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by Mikebmiller
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: ITF 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: ITF 2019

Well I finally signed up for this thing. I will be there Thurs- Sat. If you see a short somewhat stocky guy looking lonely, be sure to say hello. I only know 2 other guys that are going. For some reason, my wife didn't want to come along.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: How to interpret Little Brown Jug
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: How to interpret Little Brown Jug

My band opened every concert for what seemed like a year with that tune. I would like to interpret it into the trash. Not that is a bad tune, but too much of anything can drive you nuts.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Zion Williamson
Replies: 0
Views: 94

Zion Williamson

Not going to brag, but when a kid from your hometown Is the first pick in the NBA draft, it’s a pretty cool thing. Our community band practices at the private school where he played HS ball. When they had a game on the same night as a band practice, we had to park a long way off. Good luck to him!
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 233
Views: 27270

Re: What we're doing

LeTromboniste wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:36 am
On a side note, the Swiss Guard was there again!
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Looks like they are guarding the buffet!
by Mikebmiller
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 233
Views: 27270

Re: What we're doing

Played a graduation with my quintet this morning. Somebody forgot to remind the sub trumpet player that the recessional was in 2. Oops. We had to start over after about 6 bars. Oh well, they didn’t take our checks back. Life goes on.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 233
Views: 27270

Re: What we're doing

I am having a great time this week playing with the Poinsett Wind Symphony in Greenville,SC. This is mostly a Furman University alumni band. Lots of great players in every section, including 9 fantastic bone players. We have a concert tomorrow night. After spending most of my band time stuck in an i...
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Spit Valve woes...
Replies: 34
Views: 842

Re: Spit Valve woes...

Just throw a towel on the floor and wash it once or twice a year.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Thor Trombone Identification?
Replies: 15
Views: 436

Re: Thor Trombone Identification?

Official trombone of the Avengers.
by Mikebmiller
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Spit Valve woes...
Replies: 34
Views: 842

Re: Spit Valve woes...

A dog comes in handy. Just empty on his back or let him lick it up.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: ITF 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: ITF 2019

http://www.pedalnotemedia.com/the-brass ... matt-niess

Your name comes up a few times. They are probably just messing with you. Some pretty funny stories from Matt Niess in that show.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: June 6 should be bass trombone day
Replies: 19
Views: 629

Re: June 6 should be bass trombone day

I think there was a somewhat bigger event on June 6th 75 years ago.
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: ITF 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: ITF 2019

Hey Doug - any truth to the story that they spouted on the Brass Junkies last week about you?

Lance said you managed to get out of playing ceremonies with the Air Force band by not ironing your uniform. Sounds like a good trick. :wink:
by Mikebmiller
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: ITF 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: ITF 2019

I keep telling my self I am going, but haven't actually signed up yet. It's probably about as close to home as it will be for a while for me - about an 8 hour drive. And there is some good mountain biking on the way. I think the Saturday night Star Wars concert with Jim Nova and that all-star choir ...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Who is Sousa?
Replies: 31
Views: 942

Re: Who is Sousa?

The role of a wind ensemble in US society is................................change of command ceremony for a general every three years. That's pretty much it. That, and to be a hobby for old farts like me. The role of our wind band is to be the warm up act for the 3rd rate country singer that the l...
by Mikebmiller
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Finding Gigs?
Replies: 10
Views: 518

Re: Finding Gigs?

ExZacLee wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:44 pm
We could help a little better if we knew where you live
That must be a big secret.

A great place to heard big bands is Youtube. All the premier military bands like Airmen of Note and Army Blues have a channel. You can spend hours or days listening to great stuff.
by Mikebmiller
Wed May 29, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Who is Sousa?
Replies: 31
Views: 942

Re: Who is Sousa?

Isn't he that nut job writer that Trump pardoned?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/us/p ... souza.html
by Mikebmiller
Wed May 29, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Who is Sousa?
Replies: 31
Views: 942

Re: Who is Sousa?

FWIW, I once worked with a lady who had a friend who was married to Sousa's grandson.
by Mikebmiller
Tue May 28, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: You might not miss it until you move away...
Replies: 17
Views: 719

Re: You might not miss it until you move away...

