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Monterey Band Practice Examples – Movie Favourites

Here are the audio examples for Monterey Concert Band practice:

Theme From Jurrasic Park:

Chariots Of Fire:

The Man From Snowy River:

Forrest Gump – Main Title (Feather Theme):

Somewhere Out There:

The John Dunbar Theme:

Raiders March:

Apollo 13 (End Credits):

Theme From E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial:

Star Trek – The Motion Picture:

Back To The Future:


Monterey Concert Band

Joe is conducting at the Monterey Recreation Centre on Thursdays, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

We are playing an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Opus 39, arranged by James Curnow, from the ‘Album for the Young:’

Here are the other examples for the Monterey Concert Band:

















What is the Monterey Concert Band Working on?

Here are the selections we are working on in the Monterey Concert Band where I conduct on Thursday, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Kingsland Spring:
Looking Past the Shadows:

Broadway Favourites:

Beauty and the Beast:
Don’t Cry for Me Argentina:
Get Me to the Church on Time:
I Dreamed a Dream:
Go Go Go Joseph:
The Phantom of the Opera:
Seventy-Six Trombones:
Concert B-flat Tuning Notes:

Joe on Saxophone Care – padsavers


The long, stiff fluffy cleaners for saxophones are called padsavers. They do clean and dry the inside but should never be left inside the instrument. They are also difficult to clean. Small, stiff brushes should not be used, especially if the bristles are held on with twisted wire; they are for brass instrument metal mouthpieces.

…BG They also have a large selection of neckstraps and ligatures.

Check out Joe’s post on saxophone care.

Saxophone Care

  1. Be aware of hygiene and germs – use your mouthpiece and reed to play other saxophones.
  2. Always have clean hands and mouth.
  3. Wipe mouthpiece after each playing.
  4. Remember saliva and sweat are acidic and will damage the saxophone if not cleaned.
  5. Carefully remove dust and saliva periodically,
  6. A pad saver and crook pull-through help (a handkerchief on a boot lace works fine).
  7. Always use a mouth-piece cap when not playing.
  8. Remove reed after each playing and store on a flat clean surface.
  9. Never hold the saxophone by the keys.
  10. Guard against knocks, scrapes, and vibration.
  11. Have the saxophone checked twice yearly.
  12. Use oil and polish very sparingly – only on older instruments.
  13. Make sure the saxophone is secure on sling or stand – a good sling and stand can save expensive repair bills.
  14. Avoid extreme temperature change – e.g. radiators, trunk of car
  15. Regularly brush out or vacuum the case.
  16. Most cases have bad or unsuitable straps, edges, hinges and padding.
  17. Not all saxophones fit in all cases – check the fit.
  18. Always keep a copy of the registration number somewhere safe and make sure your instrument is properly insured.
  19. Many simple emergency or temporary repairs can be done with a screwdriver, pliers, tape, elastic bands and cardboard before bringing the saxophone for professional repair.
Be gentle with your saxophone.

Library Book Sales are a great way to find free music resources.

Your library and librarians are a great free resource for recorded music, music history books, and print music. Throughout the year, library book sales offer an economical way to acquire books and print resources to help your music practice and provide inspiration.

Check this site for updates on the latest book sales in Victoria:


– Joe