianiment) P.O. Box 101466 3204 West 44th
Street
P.O. Box 551442 Denver, CO 80250 Minneapolis, MN
55410
Dallas, TX 75355 +1 612 927-6021
Trombacor Music
Timber Ridge Music 5448 N. Tyler
Ave.
779 Old House Road Arcadia, Ca 91006-
5902
Pasadena, MD 21122 +1 818 448-1773
email: kenbell@erols.com email:
trombacor@flash.net
home page:
http://www.flash.net/~t
rombaco

International purveyors of horn music include:

Canadian
Music Centre
(specializ
es in music by
Thunderlip
Canadians)
23 Benlamond
Chalmers House
Ave. Ward Music 20 St.
Joseph Street
Toronto 412 West Hastings Street
Toronto, ON
Ontario M4E Vancouver, BC, CANADA
M4Y 1J9
1Y8 V6B 1L3 +1 (604) 682-5288
CANADA
CANADA +1 416
961 6601
FAX: +1
416 961 7198
Home
page:
http://www.ff
a.ucalgary.ca/cmc
June Emerson
(Wind Music) American
Horn Quartet
Ampleforth, N Studio Music Company (Music,
CDs of the AHQ)
Yorkshire 77-79 Dudden Hill Lane
Schulstrasse 3
Y06 4HF London NW10 1BD
Oberdrees
ENGLAND ENGLAND 53359
Rheinbach
Fax: +44 1439
GERMANY
788715 +49
2226-7302
Phoenix Music
Publications
(Kerry
Turner/AHQ,
and others) Hanz Pizka Edition
Jacob Postfach 1136 B.
Schott's Soehne
Obrechtstraat D-85541 Kircheim
Weihergarten 5
23 GERMANY D-
55116 Mainz
7512 DG Fax: (49) (89) 903-9414
GERMANY
Enschede email, or to obtain catalogue: phone:
(06131) 2460
THE 100524.735@compuserve.com fax:
(496131) 246250
NETHERLANDS home page:
phone: +31 53 http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/PizkaHans/
432.38.64
fax : +31 53
430.92.12
Alphonse Leduc
Editions Green Bay Music
Musicales, 28 Dolbear Street Green Bay, Auckland 1007, NEW
ZEALAND
175, Rue
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Green_Bay_Music
Saint-Honore' email: 100243.2322@compuserve.com (David Woodcock)
Paris FRANCE phone: +64 9 817 3295 fax: +64 9 849 4642
[many more...email them to me and I'll include them here]

See also the WWW entry for the Norwegian Music Information Centre.
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14. What music is available for horn ensemble?

You name it, someone's likely to have transcribed it. The key is to find
it... the above can usually send you a catalog.
In addition, it's often pretty easy to transcribe music written for brass
ensemble to horn ensemble; of course, you should contact the copyright owner
of the brass ensemble arrangement for legal specifics.
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15. What horn ensembles are out there? Contact info?

New England Horn Society


c/o Marilyn Bone Kloss
1 Concord Greene Unit 8
Concord MA 01742-3124

Tel: +1 508-369-0011 (home)


Fax: +1 508-369-0013 (work)
email: kloss@mga.com (work)

Publishes Cornucopia newsletter and holds meetings a few times


a year in the Boston area (kloss@mga.com)
Cornucopia is available via the Osmun Brass home page ..
http://www.osmun.com/. Look under "What's New" for
the latest article.

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Austin Horn Ensemble


c/o Thomas Pavlechko, Music Director
St. Martin's Lutheran Church
606 W 15th St
Austin, TX 78701

Tel: +1 512-476-6757
email: rboerger@io.com
home page: http://www.io.com/~rboerger/AHE.html

Rehearsals weekly, performances several times yearly in the


Austin TX area, yearly recital
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Horn Club of Central Kentucky


8030 Elklick Falls Road
Lexington, KY 40515 USA
+1 606 263-9849
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Baltimore Horn Club


7 Chapel Court
Timonium, MD 21093 USA
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Maryland Horn Club


University of Maryland
email: bytesize@erols.com (Kathleen L. Long)
Rehearses Saturdays during the semester at the UM Band Hall.
Concerts yearly for retirement homes, and on campus
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Los Angeles Horn Club, c/o James Decker


University of Southern California Music Department
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0851
home page: http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAhorn

The Los Angeles Horn Club comprises many of the professional hornists
working in film studios on the West Coast. The home page contains
a photo of the group, work opportunities, the Los Angeles Horn
Club Library, and info about the International Video Audition
Service.

