The MelloCast
A Meeting Place for Mellophonists and Middle Brass Players Everywhere.

Episode 126 - Live from IHS 2011

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Episode 125 - Summer Camps

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Episode 124 - First Horns

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Episode 123 - Cool Cases

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Episode 122 - Gordon Higginbottom

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Episode 121 - Dream Horns

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Episode 120 - How Much Should We Practice?

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Episode 119 - Top 5 for 2010

Episode 119 - Top 5 for 2010

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Episode 118 - Oil!

Episode 118 - Oil!

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Episode 117 - Back to School

Episode 117 - Back to School

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Episode 116 - French Horns on YouTube

Episode 116 - French Horns on YouTube

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Episode 115 - 2010 IHS Symposium

Episode 115 - 2010 IHS Symposium Recap

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Episode 114 - Patterson Shoot-Out

Episode 114 - Patterson Shoot-Out

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Episode 113 - French Horn Nation 2010 LIVE!

Episode 113 - French Horn Nation 2010 LIVE!

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Episode 112 - Advocate for the Alto Horn

Episode 112 - Advocate for the Alto Horn

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Episode 111 - Double Descants

Episode 111 - Double Descants

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Episode 110 - The Ascending Horn

Episode 110 - Sandra Clark and the Ascending Horn

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Episode 109 - High Notes

Episode 109 - High Notes

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Episode 108 - Mouthpiece Recommendations

Episode 108 - Mouthpiece Recommendations

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Episode 107 - Beyond Farkas

Episode 107 - Beyond Farkas

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Episode 106 - Embouchure Strengthening Tools

Episode 106 - Embouchure Strengthening Tools

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Episode 105 - Vienna Horns

Episode 105 - Vienna Horns

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Episode 104 - James Peterson

Episode 104 - Film Composer James Peterson

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Episode 103 - N.A.M.M. 2010 Episode 103 - N.A.M.M. 2010
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Episode 102 - Mike McCool Episode 102 - Mike McCool
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Episode 101 - Top 5 for 2009 Episode 101 - Top 5 for 2009
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Episode 100 - Secrets Episode 100 - Secrets
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Episode 99 - Coping with the Tenor Horn as a French Hornist Episode 99 - Coping with the Tenor Horn as a French Hornist
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Episode 98 - Horn Hacks Episode 98 - Horn Hacks
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Episode 97 - Listener Questions 5 Episode 97 - Listener Questions 5
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Episode 96 - Patterson Leadpipe

Episode 96 - Patterson Hornworks Mellophone Leadpipe

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Episode 95 - Humboldt Brass Workshop Episode 95 - Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop
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Episode 94 - The Mouthpiece Wheel of Doom Episode 94 - The Mouthpiece Wheel of Doom
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Episode 93 - Single Horns Episode 93 - Single Horns
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Episode 92 - Horn Matters Website Episode 92 - Horn Matters Website
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Episode 91 - Marching With French Horns Episode 91 - Marching With French Horns
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Episode 90 - DCI 2009 with Kevin Gamin Episode 90 - DCI 2009 with Kevin Gamin from Drum Corps Planet
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Episode 89 - French Horn Nation 2009 Episode 89 - Mark Taylor and French Horn Nation, 2009
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Episode 88 - 2009 IHS Symposium Episode 88 - 2009 International Horn Society Symposium Recap
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Episode 87 - Tenor Horns on YouTube Episode 87 - Tenor Horns on YouTube
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Episode 86 - Listener Questions 4 Episode 86 - Listener Questions 4
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Episode 85 - Gino Cipriani Episode 85 - Interview with Gino Cipriani
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Episode 84 - A Complete Guide to Brass ... Almost Episode 84 - A Complete Guide to Brass ... Almost
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Episode 83 - Mellos on YouTube 3 Episode 83 - Mellophones on YouTube 3
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Episode 82 - ID'ing Old Horns Episode 82 - Identifying Old Horns with Kenton Scott
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Episode 81.5 - News for April 1, 2009

