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If you've watched a concert by the Boston Pops in person or on TV, you'll delight in learning about the varied Pops bass choreography, which is explained in quite rich detail here and there, with a special item on page 44. You can learn about the hazards of a violinist suffering a broken string (51), the back-and-forth tricks involving the late Henry Mancini (he gave as good as he got! -- page 81), travel (150), and the night the basses were loaded (page 106).

He also explains how he came to write three well-regarded pieces for orchestra and actors, especially for children's concerts. Peter vs the Wolf; The Phantom of the Orchestra and J S Bach, Superstar. I won't spoil the reasoning behind the shaggy dog tale of this occurance. You'll have to read it for yourself, and I'd be willing to bet you'll be glad you did!

Although there's no ISBN number on my copy of Real Men Don't Rehearse, there is one listed for Amazon.com -- 0615130291. Of course, it is also available on Justin Locke's web-site, as are the above-mentioned pieces for children's concerts.

Copyright © 8 August 2006 Kelly Ferjutz, Cleveland USA

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Real Men Don't Rehearse
Adventures in the Secret World of Professional Orchestras

Justin Locke

Justin Locke Productions, 2005, ISBN 0-61513-029-1,
206 pages, paperback, laminated

JUSTIN LOCKE

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