A text catalog is available. Also available is the "Master Series


for Horn", which includes a 120 page book, a two hour video,
excerpts of over 60 common audition requests, and an audio
cassette.
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Kammercor Horn Quartet


Moravian College, PA

Contact: Nancy A. Krause, MENAK01@moravian.edu


Home Page: http://www.io.com/~rboerger/kammercor.html
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Spokane Horn Club, c/o Carl Bangs


N. 33208 Shanna Drive
Chattaroy, WA 99003

The Spokane Horn Club has been in existence since about 1974 and has
between
20 and 30 adult members varying in ability from amateur to experienced
professionals. We meet monthly and perform frequently at a variety of
ommunity events ranging from Oktoberfest to Christmas and MPTF gigs of
various kinds. We have sponsored work-shops including one in 1991 with
Phil
Farkas, and have an annual weekend camp-out during the summer at South
Lake
Skookum in a national forest north of Spokane.
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Northwest Horn Society


c/o Kathleen Vaught Farmer, Professor of Horn
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma WA 98447-0003
email: farnerkv@PLU.edu
phone: (206) 535-7607

The Northwest Horn Society exists to promote the horn and horn playing in
the Northwest region of North America. The Northwest Horn Society
encourages concurrent membership in the International Horn Society.

Membership in the NWHS is open to any interested individual or


institution at the following yearly rates: Adult $15. IHS member $7.50,
Student $5.
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Norwegian Horn Club


Box 179, Sentrum
N-0102 Oslo
NORWAY

The club has about 220 members.

for more info, contact: tryfri@oslonett.no


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Nederlands Hoornisten Genootschap [Dutch Horn Society]


Po-Box 294
1000 AG Amsterdam
THE NETHERLANDS

Publishes a magazine, "Uijlenspieghel". Both professional and


amateur hornists are welcome.
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The American Horn Quartet is perhaps the best-known


touring, professional Horn ensemble. You can get more information about
the
group by following the link.

Trivia fact: Your FAQ maintainer was a contemporary of AHQ's Kerry Turner
when both were growing up in San Antonio, Texas.
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16. Where can I get my horn repaired?

Oh, boy. Is THIS a loaded question, or what? We'll, let's give it a shot ..

Most horn players should be be able to perform basic maintenance on their


instruments. This would include such things as cleaning the instrument,
oiling valves, restringing valves, changing spit valve corks, and so forth.
Local music shops should be able to assist with these items, and your fellow
hornists are usually more than glad to help as well.

For more major repairs (overhauls, dent removal, etc.) you probably want to
take your instrument to a known reputable repair shop, as improper repairs
can severely damage the instrument, sometimes irrevocably. If you are
fortunate enough to have a "custom" horn, you may want to either send the
instrument back to the manufacturer, or ask the manufacturer for a referral.
Many of the more skilled repair shops listed below will have some degrees of
familiarities with many makes of horns - you might ask them if they've ever
worked on an Alexander, for example.

As everything else in the FAQ, these listings have been provided by your
fellow musicians and are provided without any warranties, express, implied,
or otherwise.
Many thanks to Carol Schurr for suggesting this section.

Dick Ackright
Best Instrument Repair
? 14th Street
Oakland, CA

William Kendall (Lawson's repair person)


Baltimore, MD

David Kratz (USArmy Bandsman and repairperson)


709 S. Adams Street
Arlington, VA 22204-2114
+1 703 521-4588

Centex Band Repair


800-A Brandi Lane
Round Rock, TX 78681
+1 512 388-7415

Ken Pope
Pope Instrument Repair
80 Wenham St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
+1 617 522-0532
email hornrx@aol.com

Osmun Music
5 Forest Street
Arlingtion, MA 02146
+1 617-646-5756
1 800 223 7846
email: sales@osmun.com
home page: http://www.osmun.com"

The Brass & Woodwind Shop, Inc.


519 Carothers Ave.
Carnegie, PA 15106
+1 412-276-6899

Robb Stewart Brass Repair


140 E. Santa Clara #18
Arcadia, CA
+1 818 447-1904

Sarah Strickland
Strickland's Instruments & Repair
5570 Hidden Harbor Landing
Gainseville, GA 30504 [Atlanta area]
+1 770 536-7105

Ron Partch
Band Instrument Services
6 Magnolia Avenue
Scarborough, Ontario
Canada M1K 3K1
+1 416 261-2230
Groenemans
Dirk Heziuslaan 8
5591 AB Heeze
The Netherlands
phone: +31 40 22.64.287

Brass Specialisten Lars Gerdt


Brass Specialisten Lars Gerdt
Wallingatan 33
S-111 24 Stockholm
Sweden
tel: +46-8-411 62 62
fax: +46-8-411 62 63

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17. How can I improve my:

* range: Practice.
* endurance: Practice lots.
* tone quality: ??
* technique: Practice lots of hard stuff. :-)

At one point, I was soliciting suggestions for this section, but it's now my
opinion that you should find a horn instructor to work with you on these
items. Each player is different, and it's rare that any pat advice will work
for all people. A teacher can listen to your current playing, evaluate it
for strengths and weaknesses, and make suggestions based on their training
and experience. As I am just a player "at" the instrument, rather than a
student/teacher of it, I'm not qualified to offer real advice here. In any
case, young students may find this fingering chart useful. Also, Robin
Moffatt's Horn Mailing List Archive has a number of suggestions on improving
your playing ability.
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18. How do I find out about

* a. full-time positions with symphonies, etc.


* b. part-time or "one-shot" gigs

[Image] ClassicWeb Horn Jobs contains a detailed list, with links, of horn
positions. It seems to be primarily non-US, but that may just be all they
had when I visited.

