On February 7, 1999, NASA launched the Stardust spacecraft. Its mission was to collect samples of a comet called Wild 2 and return them to earth for analysis. The particles it was to collect were dust formed around other stars – dust estimated to be older than our sun. These particles were called Stardust.

It was discovered that these very rare Stardust particles were some of the early building blocks of our solar system. The comet’s ice was formed in cold regions around Neptune yet the rock comprising most of the comet’s bulk formed close to the sun, an area so hot that its heat can melt bricks.

Stardust taught us much, including the fact that comets are a mixture of materials made by conditions of both fire and ice.

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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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