Around here, "Japanese" food is anything with Teriyaki sauce on it.
by Mikebmiller
Thu May 23, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Playing an Orchestra Concert when the power goes out
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: Playing an Orchestra Concert when the power goes out

I keep a battery powered stand light in my mute bag. It comes in handy sometimes, even for indoor gigs. We played a quintet gig at an art museum recently and the light was awful. Fortunately, I was able to see with my stand light. You can get these for $15-$20 online and they are great.
by Mikebmiller
Tue May 14, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Pomp arrangement that actually has rests
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Pomp arrangement that actually has rests

Is there a Pomp And Circumstance quintet arrangement that does not require the bone player to play quarter notes continuously from start to finish? We have a graduation this Friday, and it will have a 10 minute or so processional. The arrangement we have been using features exactly 0 rest for the bo...
by Mikebmiller
Tue May 14, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: church gigs for high school player
Replies: 8
Views: 430

Re: church gigs for high school player

timothy42b wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 6:07 am
PUTTING AWAY the $%^& PHONE during rehearsal.
This has become a major pet peeve of mine. Every group I play in has people who can't quit messing with their phones the whole rehearsal. And it's not just younger people. If I were the director, I would be throwing things at these people.
by Mikebmiller
Mon May 13, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: church gigs for high school player
Replies: 8
Views: 430

Re: church gigs for high school player

Email some choir directors in your area and offer your services. Don't expect a huge response. If you can find one to let you play, get the music early and practice it. Mark any strange key signatures or accidentals. Although most church anthems are pretty easy, you want to make a good impression. S...
by Mikebmiller
Mon May 13, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jupiter XO 1236-O trombone
Replies: 34
Views: 1138

Re: Jupiter XO 1236-O trombone

A new one is $2,900 at WWBW, so if it is in good shape, that seems like a good price. Boston Brass plays Jupiter and I'm guessing they wouldn't play bad horns, even if someone paid them to.
by Mikebmiller
Sun May 12, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 105
Views: 10719

Re: Lawler trombones

Big thanks guys - I tightened the nut with the bell at a 270 degree angle and then twisted it into place and made it through a whole rehearsal with not slippage. But I did miss a couple of notes. Who should I call about that?
by Mikebmiller
Sat May 11, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Working as a Repair Tech
Replies: 12
Views: 2428

Re: Working as a Repair Tech

Sure. No repair tech has charged me enough. Nor a pro for a lesson. At the STS last summer, private lessons were going for between $100 and $300 an hour. I would say that's plenty. I didn't sign up for one. OTOH, my local tech never charges me much to work on my horns. But if he were to charge more...
by Mikebmiller
Sat May 11, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 105
Views: 10719

Re: Lawler trombones

I will try that next time I have the Lawler out (tomorrow).Thanks for the suggestion.
by Mikebmiller
Fri May 10, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 105
Views: 10719

Re: Lawler trombones

Badgerm wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 11:18 am
TheSheriff,

Did you get your Lawlers lacquered or did you leave them raw?
Brushed finish on a Lawler is beautiful. Way better than lacquer IMHO.
by Mikebmiller
Fri May 10, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 105
Views: 10719

Re: Lawler trombones

Update - I got that lock nut filed down and my horn still slips. Anything else I can try? ------ Is there a visible gap when fully tightened down? If not, then more needs to be filed. If there is a gap and it still moves on you then call Roy. ------ Yes, there is a gap now. I guess I will email Roy...
by Mikebmiller
Thu May 09, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 105
Views: 10719

Re: Lawler trombones

==== The problem is the nut making contact with the lower cork barrel. His slick design can pose this minor annoyance as the parts wear in a bit. Do not bother with teflon tape. It is not a tenon issue. Roy suggests taking a flat wide file (rat file) and filing away material from the nut. It should...
by Mikebmiller
Sun May 05, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Where is the trombone today!
Replies: 16
Views: 929

Re: Where is the trombone today!

Mine is on my stand in my practice room.
by Mikebmiller
Sun May 05, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Pit Recommendations?
Replies: 9
Views: 525

Re: Pit Recommendations?

Those jobs are pretty hard to come by. You have to live someplace that has a lot of pro pits (ie NYC and a few other places) and be really good AND know someone. The touring shows are cutting way back on the number of players that they hire. I read a review online recently of a Jersey Boys show in C...
by Mikebmiller
Fri May 03, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Future of Jazz Orchestra
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: Future of Jazz Orchestra

Yes, "future" certainly was referring to the players.

The show was mostly acoustic. I think the piano and guitar had mics, and maybe the saxes, but the horns were just playing to the hall. It was a very nice theater.
by Mikebmiller
Fri May 03, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Forums of other instruments?
Replies: 14
Views: 506

Re: Forums of other instruments?

