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by StevenC
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 283
Views: 10872

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

timothy42b wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:29 am

And while I don't disagree completely, I ask: "replace it with what?"
A suggestion Doug Yeo made right in the article is Slidus trombonus by Mayhew Lake.
by StevenC
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Online Retailers
Replies: 27
Views: 1560

Re: Online Retailers

I harbor no ill feelings towards Quinn- I knew what I was getting into (and I love the bell section, which is why I bought the horn in the first place). BUT, I do find it interesting that the instruments he's selling are described as "open box quality," without any mention of the individual instrum...
by StevenC
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: Looking for Musical Instruments for your Studio or Band?
Replies: 17
Views: 1098

Re: Looking for Musical Instruments for your Studio or Band?

BrassArk doesn’t plug their shit here, and they’re a major consignment shop for instruments. Are they really? I’ve always thought of dillon as the go to. Does there have to only be one? I have bought trombones from both Dillon and BrassArk and am very happy with the purchases. If I want to try an i...
by StevenC
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: When do you think you'll play with other people again?
Replies: 48
Views: 2426

Re: When do you think you'll play with other people again?

imsevimse wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:06 pm
I think I will play with "other people" tomorrow again for the first time since 21/5. We will meet in a garden and play jazz in a distance of 2 meters from each other.
How many musicians are in the group?
by StevenC
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Trombone Choir music
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Trombone Choir music

Cherry Classics https://cherryclassics.com has a good assortment of trombone ensemble music, available hard copy or pdf. The website is real easy to navigate. They have had nice discounts in place during lock down. It's helping me get through this time period.
by StevenC
Fri May 22, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do you play bass or tenor? Double? And why?
Replies: 54
Views: 2378

Re: Do you play bass or tenor? Double? And why?

Like most players of my generation, I grew up playing a small bore tenor. Years later, when I started playing again, I started on a small bore, but while shopping for an instrument, realized a .547 facilitated the sound I wanted. A few years later, I found myself playing 4th in big bands, and a bass...
by StevenC
Wed May 06, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Strangest gigs
Replies: 77
Views: 9353

Re: Strangest gigs

So I just remembered the time we got hired to "crash" a wedding reception. (I guess it was cheaper than hiring a band for the full time.) We stormed into the room at some predetermined time, and started playing "Love Shack". When we left, half the wedding party followed us, so we had to keep playing...
by StevenC
Wed May 06, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 258
Views: 22925

Re: Coronavirus

Yeah well the medical folks kept telling my father he didn't need a test; it wasn't covid. Well he lives with my infirm mother; he really should know, and yes it was positive.
by StevenC
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 258
Views: 22925

Re: Coronavirus

and I stopped shaving during my quarantine. It negatively affected my playing, so I shaved my lip. I'm trying to shave the rest of my face, but don't have adequate tools.
by StevenC
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 258
Views: 22925

Re: Coronavirus

My father has tested positive. While he is very healthy for an 85 year old, this is certainly cause for concern.
by StevenC
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Ellis Marsalis dead at 85 from Corona virus
Replies: 7
Views: 522

Re: Ellis Marsalis dead at 85 from Corona virus

Wallace Roney.
by StevenC
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

Mikebmiller wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:38 am
Nice to be busy!
It does sound like you've got lots of good stuff going on. Anytime I think I should find additional opportunities, I remember how much work is kicking my ass lately.
by StevenC
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

The Community/Rehearsal orchestra I conduct have got our end of term play-through when the programme is Sibelius 2 and the finale of Sibelius 5 with Gustav Holst's ballet music from "The Perfect Fool". This is a super work for trombones (Holst was a trombonist) but it is difficult because there is ...
by StevenC
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 258
Views: 22925

Re: Coronavirus

The college where my orchestra is based has been surprisingly quiet on the subject. I will continue to go to rehearsals until something changes. My daughter's college will be starting their spring break early, and may well go fully online after the break. I'm not sure how much that will help the con...
by StevenC
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: When worlds collide
Replies: 15
Views: 1582

Re: When worlds collide

I find that there are several kinds of gigs. Some you do for free or little pay because you enjoy the music and the folks you are playing with. Some are paid and still good fun, like most of the pit shows I have done. ... Yeah, that's an amazing thing about pit work. The music is often a blast, and...
by StevenC
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Recommendations for a single valve bass
Replies: 17
Views: 1720

