Guest Speaker : MR DENNIS WICK


“Breathing Techniques for the Low Brass Instruments”

I. The Importance of Proper Breathing Technique
II. Correct Posture (Standing or Sitting)
III. Releasing Mental and Physical Tension
IV. “Reading” the Body as Manual for Breathing Technique
V. Natural versus Controlled Exhalation
VI. Specific demands of Low Brass Instruments

This workshop presents a clear concept of breathing technique for all musicians. We know that breathing is essential in producing a sound on a wind instrument, but developing the breathing technique improves sound quality, endurance, musical phrasing and shaping. 
The practical exercises included in this clinic will increase the player’s lung capacity while increasing efficiency of the air. These methods are based on the observation of the natural cycle of inhalation and exhalation. As a “built-in” process of our body, this concept can be taken everywhere and can be practiced at any time.
Proper breathing technique requires a completely relaxed body, thereby eliminating muscle tension, strain, and performance jitters. 

Biographical Information: Markus Theinert, born in 1964 in Weingarten, Germany, is a professional tuba player and conductor. Graduated from “Hochschule der Kuenste” in Berlin, he became a master student of the late Maestro Sergiu Celibidache in Munich and Paris. He has played tuba for all major Berlin Symphonies including the Berlin Philharmonic and in various brass ensembles (Brandenburg Quintet, Japan Brass Soloists, Brass Academy Berlin, and many more). Markus Theinert conducts orchestras, bands and choirs in both Germany and abroad. From 1992 until 1997 he conducted the Brandenburg Chamber Orchestra in Berlin. Since 1997, Mr. Theinert has held the post of Musical Director of the Bavarian State Police Band in Munich. He is regularly invited as conductor, soloist, adjudicator and clinician to numerous international festivals and competitions in the United States, Japan, Mexico and Europe. In September 2000, he was appointed musical director of the Bavarian Band Association MON. Markus Theinert has been a Miraphone Instruments Consultant for 15 years. He became president of the company in January 2002.