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by Mikebmiller
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Why No Silver Plate?
Replies: 51
Views: 1901

Re: Why No Silver Plate?

I am really digging my Lawler in brushed red brass. Beautiful instrument.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Edwards T396-A Harmonic Pillar tendencies
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: Edwards T396-A Harmonic Pillar tendencies

Sounds a bike like when I was a kid and you would try to hold the TV antenna at various angles to try to get a picture.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Wessex Contrabass Stand
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: Wessex Contrabass Stand

Newell Sheridan sells a very sturdy bass bone stand as well.

http://www.sheridanbrass.com/Sheridan_B ... tands.html
by Mikebmiller
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Notation programs
Replies: 70
Views: 2147

Re: Notation programs

How long would it take a complete idiot (me) who has never used any notation software to become reasonably proficient in Musescore?
by Mikebmiller
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Chick a bone checkout
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Chick a bone checkout

I heard Charlie do it at Brevard a couple of years ago. Pretty amazing stuff. There are also some good licks for the orchestral trombones in the backup band.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: NY Phil fires 2 players for "misconduct"
Replies: 8
Views: 678

NY Phil fires 2 players for "misconduct"

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/17/64874243 ... estigation

No mention of the nature of the "misconduct" and I'm sure there is no point in anyone here speculating, but wow.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Currently open Australia/NZ Jobs
Replies: 4
Views: 1343

Re: Currently open Australia/NZ Jobs

I'm jealous. I want to visit one of these days.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 848

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

I have a really nice Willson 2704 that I got about 20 years ago. Unfortunately, I never get to play it in my community band as we always seem to have a shortage of trombones and a gross over supply of euphonium players - like 3-5 in a 50 piece band. I am the best euph player in the band, but I never...
by Mikebmiller
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Currently open Australia/NZ Jobs
Replies: 4
Views: 1343

Re: Currently open Australia/NZ Jobs

If I were 30 years younger, not quite so fat, and lived in AUS/NZ, I would be all over this.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library

That would be above my skill level. I don't even know how to use any of the notation programs. I have Musescore installed on my computer, but just inputting a few bars takes me forever. Did I mention that I am just a weekend warrior with no actual training in theory or any of that stuff? But thanks ...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library

Well if I have no connection to a university, how would I convince them to let me borrow music? And given that a large brass ensemble is not that common of a group, what would universities be likely to have anyway?
by Mikebmiller
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library

Check library and with faculty at university. Some universities sell a community card. Or maybe a prof can help access. Fun ar Christmas, Sammy Nestico joy at Christmas brass ensemble books. Get March size and busque for tips to feed you library. The only university in town with a music department ...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Number of trombonists in the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 599

Re: Number of trombonists in the world?

In our local school district, both the high school and middle school band directors are trombone players. Do they count? As trombone players, certainly (as long as they play regularly). They wouldn't count as someone who makes a living player/teacher trombone. Actually, many of the band directors I...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Number of trombonists in the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 599

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.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Kleinhammer/CSO section “Impressions”
Replies: 3
Views: 521

Re: Kleinhammer/CSO section “Impressions”

That is really cool. When was it released?
by Mikebmiller
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Number of trombonists in the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 599

Re: Number of trombonists in the world?

This is sort of like that formula for guessing how many extra terrestrial civilizations might be out there. Let's do some basic math: According to this site: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/hs/hsfacts.html There are approximately 37,000 high schools in the USA between public and priva...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Rotax Valve Maintenance
Replies: 15
Views: 624

Re: Rotax Valve Maintenance

FWIW, I have a Rotax valve on my Rath and the support guy at Rath told me they recommend using standard Dennis Wick valve oil on it.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 156
Views: 7341

Re: What we're doing

With no gigs or rehearsals for 2 months (YES!!) I have spent the summer working on the Vining range songs book and trying to work up Tommy Dorsey's "Trombonology." That is probably the hardest thing I have every tried to play. It's basically one big long fast lip slup. I am trying to get it to the l...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Great Facebook group: Trombone Etude of the week
Replies: 1
Views: 251