[Image] Another good site containing many links to general music jobs is
that of Indiana University's "Worldwide Internet Music Resources" Music Jobs
page. You can find all sorts of positions through the links listed here.

A net-accessible site containing music jobs (and others) within US colleges


is located at gopher://chronicle.merit.edu/aa/.ads. Note this is a gopher
site. Other sites containing music-related employment information include
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs and Employment Searches. Eric W. Nicklas, maintainer)
A general employment web page can be found at
http://www-marine.wr.usgs.gov:80/docs/jobs.html. There are many employment
links of all sorts from here.

The American Federation of Musicians monthly newsletter, International


Musician, usually has many professional US horn positions posted in it.
Union members get it as part of their benefits package. For more
information, write:

American Federation of Musicians


1501 Broadway
New York, NY 10036 USA

Subscriptions for non-AFM members are US$20, CDN$25, and US$30 for all other
"foreign".

One-shots are largely a function of (a) how well you play, (b) how available
you are, often on short notice, and (c) who you know. Churches are a
starting point as they always seem to need brass players on short notice,
and often are willing/able to pay for non-members to come in and play. Don't
underemphasize the importance of networking with your fellow musicians.

There are sometimes musicians' bulletin boards (computer or real) in larger


communities where the arts are active, and you may be able to find audition
information in some cities' newspapers. If you are a AFM union member, they
will probably be able to assist as well - that's their job, after all! The
AFM has a BBS at 1-800-408-1330 [+1 212-768-2525]; speeds up to 28.8kbps,
enter "new" for userID. Currently this BBS is only available to AFM members.
Be forewarned; this is a Pentium/90 system ;-)

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19. Single vs. Double (vs. Triple) horns

Most of the following four sections were inspired by a question from Karen
Comer.

Most modern horns are known as "double" horns - not because there are two of
them, but because they are equipped with a "trigger" valve (usually at the
thumb) which changes the pitch of the instrument from F to Bb. In actuality,
most horn players merely learn alternate fingerings for the "Bb side" and
continue to read parts in F, without realizing that what they are actually
doing is a rather difficult transposition!

The Bb instrument allows more security in the upper register, and most
teachers of the horn recommend playing on the Bb side on all notes above 2nd
line G. The trigger also allows the seven lowest notes, C to F below the
bass clef staff (new notation), to be played, if the hornist has developed
that register. [Note - these are pitches "as written" in F, not concert
pitches].

The standard double horn is a "full" double, meaning that there are two
complete paths for air to flow, including separate tubing for the three
normal valves. Older "compensating" doubles share paths through the three
valves and are much more difficult to tune and generally play. A couple of
horn manufacturers even make "triple" horns, with two thumb valves to chose
between the keys of F and Bb, found in a double, and F alto, found in
descant horns (c.f.). Such horns are quite heavy and are rarely used today.

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20. Descant horns

A descant horn is a smaller horn (a smaller diameter, and shorter length),


usually pitched in F alto, that has a brighter sound and which facilitate
playing in the upper register, much as a piccolo trumpet compared to normal
trumpets. These are not commonly used, but do see occasional use in woodwind
ensembles and wherever sustained very high playing is called for. Triple
horns incorporate a F alto side, and many descant horns include a "stopping
valve" to ease playing of gestopft notes. Most descants are double horns,
with Bb being the second pitch..

Christopher Stratton (stratton@mit.edu) adds:

"'Descant horn' generally refers to any horn shorter than 8.5 foot Bb,
typically the 6 or so foot 'high F' horn. Much as the Bb side of a
double adds security in the high range, going another step to a high F
horn makes very high parts just a bit less treacherous. It seems
these instruments are often used for the extremely high parts
sometimes found in baroque or goofy modern literature.

Actually, that 'any horn shorter than Bb' statement is a bit


misleading, because many modern descant horns are Bb/high F doubles.
Some 1st horn players (those who would never use the F side of a
traditional double anyway) prefer Bb/high F descants for all-around
use. I believe Michael Thompson plays one as well. Some people with
durable biceps opt for the 'swiss army knife' of horns, the F/Bb/high
F triple, since it lets them feel prepared to face just about anything
someone may toss in front of them."

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21. Natural horns

This section inspired by email from Bob Goodman.

"Natural" horns are horns with no valves. The notes the horn can play are
restricted by the harmonics corresponding to the key the instrument is in,
modified by "stopping" the horn as well as those produced by the "hand mute"
technique; said techniques allow the production of notes that are on half
step higher and lower, respectively. Until the 1800s, almost all horns were
of the valveless variety. The horn player of that era had to be a master of
stopping and hand muting, and could produce notes outside the normal
harmonic range by changing the key of the instrument. This was done by
changing "crooks" - basically, a slide attachment that added or subtracted
length from the instrument. This is one reason for the multitude of keys
that modern horn players have to contend with - composers would mark
sections for "horn in D" when those notes were called for, "horn in G" when
a moderation from D to G might occur, etc.
Natural horns still see some use today, mostly in academic surroundings and
at conferences. "Villanelle", by Paul Dukas, is probably the most well-known
modern work composed for natural horn.

