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by Mikebmiller
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: When worlds collide
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: When worlds collide

The set list for this thing is like what you would hear on one of those easy listening stations that starts playing Christmas music in September and doesn't stop until March. 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...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: When worlds collide
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: When worlds collide

Halfway through this week. I am really beginning to wish that someone would write some new Christmas songs.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: When worlds collide
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: When worlds collide

Hey cmcslide - looks like we are at opposite ends of the same state. I am up in Spartanburg. My wife has cousins in Myrtle.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: When worlds collide
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: When worlds collide

I've played with some pretty good guitarists who think real musicians don't need printed music. Oh there are lots of great guitarists and drummers who can’t read a note of music. But when you have 8 singers and a 6 piece band it is really helpful to be able to say we are starting at a certain point...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: When worlds collide
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: When worlds collide

Well I got here tonight and.found out they replaced the sax player. The new guy is someone I have played with before and he is really excellent.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: When worlds collide
Replies: 14
Views: 383

When worlds collide

So I got a call about a month ago to play a Christmas show at a small theater about an hour from home. 8 days - $800. Not Broadway pay, but not bad for this area and I never turn down $800. I was looking forward to doing the show. Then they sent the music. 30 tunes on the show - only 9 or 10 have an...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Value of Urbie Green tbone? PLEASE
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Value of Urbie Green tbone? PLEASE

I had no idea that you could buy a vintage Urbie Green tombine at Wal Mart.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Horn for pit orchestra work
Replies: 37
Views: 1173

Re: Horn for pit orchestra work

My Rath R3F works great in a pit. I even sold by 3B/F after not touching it for a year.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Joe Alessi
Replies: 101
Views: 4662

Re: Joe Alessi

I saw the NYPhil section playing Pbones on a tv broadcast a couple of years ago. Does that mean they are all switching to plastic? inquiring minds want to know.

Obsessing over what horn someone else plays doesn’t really do any good.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Princeton Brass Band "Holiday in Brass"
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: Princeton Brass Band "Holiday in Brass"

I saw the Cory band in their recent tour. Those guys were amazing.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Gloria by John Rutter
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Gloria by John Rutter

The last time I played that, it was in a Methodist church where the director tried to conduct AND play the organ. And half the orchestra could not see him. Let's just say it was a bit rough. That sounds like a bit too much to take on. That piece is not easy for conducting all by itself. Yeah, this ...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Gloria by John Rutter
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Gloria by John Rutter

The last time I played that, it was in a Methodist church where the director tried to conduct AND play the organ. And half the orchestra could not see him. Let's just say it was a bit rough.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: John Packer Alto
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Re: FS: John Packer Alto

I have that same horn and it plays great for the price.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: How should one choose a new instrument?
Replies: 24
Views: 832

Re: How should one choose a new instrument?

Who the heck is Boomer? I think she was the Korean Cylon on Battlestar Galactica.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Shipping costs
Replies: 11
Views: 449

Re: Shipping costs

I shipped a 3B in a coffin case from SC to Seattle a few weeks ago. Using a UHaul lamp box, with priority mail and $800 insurance, it came to $111 and arrived on time and in good shape. No complaints here.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: How should one choose a new instrument?
Replies: 24
Views: 832

Re: How should one choose a new instrument?

I start with the rubber bumper, then work my way up to the spit valve. Truth be told, I have bought many instruments sight unseen. Some worked out great and others got resold prett fast. For my current stable of a Lawler and a Rath, I was able to do some pretty extensive play tests and they have bee...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 281
Views: 37601

Re: What we're doing

Well if by OK, you mean alive, then yes.The conductor had to drop out of the gig and the horn player is still in the hospital.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 281
Views: 37601

Re: What we're doing

The brass choir show is Sunday. But in the last 2 weeks, one of our conductors came down with pneumonia and a horn player had a heart attack. Fortunately, he had emergency surgery and is OK. But I am starting to think my band is cursed.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Maass Trombones?
Replies: 6
Views: 1531

Re: Maass Trombones?

