Luck is not chance, it’s toil. Fortune’s expensive smile is earned. ~ Emily Dickinson


Mr. Ahrens teaches band & choir at Bear River High School in Grass Valley, CA.


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Less Buzz, More Tone

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… The second transformational thing I took in from Mr. Vizzutti was his thought on buzzing into your brass instrument. He says not to do it. What?! I know, I was confused for a minute too. He contends that we should not be teaching our beginning students to buzz. Instead we should focus on full, relaxed breathing and aggressive, sustained airflow through the horn. If a student were taught to create tone on their brass instrument without forcing the buzz from the start, their tone would be immediately more successful which would likely lead to a more promising development as a musician. . . . → Read More: Less Buzz, More Tone

Worthy of Note: Schumann – Konzertstück für 4 Hörner und Orchester

As a horn player, I’ve always loved Schumann’s Konzertstück. This performance with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is simply amazing. The great Stefan Dohr (principal, BPO) is playing 1st horn. CSO’s legendary Dale Clevenger is on 2nd. Ignacio Garcia (soloist with the Berlin State Opera Orchestra under Barenboim) on 3rd. And Georg Schrekenberger . . . → Read More: Worthy of Note: Schumann – Konzertstück für 4 Hörner und Orchester