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Progress, However Slowly [Oct 18th, 2011 @ 12:01am]

In this case at work, with my student-who's now practicing every day, for 30 seconds at a time :), and with me, who played a goodly amount and then wrote a small amount of Perl code when I got home. I'm tired from last night, I've gotta get my car smogged and registered tomorrow (a few days late *sigh*), and I still hate my job...but I'm in a surprisingly good mood despite it all.
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Woodwind Quintet? [Jan 10th, 2010 @ 5:11pm]

I know this is a stab in the dark, but I'm a clarinettist (for fun, not as a job) and just moved to NYC. I'd love to form a woodwind quintet just to get together every few weeks and play for fun. Maybe give a recital at some point. I've been playing for 15 years, including 4 as a college music major. Are there any flautists, oboists, bassoonists, or horn players out there who live in the city and would be interested?

X-posted a few places
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fun post from the blog of composer John Mackey [May 6th, 2009 @ 3:47pm]

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[Sep 11th, 2008 @ 6:58pm]
This is great for high school and younger college students interested in playing in an orchestra or at least delving into the world of orchestral repertoire for trumpet. This is a great buy, because the retail price is $880 or more usually, and selling this for half of that at $499. Email me if you are interested at gms05c@gmail.com

Comes with...
7C Weril mouthpiece
Hard shell case
Valve oil

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Reinecke Octett? [Sep 10th, 2008 @ 11:50am]

Does anyone have a recording of the Reinecke Octett, op. 216 they'd be willing to share? The only copies I'm finding are at special reserve desks in libraries 50 miles away. :(
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Cheese! [May 13th, 2008 @ 8:19am]

[ mood | okay ]

I nearly didn't go to band last night, but I'm glad I did if for nothing else other than to experience the wonder that is a wind band playing Thriller and Eye Of The Tiger.

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BBC Young Musician of the Year [May 11th, 2008 @ 8:14pm]

[ mood | happy ]

I'm going to tell you who won here, so don't read if you plan to watch / listen later.

Just watched the final - amazing! There was a guitarist, a pianist, a trombonist, a percussionist and a flautist. Incidentally, the flautist (from Fife) was the most camp guy I've seen in a while, even for a flute player *g*! He was really into clothes and how he looked :).

Anyway, the winner was the trombonist, at all of 12 years old the youngest ever winner! He was amazing. I actually didn't think he was going to win, but I'm really pleased he did - he was my favourite. He's from near Manchester and goes to Chethams Music School, and is a brass bander (doesn't hinder too much then *g*). It's rare for brass to win (although a trombone did win the very first one in the 70s), so it was extra special!

The different family of instruments seem to attract different personalities and types of people. Having watched all but the keyboard finals, it was quite noticeable. The brass players seemed most normal and I liked them best, but I expect that's because I am a brass player. The string players seem most unlike me of all the families - they tend to be more lovey and stranger, to me. Very different sorts of people. Interestingly, the stings and keyboards tend to have more people with different ethnic backgrounds than, say, the brass and percussion. This perhaps reflects the musical traditions of Britain.

I really enjoyed watching it all, especially the players backgrounds, and it can all still be seen on the BBC iPlayer, and the finals will be broadcast again tomorrow (Monday) night on BBC Radio 3.

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GWB Concert [Mar 20th, 2008 @ 7:47am]

[ mood | hopeful ]

If you're not doing anything this Saturday:

Glasgow Wind Band would like to invite you to our concert on Saturday 22nd March 2008 at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Concert Hall, Glasgow.

We will be presenting a varied programme of entertaining and accessible music. Come and hear the current Scottish and United Kingdom Champion Wind Band “in concert,” performing at their very best.

· Metroplex - Robert Sheldon

· Tuba Concerto - Edward Gregson (Soloist Mark Davis)

· Tudor Psalm - Fisher Tull

· Dance Movements - Phillip Sparke

· Venetian Spells - Martin Ellerby

Tickets: £8.00, £4.50 (concessions)

Box Office: 0141 332 5057 (or on the door).

Concert starts at 7.30pm

Please come!

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The Relative Merits of Tuba Concertos [Feb 5th, 2008 @ 2:26pm]

[ mood | okay ]

Last night we played the Gregson tuba concerto (our resident tuba player, ezyena, who is at the Academy, is the soloist, and is extremely good). It's a really complex and fascinating piece, and very listenable too. Gregson's work is 20th Century, but not modern and minimalist minimalist like Glass, or his ilk. It's quite cinematic, actually. The harmonies and melodies are unusual, but pleasing to the ear (mine, anyway) and take you in all sorts of interesting an unexpected dimensions.

The tuba part is beautiful to listen too, with a lot of difficult high stuff in the second movement in particular, which ezyena played very well. The third movement, in true concerto form, is mostly fast ad impressive.