Episode 81.5 - News for April 1, 2009

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Episode 81 - History Revisited Episode 81 - Mellophone History Revisited with Kenton Scott
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Episode 80 - Quick Horn Changes Episode 80 - Quick Horn and Mouthpiece Changes
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Episode 79 - Limited Practice Time Episode 79 - Limited Practice Time
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Episode 78 - Interview with John Meehan Episode 78 - Interview with John Meehan, Brass Caption Head for the Concord Blue Devils
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Episode 77 - History of the Mellophone Episode 77 - The History of the Mellophone with Greg Monks
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Episode 76 - Getting It Back Episode 76 - Getting It Back - week of February 22, 2009
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Episode 75 - N.A.M.M. Episode 75 - Chris goes to N.A.M.M. - week of February 15, 2009
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Episode 74 - Must-Have CD's Episode 74 - Must-Have CD's - week of January 25, 2009
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Episode 73 - Nirschl and Monette Episode 73 - Nirschl and Monette - week of January 18, 2009
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Episode 72 - Pimp My Horn Episode 72 - Pimp My Horn - week of January 11, 2009
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Episode 71 - Top 5 for 2008 Episode 71 - Top 5 for 2008 - week of December 28, 2008
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Episode 70 - Fingerings Episode 70 - Fingering Your Instrument - week of December 21, 2008
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Episode 69 - Christmas Clips Episode 69 - 4 Christmas Listening Assignments - week of December 14, 2008
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Episode 68 - Gifts '08 Episode 68 - Gifts for the Discriminating Mellophonist '08 - week of December 7, 2008
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Episode 67 - What We're Playing Now Episode 67 - What We're Playing Now - week of November 30, 2008
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Episode 66 - St. Paul's Brass Quintet Episode 66 - Interview with Rich Sterner from St. Paul's Brass Quintet - week of November 23, 2008
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Episode 65 - Chris's Tenor Horn Adventure Episode 65 - Chris Nalls's Adventures with the Tenor Horn - week of November 16, 2008
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Episode 64 - Bonnie Ott Thompson Episode 64 - Interview with Mellophone Legend Bonnie Ott Thompson - week of November 9, 2008
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Episode 63 - Improv for Dummies Episode 63 - Mark Taylor discusses Improv for Dummies; improvisation basics for the non-jazz player - week of November 2, 2008
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Episode 62 - All-American College Band Episode 62 - Jennifer Bliman, Mellophonist with the 2008 All-American College Band at Disneyland - week of October 26, 2008
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Episode 61 - Mellos on Facebook Episode 61 - Mellophones on Facebook - week of October 5, 2008
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Episode 60 - See the Girls Dance Episode 60 - Mark Taylor's new ensemble, "See the Girls Dance" - week of September 28, 2008
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Episode 59 - Marching French Horns

Episode 59 - Marching F French Horns - week of September 21, 2008

Foregoing catalog descriptions, there are technically Bb and F Marching French Horns.  This is about F Marching French Horns.

  • F Marching French Horns have a French Horn mouthpiece and receiver.
  • The instrument does have its roots in Drum Corps.
  • The instrument is basically either a bellfront Descant horn, or a Mellophone with a French Horn receiver and mouthpiece with a slightly different taper off the leadpipe.  It has a Mellophone-sized bell.
  • Kanstul still makes these.  Blessing made them, too.
  • These are good alternatives for French Horn players.
  • There's really no reason why one can't march with a French Horn mouthpiece.
  • Sound-wise, they don't cut as much as a Mellophone, but the tone is decent with good intonation.  Chris says it has a "naked" French Horn quality.
  • Possibly the reason they are not popular as it's more difficult for Trumpet players to move to them.  John likes the idea of new players using the horn mouthpiece as it will be easier to convert them.
  • Chris feels it's the "perfect" instrument for marching.  The Bb Marching Horn tends to crack more.
  • Listening Assignment:  "The Piper o' Dundee" by Kenneth Downie, performed by the Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band.
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Episode 58 - Piston/Rotor Horns Episode 58 - Piston/Rotor Horns - week of September 14, 2008
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Episode 57 - Bb Marching Horns Episode 57 - Bb Marching Horns - week of September 7, 2008
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Episode 56 - Getting Back In Shape

Episode 56 - Getting Back in Shape - week of August 31, 2008.