At least the horns are “Authentically Trombone” - whatever that means.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Jim Trimble
Replies: 10
Views: 1615

Re: Jim Trimble

What is really amazing is that a big band could get 15 minutes of live TV back then.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Finished Rochut, what's next?
Replies: 23
Views: 748

Re: Finished Rochut, what's next?

I have been at it for 45 years and I don't think anyone ever "finishes" the Rochut book. You might play all the tunes, but there is always room for improvement. I usually play one or 2 a day still.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires Q Series Euphonium
Replies: 44
Views: 2945

Re: Shires Q Series Euphonium

If someone will slide me 8 grand, I will be glad to buy one and do a full review.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires Q Series Euphonium
Replies: 44
Views: 2945

Re: Shires Q Series Euphonium

OK. I am not an expert on all things euphonia. I had just read a of of posts on dwerden.com praising the Adams.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires Q Series Euphonium
Replies: 44
Views: 2945

Re: Shires Q Series Euphonium

Time to break the internet! The Internet seems to have survived the announcement of the Shires euphonium. At $6K, the Shires offering is 75% of the cost of an Adams, which is generally considered to be the best euph in the world. I talked to a guy at Wessex yesterday and they are shipping their new...
by Mikebmiller
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Found on eBay - East German trombone
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Re: Found on eBay - East German trombone

Maybe Rudy could bring it back on one of his many trips over there.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Shires Q Series Euphonium
Replies: 44
Views: 2945

Re: Shires Q Series Euphonium

Old thread but I saw these Shires euphs at ITF this summer. They look like super nice horns. They have 2 models, although I can't really tell you what the difference was. But they told me that the pricing is going to be in the $6K range, which puts them almost up there with the German made instrumen...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wayne Henderson
Replies: 9
Views: 791

Re: Wayne Henderson

I had an unplanned version of that bent bell one time in high school. I fell off the back of a riser and dropped my Bach 42. The bell ended up at a crazy angle to the slide. Fortunately, it was repairable.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 281
Views: 37601

Re: What we're doing

I am in the midst of organizing a symphonic brass choir concert, which is very similar to herding cats. Trying to get 15 players who are really good AND willing to play for free is a challenge. Mike, You need a sponsor! Know any music-loving angels (individual or institutional)? :idea: Good luck. A...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 281
Views: 37601

Re: What we're doing

I am in the midst of organizing a symphonic brass choir concert, which is very similar to herding cats. Trying to get 15 players who are really good AND willing to play for free is a challenge. Then you have to find and buy music, line up a rehearsal space and performance space, try to promote the c...
by Mikebmiller
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Intermediate horn suggestions?
Replies: 13
Views: 648

Re: Intermediate horn suggestions?

harrisonreed wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:15 pm
A used 3BF is just about the nicest small bore you could ask for, and you could probably get one for about $1000
I have a 3B/F from the 70's that I was thinking about putting up for sale. It's in good shape. I would take $750 plus shipping. No mouthpiece included. I can send pics.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Grand Rapids SO Principal Winner...Finally.
Replies: 5
Views: 838

Re: Grand Rapids SO Principal Winner...Finally.

Why would he (or anyone) audition if he did not plan to take the job if he won? I would guess that the salary and schedule were known ahead of time. I remember there was a whole long discussion of this on the old TTF, but I might as well open up a new can of worms here.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Jokes and one liners from the back row
Replies: 48
Views: 3284

Re: Jokes and one liners from the back row

Nothing beats Rodney Dangerfield jokes. Too many to list here, but I saw one the other day - I was in a bar and they asked me to leave. I asked why. He said they wanted to start Happy Hour. My wife cut me down to twice a week. I was lucky - I know 3 guys she cut out entirely. I saw him live once way...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Bass trombone for sale!
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Re: Bass trombone for sale!

Put it in the classifieds section.
by Mikebmiller
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Favorite Modern Big Bands?
Replies: 43
Views: 4586

Re: Favorite Modern Big Bands?