Re: Great Facebook group: Trombone Etude of the week

That sounds like fun. Thanks for the heads up. Now I can annoy someone other than my wife and dogs with my practicing.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Big Cat Thread
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: The Big Cat Thread

I have a 13 1/2 lb. Calico (it's not all muscle) and a 14 1/2 lb. black and white male who likes to let me know when he is hungry by chewing on my feet. I don't think they are litter mates, but they were in the same cage at the shelter 10 years ago, so they have been together their whole lives. They...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Butler Trombone Slide
Replies: 6
Views: 798

Re: Butler Trombone Slide

I tested one out when I was getting my Lawler. He offers these as a $400 upgrade. The thing is so light you almost don't know it's there. But I liked the sound of the nickel slide better and since I was already spending over 2 grand, I stuck with that.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Adventures at Band Camp
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Re: Adventures at Band Camp

Well, with one day to go, I have to say that these kids have made a tremendous improvement, at least in their marching show music. Which I guess should be expected, given that they have played that music for 3 hours a day for almost two weeks. I have even forced them to play all 12 major scales, tho...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Re: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library

Well, everyone knows they are playing for free already. It's just a matter of how many are willing to pay to play. Even if we ask for contributions, we are unlikely to get more than a couple hundred bucks. I am guessing that a good crowd for this show might be 50 old people and maybe 20 students tha...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library
Replies: 18
Views: 876

Starting a Brass Ensemble Library

I have gotten a group of about 20 really fine brass players to agree to come together this fall to do a few rehearsals and a concert at a local church. Now I have to come up with music for them to play. I have found a few web sites with some nice free public domain stuff, but a lot of what I want to...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Adventures at Band Camp
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Re: Adventures at Band Camp

I think Karma is actually out to get me. I was a smart-assed kid in HS and used to get regularly chewed out by the band director. My most memorable moment in HS was actually in the orchestra rather than the band. The director said the trombones were going too slow and I said maybe he was going too f...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Adventures at Band Camp
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Re: Adventures at Band Camp

Also, have reasonable targets and expectations. Who cares if any of them want to make all state band? I guess it's hard for me to relate to a kid who is not in it to win it. From the first time I picked up a horn in 7th grade, I wanted to be first chair. I battled it out with another guy for a year...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 59
Views: 3526

Re: Lawler trombones

Hickeys has them, but they are pretty pricey - $550.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 59
Views: 3526

Re: Lawler trombones

Roy threw in one of his single flare gig bags with my horn. It is very light and compact, but doesn't have room for much of anything other than the horn - like not even a place to put your mouthpiece. I haven't used it, but I could see where it would com in handy for an airplane, as long as you don'...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Adventures at Band Camp
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Re: Adventures at Band Camp

These would be American High Schoolers, ages 14 to 18. As to generating interest, maybe some popular tunes made into trios or quartets. Something other than the [often boring] parts they have to play for the Marching Band show. That would be lovely if I had access to such tunes. I tried some choral...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Adventures at Band Camp
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Adventures at Band Camp

So today I had my second day of teaching at a local HS band camp. I have to say that I am developing a lot more respect for you folks that do this for a living. I am not a full time trombone teacher by trade and this is my first band camp since I was in HS 40 years ago.. I have about 16 kids, all pl...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Notation programs
Replies: 70
Views: 2147

Re: Notation programs

There is a fairly new web site called Noteflight.com which has a free version or a paid version that is $8 a month or $50 a year. Jim Nova told us at STS that this company had been acquired by Hal Leonard and would hopefully be selling his Star Wars arrangements soon. As far as how good it it, I hav...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 156
Views: 7341

Re: What we're doing

I am teaching the bone/euph section at a HS band camp for the next couple of weeks. I have never done this before, so it will be an adventure for me and the kids. Fortunately, this is one of the top bands in the whole state, so hopefully they already have good fundamentals. Unfortunately, the bones ...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: how to develop endurance
Replies: 9
Views: 615

Re: how to develop endurance

Play more. You don't ride the Tour de France by training 50 miles a week. And plan breaks in between tunes. Tell jokes and re-lube your slide a lot.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Alessi music studios reviews?
Replies: 8
Views: 563

Re: Alessi music studios reviews?

