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July 30, 2017

This is an adaptation of a talk I gave at LKLD Live June 9, 2017, at the Bite-Size Boom percussion concert put on by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.

I think that, by nature, percussionists are tinkerers. We are explorers. 

We are discovering our world through sound dail...

March 14, 2017

It's Pi Day (3/14), so here's a brief thought with pie charts.

In my experience, most musicians start their careers with income from many different sources, all of which add up to hopefully be able to provide a living for them. As time goes on, I think it is often the g...

February 27, 2017

Unless you have a) learned all the music there is to learn in this world, or b) chosen that you don't want to learn any more music in your lifetime, then learning new music is in your future! As an active performer, I'm constantly learning new music, whether for a duo...

January 14, 2017

Technology is one of those things that can dramatically improve our lives (and it does every day), yet when misused, it can add distractions, interruptions, inefficiencies, and frustrations to our lives. While I love new technology, especially in the music world, I for...

November 2, 2016

You likely know the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. As she scours the three bears' home, searching for comforts of food and rest, it takes her a few tries to find exactly what she's looking for. Too hot, too cold. Too hard, too soft. To large, too small. After...

October 15, 2016

I speak with students often about career-related goals and the skills necessary to be successful as a musician. I am still learning about what that means myself, but over the years, I have learned at least a few things about what sets successful musicians apart from th...

October 6, 2016

I recently had a discussion with the percussion studio at Southeastern University regarding goals. I am asking the students to set some goals for themselves and for the studio as a way to better understand their purpose and direction during their time at SEU -- where t...

October 2, 2016

"What are your plans for this summer?" I was a freshman percussion major at Indiana University, when my teacher, the legendary Tony Cirone, asked me this question.

"Well, I'll be marching another season of drum corps with the Glassmen."

"Oh, man. Seriously? You shouldn't...

August 20, 2016

My wife, Sarah, and I had the privilege of being in Indianapolis last weekend to enjoy the festivities surrounding the Drum Corps International World Championships. After missing only two finals weekends since 2002, it was great to be back in Indy for those last few da...

August 19, 2016

Going forward I will be using brianblumemusic.com as the host for my blog. You may access older blog posts by visiting the link below. If I can determine how to efficiently do so, I will move all posts to this site over time. Thanks for visiting!

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March 14, 2017