The Hip Bone big band with Michael Davis put out a fantastic CD last year. Trombone solos on every tune.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Am I asking too much?
Replies: 20
Views: 1287

Re: Am I asking too much?

Dillon Music will sell it on consignment. I forget exactly what percentage they take, but it is pretty reasonable and they can get a little better price than what you get selling privately. I sold a horn through them and it was really easy.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Building a following for a big band
Replies: 17
Views: 878

Re: Building a following for a big band

One thing to consider is having themes to your concerts. A theme gives you several benefits. One is to give a focus to the type of programming for each concert - music selection. But another reason, and with bigger impact, is that it gives the potential audience a way for them to zero in on the eve...
by Mikebmiller
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Building a following for a big band
Replies: 17
Views: 878

Re: Building a following for a big band

We always do "events" for our concerts, but there is no guarantee that anyone will see them unless they have our page set up as one they will see first.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Building a following for a big band
Replies: 17
Views: 878

Re: Building a following for a big band

I think it's a good idea to make a modest charge. When my groups have done free indoor gigs (eg a chlidren's event) the tickets were snapped up, but then there were quite a few no shows. Even a small charge generates a bit of commitment. You can ask some if they would like to have a pair of complim...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Building a following for a big band
Replies: 17
Views: 878

Re: Building a following for a big band

Combine the shows with various high school jazz ensembles as openers to bring in people following those folks, too. That's an idea, but the bands around here don't do anything but march in the fall. And the directors tend to not care about anything except their own bands. I emailed every band direc...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Building a following for a big band
Replies: 17
Views: 878

Re: Building a following for a big band

Do any of your players have an in with a local university? I've put on big band shows at my school and gotten turnouts north of 200 for the concerts, including shows of original music and arrangements. A university may have a built-in audience and marketing machine. Our director is actually a math ...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Building a following for a big band
Replies: 17
Views: 878

Building a following for a big band

Somehow I have become the de facto marketing director for my big band. I would love any input from folks who have done this type of work as to how to increase audience size for our concerts. This is the band: https://www.facebook.com/sjeband/ Some background - our band is an amateur but very good gr...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Looking for a new straight trombone to play with community band
Replies: 42
Views: 1930

Re: Looking for a new straight trombone to play with community band

You might check out a JP 231. Same specs as a Bach 36 and it goes for under $1,100 US new. Used ones pop up on here occasionally. I got a Packer alto this past summer and it is a very nice instrument.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: Trade 3b/f for British style baritone?
Replies: 0
Views: 131

Trade 3b/f for British style baritone?

I have a 3b/f that I rarely play and was wondering if there is anyone out there in trombone land that might have a British style 3 valve compensating baritone they might be interested in trading. Something like a Wessex BR 140 or JP 273 would be nice. The King is in good shape. I paid $750 for it ab...
by Mikebmiller
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: alto that plays like a tenor
Replies: 27
Views: 1236

Re: alto that plays like a tenor

The Butler small bore is so light that you barely know you are holding a trombone.
by Mikebmiller
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 1970's Bach 42B
Replies: 6
Views: 426

Re: 1970's Bach 42B

I had one just like that that I got used in 1977 for $275. I got it refurbished in the mid 90s and then ended up selling it after getting a used Edwards. I wish I still had it. That horn survived me falling off the back of a riser when I was at a regional orchestra clinic one time. I dropped it and ...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: I just found out my horn was owned by a LEGEND
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Re: I just found out my horn was owned by a LEGEND

I had an Edwards bell for a while that had previously belonged to Collin Williams. FWIW, I'm sure the bell hated being played by me after being played by him.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?
Replies: 40
Views: 1621

Re: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?

In the bike world, 20 years ago carbon was rare and expensive. Now is is common and not quite as expensive. With rare exception, just about every bike in the pro peloton these days is carbon fiber.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?
Replies: 40
Views: 1621

Re: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?

The tooling and set up to make a contra would be quite expensive. Butler Trombones is still a fairly small company and I think he can sell all the small bore horns that he can make with no problem, so there is really no motivation to do something as complicated as a contra. But I agree that it would...

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