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by StevenC
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 1479

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: 728

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 90
Views: 12036

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

Re: What we're doing

The orchestra I play in is preparing an all Czech program, Dvorak, Smetana, Suk,... Should be fun.
by StevenC
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 201
Views: 24599

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: 2289

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: 1519

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: 2289

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: 2528

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: 1743

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: 2528

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: 1743

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: 1264

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: 90
Views: 12036

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: 90
Views: 12036

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: 90
Views: 12036

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: 90
Views: 12036

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: 90
Views: 12036

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: 1213

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: 1213

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 2547

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 90
Views: 12036

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: 90
Views: 12036

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 2242

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: 65
Views: 10333

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: 2609

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: 201
Views: 24599

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: 90
Views: 12036

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: 90
Views: 12036

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: 58
Views: 7108

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: 7160

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: 1774

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: 1774

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...

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