Unfortunately, Pluto, doesn’t really “matter” to classical musicians either…

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With all the notoriety about Pluto being degraded to a “minor planet” status, musicians everywhere must be thrilled that Gustav Holst‘s  famous composition, “The Planets“, is back to it’s complete categorical wholeness.  As you may know, Pluto wasn’t even found until 1930 and Holst finished his composition almost a full twenty years prior. Holst was completely in the “dark” about Pluto, much like the “planet” is itself.

Perhaps we will see a revival of the famous piece in symphonies and wind-ensembles everywhere, heralding a new era where “the music of the spheres” is back in harmony with the new found reality. The poor, little, ugly, “dwarfed” cousin has been, literally, left out in the cold.  :)

Now, what to do about that overly friendly yellow dog? ;)

~J. Pisano

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.

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