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by StevenC
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5722

Re: What we're doing

This is a season of transition for me. I've changed schools where I teach, and have a very challenging course load. With some regret, I told the college+community orchestra where I have played for years that I would not be available this season. The college+community orchestra I joined this past spr...
by StevenC
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: West Side Story (arr. Jack Mason)
Replies: 16
Views: 523

Re: West Side Story (arr. Jack Mason)

LeoInFL wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:15 pm
It does a really efficient job muting my horn so I may experiment with it half-on/half-off.
Definitely half-on/half-off. Full on can make you sharp.
by StevenC
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Son got into a new community band
Replies: 5
Views: 320

Re: Son got into a new community band

This does sound like a high level band. Let us know when you know what they are playing.
by StevenC
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: West Side Story (arr. Jack Mason)
Replies: 16
Views: 523

Re: West Side Story (arr. Jack Mason)

I do like a softone for this. I think it is a good sound, but section doesn't always agree. Often we'll just play into the stand.
by StevenC
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Number of trombonists in the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 486

Re: Number of trombonists in the world?

I think a better question would be "how many people in the USA actually make a full time living playing and/or teaching trombone. I would guess that that number would be somewhere under 1,000. In our local school district, both the high school and middle school band directors are trombone players. ...
by StevenC
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Must see/listen in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: Must see/listen in New York

When it gets closer to your visit, let us know if you want more specific recommendations, or maybe a native guide.
by StevenC
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Number of trombonists in the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 486

Re: Number of trombonists in the world?

Yes, it is impossible to do an exact count, so we will need to use sampling. In my household, two out of three members play trombone. I think extending this to other households may yield an over-count. In my sister's household, there is only one trombone player among five members. Is that more typic...
by StevenC
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Must see/listen in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: Must see/listen in New York

Security? I've never had a security concern in any of the Jazz clubs or other funky, little clubs around lower Manhattan or Brooklyn.
by StevenC
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: "Intro" topic
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: "Intro" topic

There was a subject in ttf called something like "New Forum Members!". Someone, anyone could start a similar thread here. Sometimes it's nice to have the introduction, sometimes it's nice to get to know someone slowly over time.
by StevenC
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5838

Re: The Bunker

Minimum capacity for my car is the trunk has to comfortably carry two trombones. When either our Subaru Impreza or our Volkswagen Golf had two trombones in the trunk, there wasn't much space left. The Golf has been replaced by a Golfwagen. The trunk is huge. It could probably easily carry five tromb...
by StevenC
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5838

Re: The Bunker

A videographer came to our rehearsal last night. It set up some conflict between wanting to sound good, and wanting to work on what needed it the most.
by StevenC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5838

Re: The Bunker

The insurance company declared the car a total loss. I sent them the title, and they will send me a check. The car was a 2015 diesel, so replacing it won't be entirely trivial. I do a lot of highway miles, so I do want another diesel.
by StevenC
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5838

Re: The Bunker

Glad you're OK! I've been in a similar situation except it was because I fell asleep and went off the road. Maybe that's what happened to the other driver? At least I didn't hit anybody else. Yes that is what happened to the other driver. There was a tractor trailer ahead of me. The northbound car ...
by StevenC
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5838

Re: The Bunker

Yesterday, I was driving home from an interview on a two lane state highway. I was southbound. A car from the northbound lane drove right into me. I really had no chance of avoiding contact. Many airbags deployed. The car was wrecked, but I only have burns on my right arm from the airbag, and lacera...
by StevenC
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Brassroots Festival
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Brassroots Festival

Town and Village of Red Hook are on the Hudson River, 100 miles north of New York City. I live in Red Hook, but play with the Rosendale band. These are American Brass Bands. An overarching genre would be "Honk". We grab influences from wherever we want, Jazz, New Orleans, Funk, Balkan, lame pop, les...
by StevenC
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Brassroots Festival
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Brassroots Festival

Today was the inaugural Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival at Seed Song farm in Kingston, New York. Eight brass bands from throughout the northeast played from 2:00 to 10:00 PM. Local bands from Rosendale and Red Hook played, and bands from Brooklyn, Providence and Sommerville (near Cambridge) played...
by StevenC
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5722

Re: What we're doing

Burgerbob wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:27 pm
Today I'm buying a horn and trying some others. Excited!
What are you buying?
by StevenC
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Trombone Forum news?
Replies: 6
Views: 829

Re: Trombone Forum news?

