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I Recommend...

Melanie Ditter (Rogue Repair) - Horn repair and maintenance (St. Paul, MN)

Rogue Repair's YouTube Channel

Comfy Horn Strap - Valerie Wells

Straight Mute - Humes & Berg or TrumCor

Stopped Mute - Humes & Berg or  Tom Crown

Practice Mute - TrumCor Stealth

Oil - Hetman Rotor Oil & Bearing/Linkage Oil

Grease - Superslick or Hetman Slide Gel

Minnesota Opera

Minnesota Orchestra - FREE student tickets!

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra - FREE student tickets!

Playing Opportunities

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies

Youth symphony organization for all playing levels (auditioned)


MacPhail Center for Music 

Lessons, classes, and many other opportunities

Minnesota Junior Winds

Youth band organization for middle and high school players (auditioned)


Minnesota Youth Symphonies

Youth symphony organization for all playing levels (auditioned)

Honor Band Opportunities


Minnesota All-State Ensembles

Minnesota Band Director's Association


Bemidji State University Honor Band

One day festival usually held in the fall. Director-nominated.


Concordia College Honor Band

Honor Band held annually. Information will be posted on their website each fall.


Gustavus Adolphus College Honor Band

Two day festival usually held in the fall. Director-nominated.


Luther College Dorian Festival For Band

Two day festival held in late February. Director-nominated.


St. Olaf College Honor Band

One day festival that takes place the second Saturday in November, directed by Dr. Timothy Mahr. Director-nominated.


St. Thomas University Honor Band

One day festival at the end of October. Information is usually released in early September. Director-nominated.


University of Minnesota – Duluth Honor Band

Two day festival in the fall featuring two Honor Bands conducted by the University's Directors. Director-nominated.


University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Honor Band

Two day festival in January. Students must submit an online form, mp3 audition, and Director’s recommendation in early fall.


University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Honor Band

One day festival in November. Students fill out and submit an application in early October and are notified if selected.

Online Resources

Groth Music

Eckroth Music

Schmitt Music

Cadenza Music

Houghton Horns

James Boldin's Horn World - Thoughts on Teaching and Playing the Horn

Ricci Adams' Music Theory - Online interactive theory lessons and tools

Theory Lessons

Horn Matters - Information, articles, and advice about all things horn and brass

International Horn Society - Where horn players go for all things horn (including horn ads)

Jeffrey Agrell's Horn Insights - A regular blog from a master player and teacher

Daren Robbins' Horn Excerpts - Find any orchestral excerpt you're looking for...

Left Coast Horn Playing - A blog that includes exercises and practice tips from professionals

John Ericson's Getting Started on the Horn - Notes for players who are just starting...

Derek Wright's Hornist's Journey - Collection of thoughts on playing

Pope Instrument Repair - More than repairs - new, used, and accessories for sale, too

Music Dictionary - An interactive music dictionary from Virginia Tech Music Department

Horn History -'s comprehensive history of the instrument

The French Horn - Tons of horn information





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