Dwight Banks, Composer/Trumpet

When Words Fail…Music Speaks

Essays and Articles

Finding the Right Balance

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    Brass players, particularly trumpet players have unique challenges that often set them apart from other instrumentalists. It is not uncommon for an aspiring concert pianist  or string player to spend 6-8 hours per day with hands on practice. Due to the differences in musculature involved, it is difficult for a brass player to take a similar approach without it having potentially adverse effects. And if a brass player misses a day of practice it can be considerably more noticeable or costly than a pianist or string player missing a day....

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Leaving a Musical Legacy

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    The majority of us who try to live lives as positive and productive human beings go thru life developing values and goals hoping that in the end,  we leave a worthy legacy others will remember us by in a positive way. We progress thru life’s trajectory and pathway hoping that which we chose to follow is our true life’s calling and that in the end we can somehow make a contribution which will make the world a better place than it was before we emerged. When we fall short or experience significant obstacles along the way, quite often...

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Should the Term “Musical Genius” Be Redefined?

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    Throughout their time in institutions of higher learning students, music students are trained to accept academia as setting the standard for defining musical genius.  They are  typically required to study the masterworks of great composers and musicians. Through lectures, reading, analysis and research (as well as listening) the student discovers what set them apart as masters of their craft, whose unique talents have pushed the boundaries past the typical standard practice of their time. When studying the music of such musical icons...

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