So, you've taken some time off during the summer, but now band has started and you need to get in shape fast.  Al and John discuss some tips to help get your chops back in a week.

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Episode 55 - Vibrato Episode 55 - Vibrato - week of August 17, 2008
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Episode 54 - Listener Questions 3

Episode 54 - Listener Question 3 - week of August 10, 2008

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Episode 53 - Blazing Technique Episode 53 - Power Playing, Part 4: Blazing Technique - week of July 13, 2008
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Episode 52 - Range Episode 52 - Power Playing Part 3: Range - week of July 6, 2008
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Episode 51 - Tonguing and Articulation Episode 51 - Power Playing Part 2: Tonguing and Articulation - week of June 29, 2008
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Episode 50 - Flexibility Episode 50 - Power Playing Part 1: Flexibility - week of June 22, 2008
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Episode 49 - Drum Corps Minis Episode 49 - Forrest Christenot, owner of Drum Corps Miniatures - week of June 1, 2009
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Episode 48 - Holly Marino Episode 48 - Holly Marino, Director of Fusion Core - week of May 25, 2008
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Episode 47 - Chris Nalls

Episode 47 - Chris Nalls: A Lifetime of Teaching Mellophone - week of March 18, 2008

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Episode 46 - The Brass Gym Episode 46 - The Brass Gym - week of May 11, 2008
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Episode 45 - Carmel Kenton Project Episode 45 - Mike Pote and the Carmel Kenton Project - week of May 5, 2008
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Episode 44 - First Year Anniversary Episode 44 - First Year Anniversary - week of April 13, 2008
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Episode 43 - 3 Listening Assignments Episode 42 - 3 Listening Assignments - week of March 30, 2008
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Episode 42 - Music Librarian Karen Smith Episode 42 - Interview with Film Music Librarian, Karen M. Smith - week of March 23, 2008
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Episode 41 - Kevin Gamin Episode 41 - Interview with Kevin Gamin - week of March 16, 2008
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Episode 40 - Intonation Episode 40 - Intonation - week of March 9, 2008
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Episode 39 - Jupiter Quantum 5050 Episode 39 - Scooter Scoops the Jupiter Quantum 5050 - week of February 24, 2008
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Episode 38 - Churches and Pits Episode 38 - Churches and Pits - week of February 17, 2008
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Episode 37 - Karl Hammond Episode 37 - Interview with Karl Hammond - week of February 10, 2008
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Episode 36 - Griffin Gunter Episode 36 - Griffin Gunter from the 2007 Cadets - week of February 3, 2008
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Episode 35 - A Mello Catechism Episode 35 - A Mello Catechism - week of January 27, 2008
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Episode 34 - Mellos on YouTube 2 Episode 34 - Mellos on YouTube 2 - week of January 20, 2008
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Episode 33 - Listener Questions 2 Episode 33 - Listener Questions 2 (or "Can Al Read?") - week of January 13, 2008
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Episode 32 - Top 5 for 2007 Episode 32 - Top 5 Events and Advancements for the Mellophone in 2007 - week of December 30, 2007
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Episode 31 - Corps Auditions Episode 31 - Corps Auditions - week of December 23, 2007
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Episode 30 - Gifts for the Discriminating Mellophonist Episode 30 - Gifts for the Discriminating Mellophonist - week of December 9, 2007
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Episode 29 - Kelly Smith, the Reluctant Mellophonist Episode 29 - Kelly Smith, the Reluctant Mellophonist - week of December 2, 2007
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Episode 28 - Doug Lantz "From the 50 Yard Line" Episode 28 - Doug Lantz, Director of "From the 50 Yard Line" - week of November 25, 2007
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