Well, one lesson with Mr. Alessi at the recent STS event was close to $300, and I am pretty sure he sold out all the available time slots at that price. So I would say $100 is fairly cheap even if it helps just a little bit. Just watching him do a master class for 90 minutes was a great learning exp...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What do you do when people don't like your sound?
Replies: 26
Views: 1143

Re: What do you do when people don't like your sound?

If it is a paid gig, try to adjust to what they want. If it is a free gig, tell them to take a hike.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: 7th Position
Replies: 16
Views: 815

Re: 7th Position

I tend to use it more for B natural than low E. I get a better sound on the open horn for E. But it all depends on how much time I have to move the slide and set my chops for that note. I am 5' 8", so I have to rotate about 20 degrees to the right to reach a proper 7th.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 59
Views: 3526

Re: Lawler trombones

I would be happy to have a reliable high F. I can play it, but not as reliably as I would like.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 59
Views: 3526

Re: Lawler trombones

===== Mike, how are you getting on with your new Lawler? ------- Loving it. But I still can't play a double high B flat. I got it just before my big band shut down for the summer, so I only had one chance to play it with them. I have been practicing with it quite a bit though. The slide is great. I...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 59
Views: 3526

Re: Lawler trombones

I have had a Lawler for a bit over a month now. I got the Mod. 1 in red brass with a nickel slide and 7 1/2" bell. I primarily will be using it for playing lead in a big band. I was amazed at how much difference the bell flares made. The 7 1/2" flare gives a great bright sound that I was looking fo...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Appropriate Mouthpiece for a Marching Baritone
Replies: 9
Views: 553

Re: Appropriate Mouthpiece for a Marching Baritone

I am teaching the trombone section at a HS band camp in a couple of weeks and just found out that they all play marching baritones instead of trombones. I am going to borrow one just to see how those things play.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 59
Views: 3526

Re: Lawler trombones

If you email Roy, he will generally respond within a day. He is busy making horns all day, so I think he does his correspondence at night.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 59
Views: 3526

Re: Lawler trombones

I have had a Lawler for a bit over a month now. I got the Mod. 1 in red brass with a nickel slide and 7 1/2" bell. I primarily will be using it for playing lead in a big band. I was amazed at how much difference the bell flares made. The 7 1/2" flare gives a great bright sound that I was looking for...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Looking for info on the BAC Trombone.
Replies: 17
Views: 1288

Re: Looking for info on the BAC Trombone.

They are very active on FB. You could probably find some people on there that have experience with their horns. I think it's cool that they seem to think out of the box a bit with some of their designs. But I have never played one of the horns.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 1159

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

There used to be a site where for a $20 donation you could download the whole catalog in high quality sound.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: ITF disrespect
Replies: 8
Views: 842

Re: ITF disrespect

I saw Wycliffe at the SCMEA convention in February. They had a ball room set up with a few hundred chairs in front and tables in back. People in the chairs were being quiet and listening, but the people in the back were drinking and chatting the whole time. Wycliffe was getting visibly ticked off. H...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Do you think the United States Space Force will get a band?
Replies: 7
Views: 660

Re: Do you think the United States Space Force will get a band?

In space, no one can hear you scream. Or play trombone.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: ITF/Paul the Trombonist
Replies: 9
Views: 902

Re: ITF/Paul the Trombonist

What does that guy actually do other than make Youtube videos? I'm sure he is a good player, but there are thousands of good players out there.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Looking for trombone chorales
Replies: 3
Views: 249

Re: Looking for trombone chorales

hyperbolica wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:40 am
Do you have an email address or a dropbox?
Yes. Mikebmiller at gmail dot com. Thanks.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Looking for trombone chorales
Replies: 3
Views: 249

Looking for trombone chorales

Greetings all. I will be working with the trombones at a HS band camp in a few weeks and was hoping to find some (free) chorales that I could use with the group. I have found a few online, but all the first parts tend to be in tenor clef and I doubt if many or any of these kids read tenor. If anyone...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YSL-897Z
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Re: YSL-897Z

A friend of mine has one for sale. He was asking $1,200. I know he hasn't played it that much. I can put you in touch if you want.

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