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What’s In Your Bag?

Here are some things Florida Gulf Coast University’s Trent R. Brown brings on his travels.

Trent R. Brown (photo on right by Craig Hildebrand)

Associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Florida Gulf Coast University Trent R. Brown is never still for long. He takes students to study abroad and guest conducts at festivals in Florida and beyond. Here are some things he brings on his travels.

1. The bag: Mobile Edge ECO Messenger ($49.99, mobileedge.com)

2. iPad Air (from $399, apple.com): “I use it to record in a rehearsal. I use an app called Pro Metronome (free, app stores) as a timekeeper.”

3. Mollard conducting batons ($25.95 and $39.95, mollard.com): “If I’m doing something that’s more baroque and light, I use one baton; if I’m doing something that’s more romantic and heavy, I use a different one.”

4. Bärenreiter sheet music ($12.95-$77, baerenreiter.com): Brown carries pieces he is preparing to conduct or studying for the future. “Right now I have F.J. Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, and Mozart’s Requiem.”

5. Passport: “In May we’re taking students to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, and I’ve got some work in South America in September.”

6. Crayola colored pencils: (from $1.97, walmart.com): “I use them for marking up my music. Red means something is loud, blue means it’s soft, yellow means I should give special attention to a specific instrument or section, purple means some sort of rhythmic change, and green is just what I make notes in.” 

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