A seminal work for the study and performance of the natural horn is:

Method for Cor Alto and Cor Basse, by Louis-Francois Duprat


Edited by Viola Roth
ISBN 0-929309-02 (English translation; 500pp)
Birdalone Music
508 North College Ave, Ste. 333
Bloomington, IN 47404-3831 USA
phone: +1 (812) 333-0167
fax: +1 (812) 337-0118

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22. Geyer vs Kruspe wrap

There is no "standard" horn design, but two major designers who have
influenced modern horn design are Geyer and Kruspe. The Geyer design puts
the fourth ("trigger") valve away from the player on the far side of the
valve stack. The Kruspe design, which is favored by more manufacturers,
places the trigger closest to the player, and may have more tuning options
than a Geyer wrap. Other than the tuning differences, each type of wrap has
its proponents, advantages, and disadvantages, which often relate more to
the individuals' playing style as much as anything else.

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23. How old is my horn?

Often, the only way to tell the age of a horn is by checking it's serial
number against a manufacturer's list. These are a bit long to put in the
faq, but I will put links to html pages with the info here.

http://www.io.com/~rboerger/bach.html Bach
http://www.io.com/~rboerger/besson.html Besson
http://www.io.com/~rboerger/boosey.html Boosey & Hawkes
http://www.io.com/~rboerger/conns.html Conn [updated 26 Sep 96; how to find
Texas horns]
http://www.io.com/~rboerger/holton.html Holton
http://www.io.com/~rboerger/king.html King/Cleveland

An ftp site with many serial number lists is at:


ftp://geomag.gly.fsu.edu/pub/brass.

Please email any additional lists you may have to me.

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24. Are there any "WWW" sites for the horn?


Robin Moffatt has created an web archive of topical, timely discussions from
the horn mailing list. In an ideal world, they'd be in this FAQ, ;-) but
Robin is doing a fine job of preserving the flow of the original
conversations, rather than turning things into a dry compendium of topics
such as you see here. Have a look, and for God's sake, read what is said
about the Vienna Philharmonic before rehashing it on the list for the 50th
time!

The Norwegian Music Information Centre contains catalogues of Norwegian


contemporary sheet music, including horn solo and ensemble music.

Robert Ward, of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, is working on his home
page, including a work-in-progress, "The Horn Warm Up Book".

Sharon Zurflieh has set up a site with MIDI-based accompaniments of horn


solos. These are great to practise to when you don't have an accompianist
handy, plus with most MIDI software, you can vary the tempo, etc. to your
own tastes..

Harlan Feinstein's home page includes such fun things as information about
jazz horn players.

The Music Publishers' Association of the United States web site may be of
interest to horn players. It includes a listing of officers, MPA Sales
Agency List, a copyright reshourse center, and more.

[Image] Speaking of jazz horn players, see John Clark's Hidden Meaning Music
site for an example of someone who is very successful as a hornist in this
field.

Dennis Brain lovers probably want to check out Ivan Wong's Dennis Brain
Homepage and the Dennis Brain Discography.

Mary Keezer sent out a survey to the amateur hornists on the list and has
compiled some of the replies to the questions. The responses give quite a
bit of insight into why amateurs continue to play; see Stories from an
Amateur Hornist Survey for more.

Prof. Thomas Bacon's Thomas Bacon Horn Page is extremely well-done and
offers a wealth of information to both the amateur and professional hornist.
THE web site for the Horn, it includes Prof. Bacon's study guide, audio
clips, and more.

Well-known European hornist Hanz Pizka offers a someone different take on


things from his home page. You'll find information from his publishing firm,
pictures of Wiener horns (the unique piston F horns that they use over
there), advice to young players, and more. Note that Herr Piska "states it
as he sees it" :-)

Eric Pingel's class project on the horn is an interesting and well-designed


introduction to the instrument, although you'll need a frame-capable browser
to view it. Eric's site combines other net resources with original content
of his own to present a visually pleasing reference to the instrument.
There's even a final exam so that you can see what you learned.

[Image] Christopher Cornette's Horn Pages are a new and welcome addition to
the family of horn pages. An incredibly comprehensive collection of horn
links is just the starting point on this site, which includes a weekly MIDI
clip (and substantial ones at that), links to the Northwest Horn Society,
CMU Horn Club Online, the 560th ANG Band, a bio, and more. He even rates the
sites (giving this FAQ a generous **** rating; I'm not so sure). Well worth
an afternoon or evening's visit, but be prepared to spend some time here.

The British Horn Society Home Page is of interest to more than UK hornists.
Included here is Horn News, information on BHS publications, and more.

The Swedish Horn Society Home Page looks to be of interest to those versed
in Swedish. There appear to be links, stories on the horn, performance tips,
book reviews, and more. I wish I could read the pages!

The Historic Brass Society World Wide Web Site is a must for anyone
interested in the history of their instrument.

