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Cheap Grace

“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” 
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Memorial Day Thoughts

Remembering all of those who have fallen, upon whom our freedoms rest.  

In particular, the many great musicians of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard who gave Inspiration to the soldiers, and to those at home.  I am honored to have served with this magnificent band, during which time we helped pay due reverance to the fallen in Arlington Cemetery and elsewhere.

Sp5 Chester Schmitz
The United States Army Band

Making Music

Commit yourself to never, ever playing mf, and that should reduce doing so to about only 75% of the time.


If you want to inhale silently, take in a given amount of air more easily, and more quickly, engage the nasal passage (the nose) when inhaling. Doing this then makes it possible to set your emouchure, with playing pressure, before you breathe, top and bottom center on mouthpiece rim, so that you, after your breath, are immediately ready to make that sound…..accurately and precisely…..and musically. Air comes in at “corners” of the mouth and through the nose. It is not only very easy, but it also is the correct way to prepare and breathe in order to play any brass instrument.

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