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Tennessee living!

I can't believe it is March 2017! This year has really flown by, and I am having a great time in my new digs! Before the Fall semester began I was busy with a few activities: I gave a masterclass at the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts at Middle Tenn State...

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I’m not in Kansas anymore!

Well, I just finished my first week teaching at Tennessee Tech University and I am even more excited for what the future holds! I love my new colleagues, students, campus, town, and new home. I moved to Cookeville, TN on July 30th and had my first orientation meeting...

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Summer 2016

So as the summer comes to an end I find myself in new surroundings with new exciting opportunities for the year ahead. This summer, I was pleased to have the opportunity to serve as a campus co-liaison for the KY Governors Scholar's Program at Northern Kentucky...

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ITG 2016 – the recap!

Just got back from ITG 2016 and wow, what an awesome conference!!!! I think it was the best one I have attended in regards to the place (Cali!), artists (Big Phat Band!), and hotel! It was a vacation with trumpet concerts/clinics at every hour, so cool. Next year the...

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New Beginnings!

So I mowed the lawn last week, that means Summer is upon us! I love summer time, it is usually the time to travel, spend time with loved ones, and rejuvenate. That being said, this summer will be a little different... I have a busy summer and for the first time in...

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Spring is in the Air!

Taking a breather after a busy start to the 2016 Spring semester! Since January I presented at the OMEA (OH), KMEA (KY), and TMEA (TX) conferences. I also performed as a soloist at the OMEA and KMEA conferences with the Fillmore Wind Band and Campbell County High...

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When things don’t go as planned!

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez, after being accidentally crowned as the Miss Universe pageant's winner by host Steve Harvey, called the mishap not only embarassing for herself, but for also for all Latina women in the competition. It was a tough pill to swallow I am...

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Happy Holidays!

Back in Northern Kentucky and looking forward to having the next 3 weeks off to practice, do yoga, clean/organize, etc!!! I just got back from the Midwest Clinic where I was fortunate enough to serve as a clinician. My session was called, "Brass Tactics- Building...

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Pumpkin Spice Time!

The weather is getting cooler and I am heading to a marching band festival later this evening. I will be taking a pumpkin spice latte with me! 🙂 I actually had a good time judging at the Campbell County Marching Band Festival last week. I am judging another contest...

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Brass Tactics

Just finished the second week of classes for the 2015-16 academic year at NKU. I am starting my 7th year, and it has already been the best start to a year ever! I am extremely pleased and excited with the trumpet studio. We have already had 2 trumpet ensemble...

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NKU Summer Music Institute

I had a FANTASTIC time serving as the Orchestra Director for the 2015 Summer Music Institute (SMI) Youth Orchestra! I work mainly with wind ensembles so working with strings was a big treat. It was also a challenge that I very much enjoyed. In addition, the week long...

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Raquel Rodriquez

Trumpet Educator and Performer