I've given up on Windplayer magazine ever adding horn to their site. Over a
year now, same five "popular" instruments they've always had. OK, guys, try
playing "Star Wars" with just flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, and trombone.

The FAQ author's home page will have links to WWW horn sites as time permits
and as info comes in. Point to http://www.io.com/~rboerger for more. [there
is a pointer to this FAQ off this page]

Again, if you know of any horn sites that you'd like to have listed here,
send me a note.
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25. What are some pieces with great horn parts?

Thanks to David Goldklang for compiling the following list, which arose from
a thread started by K. T. Franson.

* Solos to Die for:


o Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
o Beethoven - 7th Symphony
o Beethoven - 5th Symphony
o Beethoven - 9th Symphony (4th horn)
o Beethoven - 6th Symphony
o Beethoven - 8th Symphony
o Berg - Three pieces for Orchestra
o Bernstein - Symphonic Dances - West Side Story
o Bernstein - Overture to Candide
o Brahms - 1st Symphony
o Brahms - 2nd Symphony
o Brahms - 2nd Symphony
o Brahms - 4th Symphony
o Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2
o Brahms - Academic Festival Overture (3rd horn)
o Brahms - Serenade #1
o Britten - Sinfonia da Requiem
o Britten - Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings
o Bruckner - 4th Symphony (the "Romantic")
o Bruckner - 7th Symphony
o Bruckner - 8th Symphony
o Dvorak - 1st Symphony
o Dvorak - 8th Symphony
o Dvorak - 9th Symphony
o Dukas - Sorceror's Apprentice
o Franck - Symphony in D minor
o Gliere - 2nd Symphony
o Gliere - Red Poppy Suite
o Goldsmith, Jerry - Star Trek series music
o Haendel - Giulio Caesar (Aria)
o Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks
o Hanson - 2nd Symphony
o Haydn - "Horn Signal" Symphony (no. 31)
o Holst - Planets
o Janacek - Sinfonietta and Rhapsody Tarus Bulba
o Kamen, Michael - Robin Hood Overture
o Kodaly - Hary-Janos Suite
o Mahler - Symphony #1
o Mahler - 5th Symphony
o Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde
o Mozart - Symphony in G-minor
o Mozart - Horn Symphonies [d'oh!]
o Mendelsohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream (nocturne)
o Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf
o Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet
o Prokofiev - 5th Symphony
o Ravel - Pavane for a Dead Princess
o Ravel - Piano Concerto
o Rouse - 1st Symphony
o Schubert - Unfinished
o Shostakovich - Cello Concerto #1 (1st mvmt)
o Shostakovich - Symphony #11
o Sibelius - 5th Symphony
o Smith, C. - Festival Variations
o Strauss, F. - Nocturno Op. 7
o Strauss, R. - Alpine Symphony
o Strauss, R. - Andante op.posth.
o Strauss, R. - Don Juan
o Strauss, R. - the ending of "September", from "Four Last Songs"
o Strauss, R. - Heldenleben
o Strauss, R. - Sinfonia Domestica
o Strauss, R. - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
o Stravinsky - Firebird Suite
o Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring
o Tschaikovsky - Symphony #5
o Tschaikovsky - 1812 Overture
o Vaughn-Williams - 2nd Symphony ("London")
o Wagner, R. - Lohengrin Prelude 3rd Act
o Wagner, R. - Tristan & Isolde Prelude
o Wagner, R. - Flying Dutchman Ouverture
o Wagner, R. - Rite of Vakyries (3rd Act Valkyrie)
o Wagner, R. - Siegfried's death & Funeral March
o Wagner, R. - Siegfried Call (Long Call & Shorall)
o Wagner, R. - Rhine Journey
o Wagner, R. - Siegfried Introduction 3rd Act (Tuben)
o Weber - Overture from "Der Freischuetz"
o Weber - Overture to Oberon
o William Grant Steele - African American Symphony
o Williams - Star Wars theme
o Williams - Indiana Jones theme
* Solis to Die for:
o Bach- Brandenburgh #1
o Beethoven - 3rd Symphony
o Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man
o Curnow - Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew
o Fucik - Entry of the Gladiators
o Handel - Water Music
o Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphosis
o Humperdinck - Prelude to Hansel and Gretel
o Jenkins - American Overture for Band
o Mahler - Symphony #1, 1st movement
o Rossini - "Semiramide" Overture
o Schumann, R.- Konzertstuck
o Shostakovich - 5th Symphony
o Shostakovich - 10th Symphony
o Smith, C. - Festival Variations
o Tschaikovsky - 1812 Overture
o Tschaikovsky - 4th Symphony
o Weber - "Freischutz" Overture
o Williams - Cowboys Overture

As always, if your favourite is not here, send me an email. :-)


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26. What are some summer horn camps and festivals?

Although I can't remember whose idea this thread was, A. M. Lorraine Fader
collected all the replies, for which I thank her most greatfully.
Unfortunately, much of the information is anecdotal in nature, and there are
not a whole lot of names and addresses to go along with the camp names. If
you have more information about any of these, please email me with the
details.

Note: The following is an html table, which requires a table-aware browser


such as Netscape 1.1+.