Re: Recommendations for a single valve bass

I've loved playing my Holton tr183 in big bands. If you find one, the price should be good.
by StevenC
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

Bach5G wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:44 pm
And then there's this:

https://youtu.be/e5qWt9rA4RI
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Oh that's excellent. I love them, but this may be the best I've seen.
by StevenC
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

Shostakovich 5 tonight. Quite a workout. Wonderful piece. One of my favorites. :good: I'm jealous! Yes, I would love to play it again. Last time I played it, it was scheduled because we had a strong trombone section. Then the other two players left the orchestra before the scheduled concert.
by StevenC
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

Opening night. I hope I'm not nervous.
by StevenC
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 102
Views: 22206

Re: The Bunker

I'm sanding the corks on my H&B cup mute so that it fits my tenor. I guess that means I'll need a cup mute for bass sometime in the next year...
by StevenC
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 102
Views: 22206

Re: The Bunker

BGuttman wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:17 am
Steve, any conflicting sound can make a rehearsal uncomfortable. Gamelan would only be exceeded by a bagpipe ensemble :evil:
The strange thing was no one else seemed to notice. Having played Gamelan, I knew where the music was going, so it was especially distracting.
by StevenC
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

I'll be playing in the pit orchestra for a production of "Promenade". I'm looking forward to the run.
by StevenC
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 102
Views: 22206

Re: The Bunker

At orchestra rehearsal last night, I kept hearing Gamelan being played in a distant room. I found it ... distracting.
by StevenC
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Strangest gigs
Replies: 77
Views: 9353

Re: Strangest gigs

Mikebmiller wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:05 am
So last night I showed up at a retirement home to play with the brass band I just joined about 6 weeks ago.
Some of my most and least enjoyable gigs have been at retirement homes
by StevenC
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching playing the right partial
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: Teaching playing the right partial

Yeah, playing with them will be a big help. When my daughter was just starting out a gazillion years ago, we would sing notes and parts to each other. I think it helped.
by StevenC
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB: Good Alto with Flexible Trigger Design
Replies: 23
Views: 1716

Re: WTB: Good Alto with Flexible Trigger Design

BGuttman wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:21 am

Still, I like my 36H as an alto for people who don't often play alto.
What makes the 36H especially good for alto dabblers? Every once in a while I find myself in a position where it would be nice to play alto.
by StevenC
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

This season, our orchestra is playing (among other things) Sibelius 2. It should be cool. I would love to play first, but third is what was needed.
by StevenC
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Strangest gigs
Replies: 77
Views: 9353

Re: Strangest gigs

Maybe the strangest gig I've played was a marriage proposal. This guy wrote a nice little folk pop song about his woman and their life together. He had a friend write an accompanying horn arrangement. So we had a couple of trombones, saxophones, flute, clarinet. It was all quite cute, and I hope not...
by StevenC
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

We've reached another season change. My summer band played our last concert of the season on Tuesday. It was a fun season. Trombone section was strong, and had a couple of new members. I mostly played first, but when someone was missing, I played that part because my daughter also played first. She ...
by StevenC
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: If, when, and how to try a different mouthpiece?
Replies: 13
Views: 1354

Re: If, when, and how to try a different mouthpiece?

dbwhitaker wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:36 am
Do I have to buy one "blind" or are they ways to try before purchase?
You can certainly try before purchase. Any brass store will let you try mouthpieces.
by StevenC
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

Our Midsummer Night's orchestra concert was last night. Trombones did not have a lot to do, but it was a fun concert. One of the two conductors is an undergraduate student. He was good. He brought sensitivity and excitement to the podium.
by StevenC
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Who Should Play the Ophicleide Part?
Replies: 6
Views: 876

Who Should Play the Ophicleide Part?