KCinAZ wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 12:03 am
There are 16,000 horn players on the Facebook "Horn People" group.
16,000 horn players and we can't find 4 decent ones for our community band.
by Mikebmiller
Fri May 03, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Future of Jazz Orchestra
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Future of Jazz Orchestra

Last night I went to a concert at the Charlotte Jazz Festival featuring a group called "The Future of Jazz Orchestra." Wynton Marsalis put this band together from a bunch of young Julliard players and grads, along with a few vets like Wycliffe Gordon. The bones were Wycliffe, Jeffery Miller, and Sam...
by Mikebmiller
Wed May 01, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Dropping Bombs
Replies: 43
Views: 1507

Re: Dropping Bombs

My college band would go on tour during spring break (while everyone else went to the beach) and play a whole bunch of HS gyms at schools where our alumni were band directors. We always ended the concert with a tune called "Night Flight to Madrid" with the local band director conducting. It was well...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rath R10 vs Lawler
Replies: 32
Views: 2324

Re: Rath R10 vs Lawler

I was looking for a lead horn for big band. I ended up with red brass bell, 7 1/2" red brass flare, and nickel silver slide. I have bought an 8" red brass flare since then, but not played on it much.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 105
Views: 10719

Re: Lawler trombones

Is anyone using the carbon fiber slide with their Lawler? This seems like an interesting setup, if it sounds right. I tied the CF slide when I went to Roy's place. It is ridiculously light. You barely even feel it. But I liked the nickel slide better for sound and didn't feel like spending another ...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Lawler trombones
Replies: 105
Views: 10719

Re: Lawler trombones

Does anyone else have trouble with the lock nut on their Lawler not staying tight? I was playing a gig Friday night and the bell would not stay tight to the slide no matter how hard I turned the nut. Is there some low level version of locktite I could use that would keep it tight but not so tight t...
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: 3B vs 3BSS
Replies: 39
Views: 1790

Re: 3B vs 3BSS

So if the brass 3B gets the better sound, why does the SS get all the love (and better resale value)?
by Mikebmiller
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Rath R10 vs Lawler
Replies: 32
Views: 2324

Re: Rath R10 vs Lawler

I love my Lawler, but have never played an R10. But I have an R3/F and it is great. So you can't really go wrong.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Differences between Yam 611 & 612 bass trombones?
Replies: 25
Views: 1034

Re: Differences between Yam 611 & 612 bass trombones?

I had a 612 for a short time. I mostly remember it being heavy as hell.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Double Pedals
Replies: 20
Views: 899

Re: Double Pedals

Thanks. I guess if I were a pro, I would worry about learning to play these, but I don't really see the point for what I need to do.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Double Pedals
Replies: 20
Views: 899

Re: Double Pedals

Would someone explain this whole "false tone" thing? I have read about it for years on here and the old TTF, but still have no idea how to play one.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Getzen 4147
Replies: 10
Views: 996

Re: Getzen 4147

StefanHaller wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:21 am
Even on full-day rehearsals with 6-8 hours of total playing time.
Dude, what kind of amateur has 6-8 hours of rehearsal a day?
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombones bore size 0,525 and F/attachment
Replies: 27
Views: 1594

Re: Trombones bore size 0,525 and F/attachment

The R3 slide can use either a large or small shank lead pipe. I have 1 of each, along with an 8.5" Rath bell. 90% of the time, I use the small shank and 8" bell. I love that horn. But a nice used Bach 36B can be had for well under $2K and is also a fantastic option.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Lassus Trombone
Replies: 10
Views: 652

Re: Lassus Trombone

I played Lassus Trombone for 100 4 year olds this morning. They loved it.
by Mikebmiller
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Monster Oil Trombone Slide Cream
Replies: 13
Views: 1460

Re: Monster Oil Trombone Slide Cream

I got a bottle of this to try after reading this thread and I find it to be a bit thicker than Yamaha or SOM Rapid Comfort. I prefer either of those to this. Just too thick for my taste.
by Mikebmiller
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: "The Brass Junkies" by Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke
Replies: 8
Views: 507

Re: "The Brass Junkies" by Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke

They just released a 2nd interview with Jim "don't call me Bubblebutt" Nova today. It's more Car Talk than Brass Junkies, but good fun to listen to.
by Mikebmiller
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Media
Topic: "The Brass Junkies" by Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke
Replies: 8
Views: 507

Re: "The Brass Junkies" by Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke

I think the biggest takeaway from that show is that if you want to make a living as a musician these days, you have to go out and create your own opportunities. While they interview a lot of symphony players, they also talk to a ton of free lancers and folks that have created their own niche. Chris ...

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