Camp Name Timeframe Location Comments/mailing addr


Historic brass, e.g. alphorns, natural horns
, sackbutts,
etc.; Playing sessions, lectures, round-table
discussion,
much more (see web site)
13th Annual The Historic Brass Society
Early Brass Aug 2 - 4 Editorial Office
Festival 1997 Amherst, MA Jeffrey Nussbaum, President, HBS
[Image] 148 West 23rd Street #2A
New York, NY 10011 USA
Tel/FAX +1 (212) 627-3820
http://www.webcom.com/~music/guide/society/hb
s/hbstop.html
email: jjn@research.att.com
Concert, Marching, Jazz (high school)
Collegiate Division
Mallory Thompson, Richard Miles, Marguerite
Wilder
(Concert)
Doug Beach, Denis Dibiaso, et al (Jazz)
Bands of Jun 23-28 Bands of America, Inc.
America 1997 Normal, Il P.O. Box 665
Arlington Heights, IL 60006
http://www.bands.org/events/camp/sy1.html
email:
boainfo@bands.org
phone: +1 800 848 2263
fax: +1 847 956 8370

Blue Lake Jun Twin Lake MI Beginner to High School level


25-Aug 18
Featured: Rick Todd. Application:
Bowdoin late Bowdoin Summer Music Festival
College Jun-Aug Brunswick, ME Bowdoin College,
Brunswick, ME 0411x
(207) 725-3322
Joseph Myer and Kurt Snyder, horn faculty;
brass choir,
horn class, small ensembles, private lessons,
orchestra,
Jazz band/classes, adult (18) only
Fairbanks 21 Jul-4 Jo Scott, Director
Summer Arts Aug Fairbanks AK Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
PO Box 80845
Fairbanks AK 99708
Tel: 907-479-6778
62nd year, middle, high school camp
Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp
Dr. Robert Hartwell, Director
Eastern Kentucky University
Stephen June Eastern College of Arts & Humanities
Collins 8-27, Kentucky Department of Music
Foster 1997 Univ. Foster 101
Richmond, Kentucky 40475-3116
606-622-3161 | 606-622-1428 FAX
email: mushartw@acs.eku.edu
Home Page:
http://www.arh.eku.edu/mus/fosweb.htm
Great Lakes ? ? ?
Limited to 10 per instrument, audition
necessary (tapes by
Apr 1); fellowships available for $450 fee
and $200
Room/Meals fee; Featured: Randy Gardner;
Audition
Harmony material: Mozart #4, mvmt 1, plus a selection
of your
Ridge Brass July 8-14 Poultney, VT choice; more info:
Festival Harmony Ridge Brass Center
C/O New Song Productions
80 Brookside Terrace
North Haledon, NJ 070508
email: Steven.R.Langley@valley.net
16th annual, Horn-only camp,
Featured: Terry Roberts, Steve Duurninand,
Steve Gross
Hornswoggle
Hornswoggle May Jemez 104 Hummingbird Lane
31-Jun 2 Springs, MN
Jamez Springs, NM 87025
505/829-3060
email: ehig@aol.com
"good high school" to professional level,
23rd annual,
Humboldt $360 or so, ages 16-80's, application
deadline April 28;
State Brass for more info:
Chamber Jul Arcata, CA Fred Thomas, Music Department
Music 28-Aug 2 Humboldt State University
Workshop Arcata, CA 95521
707/822-7917
email: dhuse@trusty.lmsc.lockheed.com
Since 1928; kids 8-18
"Info Weekend" April 19, 20
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Interlochen P. O. Box 199
Arts Camp ? ? Interlochen, MI 49643
Phone: (616) 276-7472
Email: admissions@interlochen.k12.mi.us Home
page:
http://www.traverse.com/educ/ica/icahome.html
2nd annual, Horn-only camp, adult
Featured: Canadian Brass' David Ohanian
[sp?], Kendall
Kendall Betts
Betts Horn Jun 23-30 Littleton, Cost: ~ $525 .. a few spots left. Contact:
Camp New Hampshire Genie Epperson, KBHC Administrative Assistant
21 Village at Maplewood
Bethlehem, NH 03574
phone: (603) 869-5612
Featured: Bruno Schneider, James Cox;
DM 150 (camp) + DM 160 (lodging/meals)
Mainz Jun 6 - 9 Mainz, William Jones,
GERMANY Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz,
Klarastr. 4, 55116 Mainz GERMANY
email: 06131236975-1@btxgate.de
Open to adult amateur musicians, woodwinds,
horn, piano;
coaches are pro chamber group Summerfest
Cost: $300 (room, partial board)
Mizzouri $140 (non-musician attendees)
Ozarks Sep 3 - Sunrise Patrick Berry
Woodwind 7, 1997 Beach, 11911 Harrison Drive
Camp[Image] Missouri Kansas City, MO 64146
phone: +1 816 941-4769 fax: +1 816 941-7646
email: prb@postoffice.worldnet.att.net
home page:
http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/4302
A unique opportunity for middle school and
high school
New River musicians to enjoy, study and perform chamber
music in a
Chamber Shawsville, supportive, noncompetitive environment.
Music 17-21 Jun VA
Festival For more information and/or application:
mseaster@bev.net
"Chamber music-intensive camp"; "talented"
high school
students only; contact
Margaret Hamilton
Seminar late Western Mich. Assistant Director, School of Music
Jun-Jul Univ Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-3831
616/387-4672
email: HAMILTON@wmich.edu
40th annual, age 12+ & college; students
grouped by
experience. $1,750 + lesson fee ($75-130,
optional).
Scholarships available. Contact:
Sewanee Jun Sewanee Summer Music Center
Summer Music 22-Jul 28 Sewanee, TN 735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000
phone: 615/598-1225 or -5881
fax: 615/598-1145
email: adina@infoseek.com
Third annual; high school and
university/adult; college
credit available; James Cryder, Wallace
Easter, Robert
Gloff, and Candace Kluesner, horn. For more
information,
contact:
Skyline Kevin Stees
Brass Music Jun 25-29Harrisonburg, (540) JMU-6036
Festival VA steeskj@jmu.edu

