Current Branson Happenings 

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It has been awhile since I added something new, so here goes.  I am currently playing with the CJ Newsom country variety show here in Branson.  I play tenor sax, clarinet, and flute, and sometimes keyboards if needed.  The show is at the Americana Theater on the strip across from The Presley's show.  I am also a member of the All Hands On Deck Show orchestra.  The show is currently touring America and will be back in Branson in 2019 at a theater to be determined.  I continue to be employed as the…

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Branson News-July 2013 

The Patsy Cline Remembered show contiunes at the IMAX comples at 9:00 am.  I am still playing keys, flute, clarinet, and also key bass with my left hand.  Busy, but lots of fun.  Check my other post about moving to a new theater next year.  I am also enjoying playing Bari with the Ozark Mountain Saxophone Band.  Check my post under news for upcoming dates and times.

Have you heard some live music lately?  Hope so.  Make sure you tell them thank you for playing.  If you know who hired them, thank them too…

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Playing A Show Again 

It has been a pleasure to play piano and horns in the Patsy Cline Remembered show in Branson.  Practicing and listening to other players is nice, but playing for an audience is hard to beat.  We have a very fine band that is fun to listen to.  I enjoy being around other musicians who enjoy playing their instruments.  The interplay between parts is what brings me the most enjoyment. 

It is also nice to be in an all "live" band.  No tracks here.  Just pure live music being played by "breathing" musicians…

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Fraud.  What is it?  Would you know it if you saw/heard it?  Think about advertised LIVE MUSIC.  Did you go hear the live music?  Was it really live?

I must admit I cheat with my one man act.  I play horns (live) to pre-recorded tracks.  When I advertise myself I make sure to say I use recorded tracks.  It is quite obvious when when see my act.  I do arrange and record all my own tracks.  Does it bother you that sometimes we cheat like this?  I do it for simplicity reasons.  It is alot of work, but I have…

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Life as a musician #4 

For all you prospective teachers and professional musicians:

I learned a lesson even in my old age this week.  It hurts when you yell at your ensemble members.  I try not to as a leader be too "pompus", but I know there have been times I failed at that attempt.  Once at church and once at a local rehearsal, I was the brunt of some unkind words.  Boy did that hurt.  Bascially I was doing my job and pow it happened.

I encourge you to measure your words carefully and treat others as you would want to be…

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Life as a musican-#3 

Been awhile since I imparted any wisdom, so here goes.  Why do so many folks want us to play for free?  Do you call a plumber, and then ask him/her to work for free?  Can you get your car scoped at the dealership for free?  Probably not.

Of course there are charity events we all support.  Many of us play for free at our churches.  Maybe we have become a nation where everything is supposed to be free.   I suggest that if you want music for free, turn on the radio.  Build a nice band stand, put a radio up…

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One Man Band-Me-"Solo Performance" 

I play background easy listening and dinner music for special occasions.  If you live in the Branson-Springfield area, please mention my name to folks who might need my services.  I use recorded tracks and play the clarinet, sax, flute and piano as the solo instruments.  I can also provide larger groups and vocalists as needed.

I play all kinds of music, but mostly jazz, smooth jazz and pop tunes.  Check out some of my tracks on this website.

Thanks-James Goldapp

Life as a musican-#2 

I have been reading lately that many music teachers may lose their jobs next year because of budget cuts.   This concerns many of my colleagues in the band teaching world.  When I was teaching band in Texas, I also worried about this possiblity.  As humans we do not necessarily like change.

I shocked several when I guit teaching after twenty one years to pursue a full-time playing position in Branson.  We moved within two weeks, and I was playing a show the day after we arrived.  It was a scary thing to…

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Life as a musician 

Hope you have been practicing your axe.  Got to keep those chops in good shape for your next big event.  Well it is that time of the year in Branson.  Some shows are finally opening up.  Others look like they may stay closed this year.  We have had several horn positions in town go down this year.  If you go to a show thank them for having live music, and better yet thank them if they have a horn section.

If you are a praying person, say one for all the un-employed musicians in this world.  We need your…

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Getting Started Teaching Band 

I'm sure many of you are entering contest season in your area.  This can be a trying time for young directors.  With budget cuts, testing, and all kinds of other problems, your rehearsals might be frustrating.  Try to ignore as much of that as possible when you step on the podium.  Get a firm grip on your baton and get to work.

Something that might help you decide what to work on, is to record your rehearsals.  Some people even video their rehearsals to help them know where they need to improve as a…

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