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memories of chuck

Memories of Chuck: A Compilation of Experiences on the Road

memories of chuck

James “Jimmy” Marsala played bass and was the band leader for Chuck Berry for 41 years. In his new book, the Local 2-197 (St. Louis, MO) member offers readers some of his experiences on the road with this pioneer of rock and roll. He provides insights into Berry’s character, and seeks to set the record straight regarding the rumor that Berry was a hard man to deal with. Filled with musical history, entertaining stories, and a vast array of photographs, this book offers a unique perspective on Berry as a man, musician, and, most of all, friend.

Memories of Chuck: A Compilation of Experiences on the Road Spanning 41 Years of Touring with Chuck Berry, the Originator of Rock and Roll, by James “Jimmy” Marsala, www.friesenpress.com.

Rhythm First

Rhythm First! A Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Improvisation

Rhythm FirstIn a step-by-step fun method, Rhythm First! builds up the student’s library of rhythmic figures and has them playing along with the accompanying CD to get the sound and feel of jazz soloing under their fingers. The book starts with playing simple rhythmic figures on any note and progresses to show how and when to use three kinds of blues scales. The book is available in C, Bb, Eb, and bass clef versions.

Rhythm First! A Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Improvisation, by Tom Kamp, Sher Music Co., www.shermusic.com.

pearl jam faq

Pearl Jam FAQ: All that’s Left to Know About Seattle’s Most Enduring Band

pearl jam faqSpanning the band’s entire career, each chapter of Pearl Jam FAQ explores a different aspect of the band’s history. It covers members’ successes, failures, and tragedies, from their pre-Pearl Jam days to today. Each of their albums are analyzed as the book explores how the band has adapted to changing media as well as its socio-political activism.

Pearl Jam FAQ: All that’s Left to Know About Seattle’s Most Enduring Band,  by Thomas Edward Harkins and Bernard M. Corbett, Backbeat Books, www.backbeatbooks.com.

Kalmen Opperman

Kalmen Opperman: A Legacy of Excellence

Kalmen OppermanKalmen Opperman is remembered for his dedication to teaching. This biography explores his story, from self-taught musician to a 50-year career playing in orchestra pits for Broadway musicals and ballets. The book includes interviews with former students and reflections from those closest to Opperman. Author Denise Gainey, his longtime student and research colleague, explores his pedagogy and countless contributions to the clarinet’s canon.

Kalmen Opperman: A Legacy of Excellence, Passing on the Flame,
by Denise A. Gainey, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.

Scoring the Screen

Scoring the Screen: The Secret Language of Film Music

Scoring the ScreenThrough extensive and unprecedented analyses of original concert scores, Scoring the Screen offers aspiring composers, music educators, and media content creators a view from inside the actual process of scoring to picture. Written by Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Hill, the book follows the core thesis that music for motion pictures is a language developed to communicate ideas and emotions to the audience.

Scoring the Screen: The Secret Language of Film Music, by Andy Hall,
Hal Leonard Corporation, www.halleonardbooks.com.

Managing Your Band, Artist Management

Making Your Band a Business

Managing Your Band, Artist ManagementThe following article is taken from the book Managing Your Band, Artist Management: The Ultimate Responsibility, 6th Edition, by Stephen Marcone and David Philp (Hal Leonard Corporation). The book is a resource for any musician working in the music business. It covers data analysis, planning, modern record company structure, social marketing, touring, and more.

Bands often begin performing and making money before they become an actual business. However, when the group begins to purchase equipment as a band they must eventually become a business. The first step in establishing your business is deciding what type you should create. The most common types of business entities are: proprietorship, partnership, corporation (in various forms), and limited liability company.


A proprietorship is the simplest and the easiest form of business to start. By definition, it is a business conducted by one self-employed person who is the owner. Contact your county clerk for specifics, but most likely you will need to:

1) File a DBA (Doing Business As) form (found online) with the county clerk in the county where you’ll conduct business. (This is unnecessary if you intend to do business in your own name.)

2) You may be required to publish a DBA legal notice in the local newspaper.

3) File an Internal Revenue Service Form SS-4 to obtain an employer’s tax ID number (even if you have no employees).

4) If you intend to sell (retail) goods, you must obtain a resale tax permit from the state tax authority.

5) Open a company checking account.

With a proprietorship you have complete control of all decisions and earn all the profit. However, you are personally liable for any accidents or lawsuits that might occur and you also absorb any losses. Creditors may place a lien on your personal property. There are also tax issues involved, so it’s best to consult an accountant.