Lacking an ophicleide, should the part be given to tuba or trombone? I thought they were more typically given to tuba, but listening to recordings of ophicleide, trombone sounds to me to be at least as good a match. Am I missing something?
by StevenC
Fri May 31, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Looking for Small Brass Feature to Add to a Mid-Summer Night's Concert
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: Looking for Small Brass Feature to Add to a Mid-Summer Night's Concert

The Dukas should work (depending on how many horns we have around this summer). I don't think the Copland is the right mood for the rest of the concert. Thanks!
by StevenC
Thu May 30, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Looking for Small Brass Feature to Add to a Mid-Summer Night's Concert
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Looking for Small Brass Feature to Add to a Mid-Summer Night's Concert

We're planning a Mid-Summer Night's concert for small orchestra. We do have three trombones, but not all that much for the trombones to do. It has been suggested that I come up with a small brass feature in keeping with the Mid-Summer theme or even maybe a baroque fanfare. I'm not really coming up w...
by StevenC
Fri May 24, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

BflatBass wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 8:37 pm

The gigantic community band starts up in June. We see typically 10 to 15 trombones on any given week.
Sounds frightening.
by StevenC
Tue May 21, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

This is the time of year when my playing opportunities change. The orchestras that go along with the school year are done, but a wind ensemble I play in over the summer starts. We had our first rehearsal this evening. There is some good stuff in the folders. "Mars" is in the folder every year, but w...
by StevenC
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

The spring concert was last night. The concert went well, and the trombones were well rested. Orchestra management assured me there would be more for me to do in the fall. Objectively, when our tuba player became unavailable, and a trombonist left the program, this was a perfect semester to play Bee...
by StevenC
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

As trombone intensive as the fall program for our orchestra was, the spring program is looking to be the opposite. So far, we've got some Beethoven, Overture to "Fidelio" and the Pastoral Symphony. In Fidelio, I sit around for 200 or so measures, then play a totally exposed part. In the Pastoral, I ...
by StevenC
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Getting used to positions quickly
Replies: 35
Views: 3772

Re: Getting used to positions quickly

Thanks for the tip on sliding and not lipping! I guess I should watch that carefully when coming from trumpet. However, it's very interesting... does it possibly have a downside? I can't think of a downside. As trombonists, we can play perfectly in tune without messing with tuning slides or tiring ...
by StevenC
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Concerto premiere @ NYC’s Lincoln Center
Replies: 4
Views: 1427

Re: Concerto premiere @ NYC’s Lincoln Center

Got my tickets. I'm really looking forward to this.
by StevenC
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

So.. basically i get the chance to conduct, which is awesome, but on the other hand i can't play one of the rare real bass trombone parts we get to play.. My opinions are split :D I guess the question is, does the band have anyone else who can conduct? You want to conduct; you look forward to condu...
by StevenC
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

Bassbonechandler wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:56 pm

Ewazen ballade, gregson tuba concerto, new kid by Anna baadsvik and handel violin sonata in F major transcribed by Douglas yeo. Plus a brubeck stereogram.
You'll be playing both tuba and bass trombone on your recital?
by StevenC
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

Bassbonechandler wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:52 am
. Also trying to decide when to have my junior recital.
What will you be playing at your recital?
by StevenC
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

timothy42b wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:29 am
That oboist has incredibly bad manners - he probably gets away with it because there are so few of them around.
Not only are there few oboe players, the difference between good and bad oboe players is huge. I have played with good oboe players, but I have also played with painful oboe players.
by StevenC
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

Our orchestra's all Czech program is tomorrow evening. Dvorak, Suk, Smetana. I'm really looking forward to it.
by StevenC
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

Now I'm probably going to find myself with less playing time since I've been elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. :good: I'm going to bring a horn up to the capitol to keep in my office. And if any other legislator ever gets annoyed with me, I'll just grab my horn and show them just ho...
by StevenC
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 102
Views: 22206

Re: The Bunker

Sometimes it feels like playing low brass in an orchestra is less about playing good music than it is about getting a really good seat.
by StevenC
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

timothy42b wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:04 am
But last night I found out it's worse than that. There is no they - the person who ran the Christmas pageant retired. My daughter was at last night's vestry meeting and volunteered me to take over.
Hey, congratulations!
by StevenC
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

Kingfan wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:14 pm
I can't stand to go to rehearsals and deal with all the drama and egos even as just a player, so for my own well being I'm walking away from it.
Do you have other groups to play with?
by StevenC
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76779

Re: What we're doing

The orchestra I play in is preparing an all Czech program, Dvorak, Smetana, Suk,... Should be fun.

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