Joshua MacCluer

Trumpeter, Producer, Educator and Performance Coach


New DJ Josué Song Release- Sunny Beach by Moonlight

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in DJ Josué, Music Production, Uncategorized | 0 comments

New DJ Josué Song Release- Sunny Beach by Moonlight

Today I am very happy to release the first song by DJ Josué in two and a half years, Sunny Beach by Moonlight. It’s a song about a moment from 2012 when I was spending the summer in Bulgaria before my move to Hong Kong. I was visiting Sunny Beach, the legendary/notorious party capital of the Bulgarian seaside. Some Bulgarian friends and we had a small apartment near the beach. The first night I didn’t really understand where our location was exactly. It was a beautiful evening, and we took a stroll down the long empty boardwalk outside our apartment over the sand dunes. ...

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Elevation Solo Album Release and the Myriad Benefits of Recording

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Classical Trumpet, Music Production, Solo | 0 comments

I am delighted to announce the release of my album Elevation, my fifth album as a producer and my first as a classical solo artist. Elevation is the result of almost two years of work and was a tremendous learning experience for me as well a very enjoyable artistic process. The album is now released electronically and if you’d like to download the album or a track please visit CD Baby, iTunes or your favorite online music retailer. I made this album without the expectation of making money or being famous; those are not things that happen as a result of making a self-produced solo...

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The Essential Role of Modeling for Mastery and Rafael Mendez

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Classical Trumpet, Solo, Videos | 0 comments

One of the most effective and time tested methods of getting better at something is modeling. I highly recommend the power of modeling for the development of any skill in any area of performance or life. What is modeling exactly? It is a simple three step process: 1) First find someone (or something) who does well what you want to improve. 2) Study your model carefully, over and over. Notice, learn and internalize every detail you can. 3) Finally, do your best imitation of your model, compare the results, and then repeat the process of 2 and 3. For musicians I highly recommend the...

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Résumé Writing Tips for Orchestral Musicians

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Coaching, Professional Coaching | 2 comments

There was great recent news recently for the Hong Kong Philharmonic when we heard the the orchestra is adding 6 new positions, including 4th trumpet. After advertising internationally, we received 171 résumé applications for the 4th trumpet position. When I examined the résumés we received I noticed that many players are not writing their CVs in the most effective way and many people made critical errors. My colleagues in the other sections have reported the same problems in their résumé pool. Apparently this subject is not being effectively taught at music schools, so I will try...

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The Rite of Spring for Two Trumpets

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Chamber Music, Classical Trumpet, Music Production | 2 comments

Today I am excited to share a fun recording of Edward Hoffman’s arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring For Two Trumpets. Seriously! Normally the Rite of Spring is performed by a huge orchestra, but this is the Cliff’s Notes for two trumpets. It takes special talent to make an effective miniature of such an enormous work, and Ed succeeded admirably in this 15 minute arrangement. William Day and I put in long hours rehearsing this in Bali last summer and we recorded a few months ago in KL. Trumpet dorks, Stravinsky fans, and those who like to cut to the essence of...

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