There are several types of partnership:

General Partnership—Two or more partners contribute (or loan) property, service, and/or money to the business. Each partner owns an interest in the whole partnership (assets in common) and acts on behalf of the partnership. The entire general partnership is responsible for any lawsuit, except where bodily harm or injury has occurred. In the event of losses, the general partnership assets are liquidated before creditors can access an individual partner’s personal property. Setting up a general partnership is similar to setting up a proprietorship. An attorney should compose the actual terms of the agreement.

Joint Venture—A group and an entrepreneur join together to complete a project (writing a song or producing a master recording). Once the project is complete there is no reason for the relationship to continue. They are actually in a partnership for that one business transaction. One party is contributing service and one party is contributing service or money.

Limited Partnership—A limited partnership is created to fund a business project. A general partner takes on the normal business responsibilities, and the limited partner contributes capital but takes no part in business management and has no liability beyond the investment. The limited partner acts as a backer to finance a project (usually for a limited time). State and Federal security laws govern limited partnerships, and an attorney should be consulted.

Limited Liability Partnership—This type of partnership protects individual partners from personal liability for the negligent acts of other partners or employees not under their direct control. These companies are most common among law firms.


A corporation is a separate business entity from the persons who manage it. Ownership is obtained by buying shares of stock in the corporation. Personal assets of individuals are protected from creditors. Corporations can be public (stock traded on a stock exchange) or private (stock not available to the open market). In a private corporation all shareholders have some relationship to the business. Most bands keep their corporations private.

There are two types of corporations: “C” and “S.” “C” corporations provide shareholders with the most protection from liability and responsibility from debts and contracts. Profits for “C” corporations are taxed at the corporate level and at the shareholder level when distributions are made. “S” corporations also provide shareholders with protection from liability, but are exempt from federal income tax. The income/loss is passed through to the shareholders and the taxes are paid at the shareholder level.

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

The LLC allows members to enjoy the tax benefits of a partnership and the limited personal liability of a corporation. However, it does not exempt members of the company from being sued for negligence. States vary as to the criteria for forming an LLC. You and/or an attorney should be able to set one up for under $1,000. Each member is issued shares in the company and signs an operating agreement.

In the world of songwriters, touring acts, entertainers, and musicians, the two most commonly used entities are the “S” corporation for touring and Limited Liability Companies. When forming a corporation, an attorney and an accountant should be retained. There are many legal obligations, such as tax and labor laws, which must be followed.

Gary Karr

Gary Karr: Life on the G String

Gary KarrGary Karr’s career as a double bass soloist was launched in 1962 by Leonard Bernstein, in a Young People’s Concert at Carnegie Hall, which was viewed on television by 7 million people. Gary Karr gained legendary status for his virtuosity and inimitable lyricism, infectious sense of humour, and pioneering spirit. In 1967, he founded the International Society of Bassists. The Local 247 (Victoria, BC) member continues to perform and record at age 75. Emotional, surprising, and entertaining, his story appeals to fans, musicians, music-lovers, and biography enthusiasts.

Gary Karr: Life on the G String, by Mary Rannie, Friesenpress,

Springs for Percussion Quartet

Springs for Percussion Quartet

Springs for Percussion QuartetSprings for Percussion is a fascinating piece that demonstrates the ability of percussion to work up kinetic energy through pattern repetition and then “spring” into action. Each of four percussionists uses two drums and a set of three chosen percussive “instruments”—woods for one, metals for another, glass for the third, and plates or flowerpots for the fourth. The instruments should create “relatively harmonious cacophony.” Repeated rhythmic passages grow in intensity before springing into new patterns, and this is repeated throughout.

Springs for Percussion, by Paul Lansky, Carl Fischer Chamber Music,

The Musical Language of Rock

The Musical Language of Rock

The Musical Language of RockFrom The Beatles to Nirvana, Michael Jackson to Bonnie Raitt, music theorist David Temperley shows how rock musicians exploit the musical dimensions of the style—harmony and melody, tonality and scale, rhythm and meter, phrase structure and form—to achieve aesthetic and expressive goals. With abundant musical examples and sound clips available on the book’s companion website, The Musical Language of Rock provides a new and deeper understanding of the power and appeal of rock, and its essential place in modern music.

The Musical Language of Rock, by David Temperley,
Oxford University Press, www.oup.com.

don giovanni

Don Giovanni Overture: Clarinet Octet

don giovanniThis arrangement of Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture for Clarinet Octet includes parts for clarinet in Eb, clarinet in Bb (alternate to clarinet in Eb), four clarinets in Bb, clarinet in Bb (alternative alto clarinet in Eb), two alto clarinets in Eb, and two bass clarinets in Bb. All parts are written to challenge and interest students in grades six through eight.

Don Giovanni Overture: Clarinet Octet, arranged by Melanie Thorne,
Sempre Music, www.sempremusic.co.uk.