Jim Kluesner
(540) JMU-6650
kluesnjf@jmu.edu
2nd season; pianists, instrumentalists, and
singers;
Southampton actually over three weekends, Jul 11-14, 18-
21, 25-28.
Chamber Long Island "Our goal is for each person to play as
beautifully as
Music Jul 11-28 NY their skill permits."
Festival Annabel Gordon: (212) 496-5092 [East coast]
Johnathon Bley: (415) 664-5464 [West coast]
email: bjbley@aol.com
? ? Valpariso Jun 22-Jul 20, 97
Again, please email if you have more information about these, or other,
camps.

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27. What are some good books, et cetera, for beginning horn students?

[Thanks to Luke Zyla, pka00079@alpha.wvup.wvnet.edu, for providing the


inspiration for this section, as well as the initial information..]
The following etude books and the like are especially recommended for young
horn players:

The Art of French Horn Playing, by Philip Farkas

Canadian Brass Book of Beginning Horn Solos


published by: Hal Leonard, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Canadian Brass Book of Easy Horn Solos


published by: Hal Leonard

Chaconne and Burlesque, by Michael Horvit


published by: Southern Music Company

Deux cents Etudes Nouvelles, Melodiques et Progressives


pour Cor, #1 (70 Etudes Tres Faciles et Faciles)
pub. by: Alphonse Leduc, Paris

Deux Suites de Danses de L'Epoque Baroque Allemande


pub. by: Alphonse Leduc, Paris

First Solos for the Horn Player, transc/arr by Mason Jones


pub. by: G. Schirmer, Inc, New York, NY USA

French Horn Solos


published by: Amsco Publications, New
York/London/Sydney/Cologne Exclusive Distributors:
Music Sales Corporation
225 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10003 USA
Music Sales Ltd.
8/0 Frith St., London W1V 5TZ England

Horn Solos Book One


ed. and arr. by Arthur Campbell
pub. by: Faber Music Ltd., London

A Modern Method for the French Horn by Lorenzo Sansone


Southern Music Company, San Antonio TX 78206 (1961)

Selected Duets for French Horn, Vol 1 (Easy-Medium)


Selected and Edited by H. Voxman
Published by: Rubank Educational Library, No 188

Primary Studies for the French Horn, by Anton Horner


pub. by: Elkan-Vorner
avail thru: Theodore Presser

Great theoretical and practical School for the Horn


Josef Schantl, edited by John Bernhoff
published by Milan Yancich (WIND MUSIC)

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29. Where can I get more information about the internet/usenet?

For more info about usenet news, you might want to subscribe to the news
group news.announce.newusers and news.newusers.questions. These are groups
devoted to people who are new to using usenet news.

Be aware that in some newsgroups, people are not very tolerant of "new user"
mistakes or questions. It's usually a good idea to ride along and just read
postings for a while, to get a feel for how the particular newsgroup works.
After you're familiar with what goes on, feel free to post. Also, if you use
America Online, the greater usenet community will be less likely to tolerate
mistakes you make just because of your address. Sad, but true.. There are
many good books on the Internet. Some recommendations:

The USENET Handbook: A Users Guide to NetNews, by Mark Harrison


O'Reilly & Assoc; ISBN 1-56592-101-1; US$24.95

The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog, by Ed Krol


O'Reilly & Assoc; ISBN 1-56592-063-5; US$24.95

Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh, by Adam C. Engst


Hayden Books; ISBN 1-56830-064-6; US$29.95, CDN$37.95
- Includes software to actually connect a Mac to the internet
as well as info on a Seattle-based service provider
- I think there's a Windoze version of the book out now.

Connecting to the Internet, by Susan Estrada


O'Reilly & Assoc; ISBN 1-56592-061-9; US$15.95

Yes, the FAQ maintainer is partial to O'Reilly books, but has no financial
interest in the company ;-)
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28. Contributors to this FAQ

Many, many thanks to all of you who have contributed; besides those people
listed below (who have "literal" contributions that are actually in the
FAQ), a heartening number of you have sent more general comments,
suggestions, and attaboys. The 'net really can be a wonderful place ..

