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1/2009 BJAM Session Newsletter

We have a lot of “New“s this time around. In addition to the new year, a new president, and many new economic paradigms, we have new opportunities, new organizations, and more new music.

First, Marching Band music. In addition to our semi-regular addition of new jazz charts to the catalog, we’ve begun a whole new category of charts. Check our website for MIDI recordings and descriptions.

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9/2008 BJAM Session Newsletter

INTRODUCTION – As we launch into the Fall season, we’re all working our way through many new beginnings – a new school year, students entering a new grade level, possibly even at a new school. Younger students are just beginning their band experiences while those just a few years older are learning what it’s like to be a member of a marching band. There are plenty of new band directors taking the helm for their very first time, too. There are even those brave enough to be starting a jazz program for the very first time! To all of you – congratulations, both for the courage to take that first step and for the tenacity to keep taking the ones after that.

Here at BJAM, we’ve got some new beginnings of our own.

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8/2008 BJAM Session Newsletter

First, Baker’s Jazz And More is finally fulfilling its entire name. We’ve been doing the Jazz part pretty well, and now we can proudly announce “And More”, too, with the addition of our NEW MARCHING BAND MUSIC. We currently have three stand tunes available – “Blanca”, “Senor Frio”, and “Sesos de Huesos” – all from the library of Robert “Beto” Skiles and Beto y los Fairlanes. We will have full scores and MIDI recordings available at our booth. These are proven crowd pleasers that will have your fans up and moving. Please drop by to check them out.

Second, We are proud to announce that all BJAM music is now available through RBC Music of San Antonio. You can make your purchases at our booth or theirs. Look for us in the jazz section of their display area, and if you don’t see the title you’re looking for, ask them for it and they can order it for you. We offer same day shipping.

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7/2008 BJAM Session Newsletter

And it’s hotter than, uh, usual. I hope everybody’s getting at least a little break in between band camps and family vacations (why are vacations always so much work?) before starting preparations for Summer Band in August. Here at BJAM there’s no letting up during the summer. For us, the Fourth of July menas more than family, food, and fireworks, it means that there’s only three weeks left before the Texas Bandmasters convention. Pedal to the metal time!

So, in that light, we’ve been writing more new music, getting this month’s BJAM Session together, keeping the printer busy making sure inventory is stocked up and ready, AND…………..

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6/2008 BJAM Session Newsletter

INTRODUCTION – Spring cleaning, Summer fun
NEW MUSIC – New Series and new charts are now available
FEATURE SOLO – formerly Guest Artist – Jazz Festival Judges – What are the most common comments you make?
OPEN CHORUSES – Open for discussion
SHOUT SECTION – Upcoming Jazz Camps and Clinics, TBA info, Stephen F. Austin HS/Essentially Ellington
CODA – Final Words
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INTRODUCTION – Spring Cleaning, Summer Fun

It’s been awhile since our last issue, and in that time a number of topics and newsworthy items have been collecting on my desk. So, in a frantic effort to reclaim my desktop and hard drive space, as well as catch a gasp of fresh air, I’ve collected them all into this one issue.

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01/2008 - January Newsletter

INTRODUCTION – Holidays and gift giving
NEW MUSIC – New charts are on the way
GUEST ARTIST – Paul Baker writes on gifts to give your students and your program
OPEN CHORUSES – Open for discussion
SHOUT SECTION – Thanks and kudos
CODA – Final Words

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10/2007 - October Newsletter

INTRODUCTION – All Region Jazz concerts, introducing Mark Gurgel and the Kealing MS jazz program (Austin, TX)
NEW MUSIC – Nothing new to report this month, but there are plenty of charts in the works to be announced in future issues.
GUEST ARTIST – Mark Gurgel, director at Kealing MS in Austin, TX – “Starting A Jazz Program In Your School”
OPEN CHORUSES – Open for discussion
SHOUT SECTION – Texas State University Jazz Program, concert dates, contact info
CODA – Final Words

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09/2007 - September Newsletter

INTRODUCTION – How and why BJAM is different from your usual retailer/vendor
NEW MUSIC – New composers and new original music for all levels – Middle School, HIgh School, and College
GUEST ARTIST – Rick Lawn, Dean of Performing Arts at the University of the Arts – Methods for Practicing Jazz Improvisation
OPEN CHORUSES – Open for discussion
SHOUT SECTION – Calendar of University of Jazz Concerts in Texas
CODA – Final Words

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07/2007 - July Newsletter

INTRODUCTION – Welcome from Paul Baker
NEW MUSIC – New original music for all levels – Middle School, HIgh School, and College
GUEST ARTIST – Edwards Trombones Artist Ron Wilkins offers his views on Jazz Improvisation
OPEN CHORUSES – Open for discussion
SHOUT SECTION – Announcements
CODA – Final Words

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