Some musicians play in many different musical situations…constantly moving from one style of music to another and playing with musicians of many musical interests.

John Clark and Vincent Chancey are French horn players and composers who have worked in jazz, classical, Broadway, pop and commercial studio settings.

We hope that French horn players, people who know French horn players, people who have questions about what it’s like to be a French horn player, people who have great French horn jokes, stories, videos, and photos…will all contribute to this blog to help make it a lively, hilarious, and informative place to visit. We have ideas for some fun features in the future, so stay in touch and tell us what you think.

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Hey all, sorry, but due to massive scheduling conflicts and obligations, we are suspending activity here for now.   We will get back soon with more!  Happy Holidays to all!

John, Vincent & Tom

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Post from Michael Kates

I dont Phrase Like Mike Angelo

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Solo Contest #3!

Things have been a little quiet over the Summer, but thanks to Abe Mamet’s wonderful research, we are now presenting our third Solo Contest.   The rules will be a little different this time:

  1. Everyone is allowed one guess / entry only!  The first person to guess correctly, the identity of all four players, is the winner.  (if you guess wrong the first time, you don’t get more chances!)
  2. This contest will run until 31 December 2017 at midnight, or until someone wins.
  3. As of today (1 October 2017) we don’t have a prize in place, but that will change soon, so stay tuned!

The sound clips are at:

Have fun and good luck!
When you are sure, and you are ready, please email your entry to:

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Hey everyone, I’d like to share something I think is quite useful:  This came from Mike Kates in Florida.  For all of us (I definitely include myself) who have trouble remembering which mode is which, Mike came up with a cool mnemonic to help us.

The mnemonic is:

“I Do not Phrase Like Michael AngeLo.

© 2017 Michael Kates

The capital letters stand for the modes in order starting with Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. Mike originally used the word “paint” instead of “phrase”because it refers to an artist.  Which one of the two choices is better to use? Your thoughts, anyone?

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Jazz Horn player Martin Mayes in New York.

I got together with Martin Mayes last week in New York. He was just passing through town and we were able to meet for lunch.
He is an improving English player who has been living and working in Italy for more than 30 years now. He is involved with a lot of “Street Theater” around Turin Italy where he lives. He is also a rare French Cor de Chasse player. He discussed some of the difficulties of that instrument and how it differs from natural horn. He also is an Alphorn player. We had a lenthy talk about horn matters. His wife was there abd had to endure through it all.
Vincent Chancey

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We have another WINNER!

Joe Stoebenau has correctly identified the players in contest #2.  Congrats Joe!  Stay tuned everyone; Contest #3 will be coming up shortly!

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Solo Contest #2

OK we are now officially announcing our second solo contest!  The 4 solos can be heard here:

Here are the rules:

1. The contest will end on Sunday, April 30.

2. The prize goes to the first contestant to correctly identify all four solo excerpts.

3. The prize is: the sheet music for the Sonata for Horn, by Bruce Broughton; kindly provided by Patterson Hornworks.

4. Each contestant is allowed one entry only; if you don’t get it on your first try, you don’t get to keep guessing!

5. To enter, send an em-mail with your guess at the four soloists’ names, in the correct order, to:

Have fun and good luck!

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