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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Jeffrey Michael Austin: Eternally Composed 

Eternally Composed is an ongoing series of infinitely looping music compositions.
Ink on paper, 9 x 12”

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Last night’s Prom in London was trumpet player Georg Hilser’s last concert with the orchestra after 38 years. In this photo taken backstage at the Royal Albert Hall, all the brass are smiling but Georg will be very missed both as a musician and a person. You couldn’t wish for a nicer colleague than Georg!

Thanks, Georg, for all these years of great playing. You will be very much missed!

Photos: Markus Weidmann

The Berlin Phil now has an 18 year-old second trumpet player, Florian Pichler. He started playing the trumpet in 2003.

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10 of the Most Minuscule Musical Instruments

In our search to reply with a picture of the world’s smallest violin (playing the world’s saddest song) to a particularly whiny email from a friend, we came across an entire catalogue of minuscule musical instruments. How good are tiny things?!

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Fun Story: My director kept telling me and my tenor sax buddy to play softer. No matter what we did, it wasn’t soft enough for him. So getting frustrated, I told my buddy “Dont play this time. Just fake it” 

Our Band Director then informed us we sounded perfect. 

To my readers: “p” means quiet, “pp” means really quiet. I’ve never seen “pppp” before haha.

On the contrast, “f” means loud, and “ffff” probably means so loud you go unconscious.

I had ffff in a piece once and my conductor told me to play as loudly as physically possible without falling off my chair…

Me and my trombone buddies had “ffff” and he sat next to me and played so hard that he fell out of his chair.

The lengths we go for music.

Okay yeah so I play the bass clarinet and the amount of air you have to move and the stiffness of the reed means it only has two settings and that is loud and louder, with an optional LOUDEST that includes a 50% probability of HORRIBLE CROAKING NOISE which is the bass equivalent of the ubiquitous clarinet shriek.

One day, when I was in concert band in high school, we got a new piece handed out for the first time, and there was a strange little commotion back in the tuba section — whispering, and pointing at something in the music, and swatting at each other’s hands all shhh don’t call attention to it. And although they did attract the attention of basically everyone else in the band, they managed to avoid being noticed by the band director, who gave us a few minutes to look over our parts and then said, “All right, let’s run through it up to section A.”

And here we are, cheerfully playing along, sounding reasonably competent — but everyone, when they have the attention to spare, is keeping an eye on the tuba players. They don’t come in for the first eight measures or so, and then when they do come in, what we see is:

[stifled giggling]

[reeeeeeally deep breath]


The entire band stops dead, in the cacophonous kind of way that a band stops when it hasn’t actually been cued to stop. The band director doesn’t even say anything, just looks straight back at the tubas and makes a helpless sort of why gesture.

In unison, the tuba players defend themselves: “THERE WERE FOUR F’S.”

FFFF is not really a rational dynamic marking for any instrument, but for the love of all that is holy why would you put it in a tuba part.

This is the best band post 

Everyone else go home

Oh man, so I play trombone, and we got this piece called Florentiner Marsch by Julius Fucik, and we saw this


which is 8 fortes. We were shocked until,


that is 24 fortes who the fuck does that

Who does that?

This guy. Take a good look - that is the moustache of a man with nothing to lose.

Julius IdontgivaFucik

More like Julius Fuckit

Pyrozod's tags for this were too hilarious not to share

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"Why isn’t this on IMSLP?" and a Collection of Other Short Stories 

By: Every Single Music Major

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Zodiac Aries facts — Aries are huge music loves and tend to like a range of musical genres.

Oh hey imagine that!


Zodiac Aries facts — Aries are huge music loves and tend to like a range of musical genres.

Oh hey imagine that!

As arrogant as this might sound, you know you’ve delved too deep into the music world when stuff like this actually starts to bother you.

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So I cut it with a flat one instead.

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Jim Riley (music educator and drummer with Rascal Flatts) gave a lesson hosted by Drumeo on how to create drum grooves that are musical, tasteful, and appropriate for any style of music. I’m not a drummer, but Jim Riley makes a lot of fantastic points about musicality and fitting into the texture of the music you’re performing. I especially recommend this video to performing musicians, songwriters, and music educators.

Don’t forget to download the pdf in the description to follow along with the lesson!