The holidays are just around the corner!

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Don’t forget about gift memberships to the IHS! Our Annual Membership Drive through the month of December brings you many membership options:

Gift Memberships:

Club Memberships: $35 for 8 or more people
Family Membership: $75 for up to 3 members at the same address
Lifetime Membership, electronic membership, student membership . . . find the option that fits for you!

The IHS also offers discounted rates based on the categorization of a country on the IHDI (Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index). Countries are in one of 4 zones, and based on this a reduced membership rate is offered, and for Zone 4 countries membership may be free! Please reach out to us if you have any questions!

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Complete the survey by Friday, December 20, 2019 for a chance to win one of these gifts:

A copy of Richard Watkin’s CD “The Romantic Horn”
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Myron Bloom Tribute

by Philip Myers


I had the opportunity to study with Mr. Bloom at the Blossom Music School during the summer sessions of 1970 & 1971. It changed my life. Up until that time I was consumed with the difficulties I was having on the horn. He helped me learn to think and listen to music without filtering it through the technical issues of the horn. This I had never done.

If I could attribute the main thought I got from him, it was the inexorable march forward of a phrase. This idea that most of the time music is moving forward, not falling away, has so many ramifications that present themselves to the curious that I have spent the last fifty years trying to realize them.

At the time I studied with him he had an absolutely unique teaching style. In my mind it could be described as “defender of music and the phrase”. When I played for him I felt like he was literally protecting the purity of his ideas from what I was doing. And he should have been as I had no idea what I was doing. 

Not to be sacrilegious, but to me “he spoke as one having authority”. I had no doubt from the moment he began to teach me that he knew something connected to a greater knowledge that I wanted desperately to know - and he did share it.

He knew precisely what he liked and what he did not, but I always felt he was a very realistic and humble man, and with me as a student, very open. I heard him play about 40 live concerts and have every recording of his that I can find. To this day, if I think about a piece that he recorded or that I heard him play live, in my head I hear him playing it, his idea, not my own.

Holiday Horns New England

New Hampshire: Saturday 7 December (Plaistow, NH)
Boston: Sunday 8 December (Boston University)

Come play in New England's ONLY mass horn choir events this Christmas season. Join us in New Hampshire on Dec 7 or in Boston on Dec 8....or both! All ages and abilities are welcome. No competition, no stress, just a day of fun horn choir, all ages playing all together. Ugly / festive sweaters & decorate your horn, prizes will be awarded! To participate in the White Elephant gift exchange: $5 buy in or donate a baked good.


Please register for either (or both!) dates here:
These are FREE to participate, and the concert is free and open to the public. 
This year we are endorsed by the International Horn Society and will be sponsored by Pope Instrument Repair

November Trivia Contest

This month’s trivia contest questions come courtesy of Ken Pope of Pope Repair in Boston! Test your knowledge of horn maintenance and send us your answers at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

  1. The reason you oil your horn FREQUENTLY is because:
    1. Your teacher told you to.
    2. To keep the valves moving freely.
    3. To keep your horn clean.
    4. To keep dezincification from occurring.
    5. All of the above.
  2. Which of these products should never come in contact with the exterior of an unlacquered horn
    1. Soap and water
    2. Ammonia-based cleaners
    3. Brass Polishes
  3. Which of the following have I NOT found in a brass instrument while repairing it:
    1. A bottle of Bacardi 151 rum
    2. A dead mouse
    3. A wind-up toy
    4. A mouthpiece
    5. Subway tokens

If you answer all three questions correctly, you will have the chance to win one of three prizes (also courtesy of Ken Pope): 1 $20 voucher and 2 $15 vouchers for his online shop.

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