One of my all-time favorite Christmas stories is a Charlie Brown Christmas. Debuting December 9, 1965, it’s one of the few things that I’ve seen last 50 years and not lose its magic for me.

Written and performed by Vince Guaraldi, the music is absolutely beautiful, going triple Platinum in the US. It was since awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody.

Christmastime is Here is one of the tunes from the show. It is the music at the very opening and again in a few other places. If you’ve forgotten the show, watch it here.

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I really like this interesting and well-disposed book. So many good thoughts, facts and tips on alto trombone. Good guidance for the searching alto souls out there. A must-have for the shelves.

– Håkan Björkman, Principal Trombone at Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I highly recommend Alto Trombone Savvy for players around the world wanting advice on handling the alto trombone at the highest level. Classical and jazz players both share the same challenges, and it’s great to have this book in either bass or alto clef to help answer some of those challenges.

– Carsten Svanberg, International Trombone Soloist and Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Arts Graz

For anyone interested in learning to play the alto trombone, whether for classical or jazz, this book is a must. Clearly written, with excellent exercises and links to audio examples, Michael Lake has provided the trombone world with a wonderful new resource.

– Ralph Sauer, Former Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic

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