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The Stockholm Chamber Brass has been setting standards in brass playing since its formation in the mid 1980s. Although it started as a student side project, the group became serious about chamber brass very quickly, according to founding member and trombonist Jonas Bylund. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Bylund and fellow SCB player Tom Poulson share their perspectives on the world of brass music.

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Michael Turner says the inspiration for making a movie about stuttering came to him in 2009. Turner says he was on a trip with a friend who asked him what it was like to stutter. 


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When it comes to mapping its natural resources, Michigan falls behind other states. But a $500,000 state grant may help change that. The grant to the Michigan Geological Survey will pay for statewide resource mapping. 

Blarney Castle was formed in 2014 by six Western Michigan University music students. It was the brainchild of Joel Myers, a native of Chelsea, MI, who gained his Irish fiddling skills performing with the Chelsea House Orchestra.

Since its formation, Blarney Castle has performed sophisticated arrangements and original sets of Celtic music at festivals around the state and beyond. The new single, "Silhouettes Against The Soil," to be released on October 14, was written by Myers. Myers, keyboardist Lukas Stanley, and singer/flutist E.J. Schubkegel visited WMUK to preview the new song.


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Western Jazz Quartet saxophonist Andrew Rathbun and pianist Jeremy Siskind talk about the challenges and satisfaction of adding a new voice to the mix, with just one rehearsal to prepare. This is not uncommon in the jazz world, and according to Rathbun, John Hébert is one of the finest bassists working today.


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