Vespertine Formations

This is a music/education themed blog ran by The Man Octave (

I'm a Senior at Ball State University studying Instrumental/General Music Education, with a primary on trumpet. My musical passions primarily lie in worship, jazz, folk, and chamber music. You can also view my online teaching portfolio by clicking the world icon below.

This blog will serve as a place to express my thoughts and share my love of music throughout my endeavors as a musician. Mostly, you'll just see pictures of instruments, but I like to post education related and personal things about music/education as well. My OC will typically be tagged with #personal. Enjoy!
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11 and half minutes is finite.
No matter what you’re afraid of. Falling down. Running out of energy and instantly collapsing in a coma. Legs turning to dust. Failing to do something well. Every runthrough will end in no more than 11 and a half minutes. All comes to pass.

You have a greater…

For my Drum Corps buddies



Old scores are so rude and stuck up I love it

It’s always the Beethoven scores! I have a book from the late 1800’s and the commentary at the front of each Sonata is quite passive aggressive. They make great points though.


I’ve been having difficulties playing anything above high D/Eb on all of my equipment. I don’t have any tension from G-D and I’m not adding any adverse pressure, but for some reason I’m bottoming out in my mouthpieces (Hammond 4S, 4Mb, and 4ML) and closing off my aperture. I don’t seem to have…

I asked this question on my personal blog. Any of my followers here got any suggestions?


The Fifth-Grade Sound

"That hurts my soul."

(via fuckyeahbandbuffalo)


Found a quartet to play next year

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