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