"Almost there...watch this space."

In the meantime, we are here and well supported.
by StevenC
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5722

Re: What we're doing

Playing third in the summer band is going well most of the time. The music in the folder is a mixture of difficulties. One piece spends a lot of time with pedal G and pedal Ab. Playing it makes me feel like a fraud. I don't play this passage well at all.
by StevenC
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5838

Re: The Bunker

Oh yeah, we had a late gig at a barbecue. We went out and played what we could play without sheet music. Unfortunately, we didn't have percussion, and recruited from the audience. It was in keeping with the spirit of the gig. We had a pair of claves, an egg shaker and a kind of double cowbell thing....
by StevenC
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5838

Re: The Bunker

Fourth of July in Rosendale, NY starts the way it usually does. A cross section of town residents, onstage in Rosendale Theater, read the Declaration of Independence. This year the follow-up reading was by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Then the band plays. This year we played some funked up version of "Am...
by StevenC
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5722

Re: What we're doing

My wife says any trombone sounds like a truck horn. I practice in my garage. This is what it's like. It's 13 degrees cooler inside the house. Your wife should be more supportive. Tell her I said so. I am lucky in this respect. Not only does my wife tolerate all the trombone playing that goes on in ...
by StevenC
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5722

Re: What we're doing

A few weeks into the Summer Band season, we seem to have stabilized at five trombones. I'm having my daughter play first, because it is good for her and good for the band. When we have our first concert, because of a conflict we'll be down to a three trombones. Perfect, except I'll have to play thir...
by StevenC
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5722

Re: What we're doing

MrHCinDE wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:22 pm
Strangely, my dog quite likes to come and listen, not sure about the neighbours though.
My cat hates trombone, and hates alto trombone most of all. He even runs away from video recordings of alto trombone.
by StevenC
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5722

Re: What we're doing

With brother, sisters, wife, in-laws and children, we are 4 violins (one of which possibly viola), 1 cello, 1 double bass, 1 piano, 1 flute, 1 saxophone, 2 trumpets and 1 trombone (me). The other ones (except the children) are professional musicians, I chose a different career path but it's lots of...
by StevenC
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5722

Re: What we're doing

henrikbe wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:06 am
Nothing upcoming at the moment, though, but my parents are celebrating their 70 years birthdays this weekend, so I'll join the rest of my family on "Waltz nr 2" from Suite for Variety Orchestra by Shostakovich.
Hey, this is cool! What instruments does your family band have?
by StevenC
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 20
Views: 1401

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

greenbean wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:41 pm
How about a year of lessons with a top symphony player?
Yes. I know some very high level players who moved to Cleveland for this purpose. OP is already there (I think).
by StevenC
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Favorite Mouthpieces?
Replies: 60
Views: 4154

Re: Favorite Mouthpieces?

Where’s the best place to buy them?? I know most people have probably been gathering for awhile but it sounds like people have sunk thousands of dollars into mouthpieces. Is there a cheap place I just haven’t heard of? I have bought mouthpieces from Hickey's and Dillon's. They have good selection, ...
by StevenC
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 1479

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

timothy42b wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:29 am
- this very affordable instrument could go the way of pro level string instruments.
Having seen cello bows that cost more than a really nice trombone, I don't see this happening.
by StevenC
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5722

Re: What we're doing

This time of year, my main playing transitions from a couple of college+community orchestras to the Legion Band, which is actually a pretty decent wind ensemble. The longtime director of Legion Band moved away a few years ago (and subsequently died). We do not have a permanent replacement. Our curre...
by StevenC
Thu May 31, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5838

Re: The Bunker

timothy42b wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 8:43 am
Community bands in my area have tended to be older, white, and male, but that's changing a bit. I played with a different group last night and they were on average younger.
The groups around here tend to have pretty good age and gender diversity. It's good for the group.
by StevenC
Mon May 28, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 84
Views: 5838