73543.1004@compuserve.com Lisa Argiris


Thomas.Bacon@ASU.EDU Prof. Thomas Bacon
bill@isd.tandem.com Bill Baker
bbenson@systema.westark.edu Barb Benson
boblyd@iii.net Lydia Lowery Busler-Blais
rboerger@io.com Ron Boerger
brixel@aopc.com Matthias Brixel
Warren.L.Brown@cdc.com Warren L. Brown
GKCL@Uhura.cc.Rochester.Edu Glenn Call
imperial@mauigateway.com Matt Carr
genechan@freenet.vancouver.bc.ca Gene Chan
gcherry@unixg.ubc.ca Prof. Gordon Cherry
AlanCarolC@aol.com Alan Cole
74221.320@compuserve.com Karen Comer
DECKERHORN@aol.com James Decker
maggie@douglass.demon.co.uk Maggie Douglas
carlek@vnet.ibm.com Carl Ek
davide@Rational.COM David Erickson
lf5@evansville.edu A. M. Lorraine Fader
farnerkv@PLU.edu Prof. Kathleen Vaught Farmer
harlan@cie.cuc.com Harlan Feinstein
dfletcher@vms1.uop.edu Dave Fletcher
KTFRANSON@aol.com K. T. Franson
sander@wfw.wtb.tue.nl Sander Gielen
glick@jove.acs.unt.edu Ed Glick
gkfam@linex.com David Goldklang
david_goodman@coastalnet.com Dr. David Goodman
robert_goodman@icpphil.NAVY.MIL Robert Goodman
mugreene@alpha.nlu.edu Prof. Gary Greene
l.hammon@morehead-st.edu Curt Hammond
peterh@j51.com Peter Head
beh@oup-usa.org Brian Hill
mmhowart@vm.occ.cc.mi.us Mary Howarth
pilgrim@freenet.ufl.edu Doug Johnson
TPNW33A@prodigy.com David Kaminsky
beanie@calon.com Sean Kirkpatrick
sking1@genie.geis.com Sam King
kloss@mga.com Marilyn B. Kloss
mkkraman@tenet.edu Mike Kraman
Lucin38345@aol.com Cindy Lewis
MENAK01@moravian.edu Nancy A. Krause
bfl@efixdb.efi.sintef.no Bjorn F Langoren
jlindhol@mail.bcpl.lib.md.us Jonell Lindholm
pdmmac@mcmail.CIS.McMaster.CA Prof. Peter D.M. MacDonald
103416.2257@compuserve.com Michael S. McLaughlin
feynman@u.washington.edu Deane R. Mathewson
Robin.Moffatt@moffatt.demon.co.uk Robin Moffatt
JAMORRIS@Neptune.Syr.Edu Joel Morrissette
muth@muth.ultranet.com Bill Muth
cceric@showme.missouri.edu Eric W. Nicklas
D.J.E.Nunn@durham.ac.uk Douglas Nunn
OLEXYR@CUA.EDU Ron Olexy
jrd@jrp.tiac.net Jim Paradis
karen@ReactionDesign.com Karen Park
ian@dial.pipex.net Ian Philipps
Doug_Pike@BENDNET.COM Doug Pike
100524.735@compuserve.com Prof. Hanz Pizka
powleye@ucs.byu.edu Ellen Powley
GREEVES@charlie.usd.edu Prof. Gary Reeves
schurrc@bah.com Carol Schurr
schwan@cris.com Josh Schwannecke
shoaf@calvin.usc.edu R. Wayne Shoaf
stan5158@blue.UnivNorthCo.EDU Shane Meredeth Stanke
stratton@MIT.EDU Christopher Stratton
eriksv@microsoft.com Erik Svenson
dthumim@stav.HQ.ileaf.com Daniel Thumin
ccchas@missouri.edu Charles Turner
SURION@VAX2.Winona.MSUS.EDU Seth Urion
tpwagler@ophelia.waterloo.net Trevor P. Wagler
rnward@slip.net Robert Ward
weaver@unixg.ubc.ca Scott Weaver
ivanwong@hkt.net Ivan Wong
nweckwe@calstatela.edu Nancy Weckwerth
zateslo@geomag.gly.fsu.edu Ted Zateslo
zurf@emi.net Sharon Zurflieh
pka00079@alpha.wvup.wvnet.edu Luke Zyla
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30. Who the heck is Ron Boerger?

I am an amateur hornist active in community groups in the Austin, Texas, USA


area. I am good enough to get the very occasional paying gig but that's
about it. As to why I am the maintainer of the FAQ, well, nobody else seemed
to be doing it .. in real life, I am a senior systems administrator for
Tandem Computers, and am doing contract sysadmin work for VTEL Corporation.
I am also president of the Austin Symphonic Band. Guess how much free time I
have? ;-)

I now maintain the COMMUNITY-MUSIC mailing list, as well. This list is


devoted to community bands and orchestras. For more info, email me.

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