THE WORLD RENOWNED HORN PERFORMER AND LECTURER VISITED WITH THE BLUECOATS & STUDENTS OF THE BLUE WAY
The monotony of Spring Training was broken this weekend - the Bluecoats had visitors, lots of them. THE BLUE WAY Interactive Educational Experience brought 100 high school students to Indiana Wesleyan University to rehearse and perform alongside the 2019 Bluecoats, and Drum Corps International brought members of its executive team, board of directors, the Marching Music Health & Wellness Project, and DCI media team to host the second-annual DCI Community Forum. As if that wasn’t enough, the world-renowned hornist, TED speaker, and self-taught magician Jeff Nelsen visited Spring Training for a day of lectures, rehearsals, and a bit of magic.
Jeff Nelsen has been a performer in the Canadian Brass for more than eight years, and has a staggering resume of experience performing in the horn sections of dozens of orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Montreal, and St. Louis Symphonies. In 2011 at Indiana University, Jeff gave a celebrated TEDx Talk about fearless performance and has since given Fearless Performance lectures to fellow TED presenters, teachers, athletes, and business people around the world. Professor Nelsen gave one such talk to the 2019 Bluecoats and students of THE BLUE WAY this weekend at the beautiful Phillippe Auditorium at Indiana Wesleyan University.
In addition to his lecture, Jeff spent the afternoon with the Bluecoats hornline rehearsing with them during sectionals and incorporating elements of his pedagogy into rehearsal. Mr. Nelsen is a professor of horn at the distinguished Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Four lucky brass students spent time with Jeff in a private lesson on french horn working on horn repertoire featured in the Bluecoats 2019 production.
“We’re so lucky to have had Jeff here with us this weekend. Jeff is a killer player and fantastic educator,” said Doug Thrower, fellow Canadian and Bluecoats Composer and Brass Designer. “I’m so grateful that he was able to make the journey to us in his busy schedule.”
For more information about Jeff Nelsen and his Fearless Performance workshops visit jeffnelsen.com. You can watch Bluecoats premiere next week live in person at Ford Field in Detroit or in theaters around the country. The corps will also be performing close to home at Innovations In Brass: North Canton on Saturday, June 22nd - tickets available here.