The first movement contains a six bars or so quote from the Vaughan Williams tuba concerto, in homage. I love the Vaughan Williams - I played the second movement for CSYS/Grade 8/RNCM audition and it's really beautiful. The other movements are lovely too, very melodic and very English, as Vaughan Williams always is. He's one of my favourite composers.

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sousaphone hero [Jan 13th, 2008 @ 10:17pm]

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other websites like jwpepper? [Apr 8th, 2007 @ 3:08pm]

I've been working on a band literature project for one of my music classes, and I've been using jwpepper.com a lot... it's been very helpful! I especially like having recordings to listen to... but are there other good websites out there similar to jwpepper.com? 

x-posted in [info]music_education, collegemusician
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[Apr 8th, 2007 @ 2:01pm]

Amazing and beautiful article from the Washington Post. Take a few minutes to read it. I promise you won't regret it.

X-Posted in a few places.
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NCBF [Mar 29th, 2007 @ 5:33pm]

Competition time again (or, rather, I should say Festival). I'll be down in Newcastle on Saturday at the National Concert Band Festival with the Glasgow Wind Band. We're on last in the open class - there are only four in it this year. The festival has sadly been decreasing in size and scale for may years. We usually get silver - I expect nothing will change this year!

We'll be playing King Solomon's Mines by Nigel Clarke, and a new arrangement we've had commissioned especially of the Scherzo from Shostakovich's 10th Symphony. A difficult, and I must say, not much fun, program. I'll be glad to see th back of these pieces for a while.

After, we'll be working on cheese for our various summer concerts, and serious, new (première) music for a new wind band conference from BASBWE which will be in Glasgow this June/July and we've been asked to play at. I hope we get to do the workshop with Holst music too! I love Holst.
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Ballad and Presto Dance [Mar 24th, 2007 @ 12:06am]

Has anyone played it before or heard of it?
is there a recording of it online somewhere?

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looking for recordings... [Feb 24th, 2007 @ 7:10pm]

[ mood | curious ]

does anyone have a recording of "hammersmith" or "a moorside suite" by gustav holst?  I'm writing a paper on the wind band works of holst, and the library at my college only has recordings of his first and second suites... someday when i have the $$$ i'm going to buy my own recording of them somewhere but until then... can anyone help me out?

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All-State / Other Honors [Jan 25th, 2007 @ 6:06pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Has anyone auditioned for All-State/Region/County yet? West Virginia held its All-State audition about a week ago, and I found out that I made 1st chair clarinet, which is doubly exciting than usual because David Holsinger will be our guest conductor this year.

How about any other musical honors/endeavors? I won a fellowship with Maestro Cooper of the West Virginia Symphony-Orchestra and will be conducting the ensemble on June 3, 2007 at the University of Charleston outside grounds (annual Symphony Sunday festival) around 7:00 that evening. How exciting!

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[Dec 13th, 2006 @ 1:11pm]

This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time:

Pachelbel's Rant

X-posted to a bunch of music communities.
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Research in concert band repertoire [Nov 23rd, 2006 @ 9:56am]

[ mood | confused ]


I am interested in doing some research in arrangements/transcriptions for the concert band of popular literature i.e. pop songs (and medleys), musicals, soundtracks, video game music, etc. Some of the issues I might address are:
1. analysing some of the arrangements and adherence to the original
2. educational perspectives (e.g. ever played two versions of the same song pegged at different grade levels?)
3. methodologies used, if any, in the creation of these arrangements

I am currently looking for any existing research done in this area that I can read up on. Can anyone help me on this?

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University of Calgary Wind Ensemble [Nov 22nd, 2006 @ 12:23am]

One of my favourite bands is the University of Calgary Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Glen D. Price. I discovered them quite by accident a few years ago when a CD including a recording of a marimba concerto caught my eye. I didn't know any of the composers or the band, but since I love wind music, and think marimbas have a beautiful sound, I decided to take a chance on the CD & it was so amazing that I asked the store to order all the other recordings by the group (there were 6 at the time).

They've just release a new CD, and it's as amazing as all the rest. There are 3 percussion concerti, all by Ney Rosauro. The first one is "Suite Brazil 500", which was written in 2000 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Brazil and uses some interesting Brazilian percussion instruments. The composer is the soloist. The second work is a concerto for timpani and wind ensemble - Dr. Price is the soloist and Rosauro the conductor. I was a little disappointed to find that the final work was the marimba concerto which is on my other CD, but it's still a great CD. If you're interested in percussion, get it!! I don't know if it's hit the stores yet - I got my copy directly from the university.
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composers [Nov 7th, 2006 @ 9:50am]

I noticed "james barnes chance" in the list of interests. I know a John Barnes Chance, and a James Barnes. Who is James Barnes Chance, and what are some of his pieces?
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