Re: The Bunker

At our Memorial Day parade today, the two bands were positioned too close together. This made for some Ivesian moments.
by StevenC
Sun May 27, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 52
Views: 2568

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

The musician in me suggests it's too bad that Artie Shaw got burned out on music and left it to become a writer. The dude was a ridiculous clarinetist with a great band. But, we all have to forge our own paths in our lives. He really was not cut out to be a pop star. I listen to Gramercy five recor...
by StevenC
Wed May 23, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 55
Views: 3122

Re: Tenor horn

I guess this would be similar to comparing a flugelhorn and a trumpet. The flugelhorn being more "roundish". Some call it a "darker" sound. Does the flugelhorn's tubing increase in size throughout like the euphonium? Yes. The bore of a flugelhorn is more conical than the bore of a cornet, which is ...
by StevenC
Sun May 20, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Re: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19

Oh, I meant to say, the showroom in the new location is acoustically lively. To me this makes the trombones sound great, and the trumpets sound painful. Maybe it's just me.
by StevenC
Sat May 19, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Re: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19

I had a great time at Shires factory day today. After more of a master class on breathing, than group warm-up, I took a tour of their lovely, new factory. After Q and A with Steve Shires, I had plenty of time to try instruments. I liked the Q series instrument I played, though there are certainly Sh...
by StevenC
Sat May 19, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Re: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19

bassbone wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 9:25 pm
Wish I was closer to check out their new location!
There was a father and son there today who were from further away than you. Son bought a trombone.
by StevenC
Fri May 18, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Horn: Monke F contra
Replies: 16
Views: 1601

Re: New Horn: Monke F contra

ə. There are a few ways to do it, including copy and paste.
by StevenC
Fri May 18, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Horn: Monke F contra
Replies: 16
Views: 1601

Re: New Horn: Monke F contra

ə. There are a few ways to do it, including copy and paste.
by StevenC
Wed May 16, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19

https://www.seshires.com/factoryday

Shires has a whole lot going on this weekend at their new Holliston, Massachusetts location. I'm hoping to get there on Saturday. I am looking forward to it.
by StevenC
Wed May 16, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1640

Re: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?

Expose your student to a variety of good trombone players (including yourself). This will help the student develop a sound concept. I know it gave my daughter a running start, way back when she started. If you want to do more explicit activities, play some trombone music for your student and have th...
by StevenC
Tue May 15, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Rath R10, immaculate - SOLD
Replies: 3
Views: 485

Re: FS: Rath R10, immaculate

Neo Bri wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 2:16 pm
I envy.
Why envy when you can buy?
by StevenC
Thu May 03, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: What else do you play??
Replies: 15
Views: 1274

Re: What else do you play??

For most of my life, I've noodled and dabbled with any instrument available to me. Non-musicians are impressed. Low brass are the only instruments that I am willing to work to play them usefully. I suppose I might also say hand percussion. This gives me something to do in pop bands when trombone doe...
by StevenC
Tue May 01, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: COURTOIS NEW YORK series LAUNCH
Replies: 7
Views: 947

Re: COURTOIS NEW YORK series LAUNCH

Oh man, that's Friday. If it were Saturday, I'd hop on a train.
by StevenC
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 674

Re: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018

Back in the '80s, I briefly lived near Bryn Athyn. I can assure you, nothing this cool ever happened back then.
by StevenC
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 674

Re: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018

Mikebmiller wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:00 pm
Sounds like a pretty good pick-up band.
I think a battle of the bones would have been pretty cool: New York versus Philadelphia. Was Jim Nova the only player from Pittsburgh there?
by StevenC
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 674

Re: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018

When I heard about this program, it sounded almost too good to be true. I'm glad you got to be there.
by StevenC
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: NO jazz fest
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: NO jazz fest

BGuttman wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:14 pm

You are describing modern popular music. Lots of gee-tars and lots of singers. Add piano, drums, and a bass gee-tar and you have the ensemble.
Pop music hasn't been guitar dominated in years.
by StevenC
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Annie Whitehead
Replies: 1
Views: 518

Re: Annie Whitehead

Her website http://www.earthmusic.com/annie.htm is not very active or current, but it's a start. She's been teaching and playing. You might want to check out Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

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