What we're doing

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Re: What we're doing

Post by imsevimse » Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:03 pm

StefanHaller wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:41 am
Oh, and speaking of folk songs, I finally found out where your funny forum name comes from. I found this in a small book with "Svenska Visor" in a book shelf in our cottage:

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Yes, you got me there 😃. Imsevimse is chosen to give the chills to Sweds at this forum that are afraid of spiders and there are a lot of people afraid of spiders. The username could be translated to "itsybitsy" as the same song also is known as "Itsy bitsy spider". :good:

You are right the Swedish folk songs lend themselves to harmonic variations. Jan Johansson was a great jazz pianist who made some remarkable recordings where he merged the Swedish folk songs with American jazz tradition and created a new dialect that later Swedish jazz composers like Nils Lindberg and others continued. If you've listened to Nils Landgren he sometimes includes some Swedish folk songs into his tromboneplaying. Nice that you arrange these traditional folk songs for your family choire.

What I'm I doing? I'm having long walks in the forest every day. I've got to do a change to improve some minor health issues. Not to late to do a change, but it has to be done now. I will se what the doctor says in August. My walks last between one and two hours and I have beautiful surroundings here so I can not complain. I've done them for about a month now. Since April I have also put myself on a diet. I'm beginning to get the reward as I can feel the health improved. Other things I do is to work on my house and of course I play a lot with my trombones. I've had a few weeks of vacation which are going to end soon. I will do a concert with the "Johan Stengård Jazz Big Band" at a jazz festival on Saturday and then life will return to normal again as a computer programmer and tromboneplayer.

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Re: What we're doing

Post by Mikebmiller » Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:02 pm

BflatBass wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:57 am
Well the gigantic community band has finished it's series for this year. Out of the 6 weeks they ran I played weeks 1,2,5 and 6. Week 5 was the Independence Day concert where the brass all stand up for Stars and Striped Forever which can be somewhat challenging for trombones on a cramped stage. The best part was playing the trio for the National Emblem down an octave :D . This was their 100th year so there were a lot of accolades, awards and celebrations for most of the concerts. The last week we had a 98 year old fellow in the audience who played in the band back in the mid 30's. I can't say I'm a big fan of playing in a band with 135 members on stage, 17 of which were trombones and 7 of those were playing the 3rd part. The kids on 3rd playing their student model straight tenors had to play plenty of notes up an octave :horror: It was all fun for the social aspect of it tho.

Still working on an arrangement of Atlantis the Lost Continent for 4 bones and tuba. I've got the 1st movement on paper and am now getting the 2nd movement written while I try and create a decent recording of the 1st movement on my little 4 track digital recorder. Fun stuff but it can be tedious at times.

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Wow, that’s a lot of bones. I think anything over 9 is overkill. 5 or 6 is ideal If they can all play. I played in my college alumni band a few weeks ago and we had 8 really solid players. That was fun.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by 8parktoollover » Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:24 am

Taking a vreak fron trimbone for a week
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Re: What we're doing

Post by txtimmy » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:24 am

My community band is on break for a few weeks, but have been taking the time to work with my trombone section in the band on some trombone trio work. Queuing up Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus", a "Trio for Trombones" by Beethoven and "Danny Boy" for use during the fall/winter schedule of the community band. I have really enjoyed the Beethoven trio, and the Baylor Bones have a great recording of it on YouTube.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by Mikebmiller » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:50 am

I started playing with the Smoky Mountain Brass Band in Asheville, NC a couple of weeks ago. It's a long drive, but I have been wanting to play in a brass band for a long time and these guys are the closest one to me. I have been to two rehearsals. They have some excellent players in the group. The guy playing bass told me he used to be in the San Antonio Symphony. This should be a lot of fun.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by StevenC » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:34 pm

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 took most of the solos, and the band loved her playing. Now she goes back to school. The studio has a new professor, so it should be a strange, exciting time for them.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by imsevimse » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:40 pm

Hi. I'm really looking forward to this autumn. I have just started to play bass trombone with two rehearsal big bands. The bands will be an opportunity for me to use several of the bass trombones I own and to have a chance to improve my bass trombone playing.

Most of the playing/rehearsals I do is on tenor except when it comes to gigs, then my bass has been called for. I'm happy I was finally asked to join two good kick-start bands now on bass trombone at the same time.

I will still be playing tenor with The Johan Stengård Jazz Big Band. I'm on second but the first five concerts I will be on first since the first player will go and visit U.S. The J.S Jazz Big Band will play at a theatre every monday until christmas

I continue to sing with a church choire once a week and do concerts on weekends.

In October I will play 1st trombone with a wind orchestra. It will be a weekend tour to the North of Sweden to Östersund. It will be a weeken of rehearsals and to play one concert. I usually bring my .525 Bach 36BO to the Wind Orchestra

This autumn I have also been contracted to play eight performances with an opera orchestra in my hometown. Besides strings and woodwind and drums it has three brass parts. It is trumpet, french horn and trombone. The trombone part includes things for both tenor- and basstrombone. I have not decided whether I will bring two horns or if I will bring a small bass. The opera is composed by the conductor and is called "The Wizard of OZ". It's not the same as the popular musical which was what I thought from the beginning. It is almost as when I thought I was going to play music from the famous musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" and it turned out to be music from something called "Jesus Christ Morningstar". That time it was a disappointment. In this case I look forward to play this Opera from this locally known composer and conductor of my hometown.

I have also been asked to join a jazz combo group with trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, piano, bass & drums. The plan was to meet every other week to build a repertoire but after have compared our notebooks we could not find much time where we all could rehearse together. I think it will not be that many rehearsals before christmas since members are busy with other projects, especially me and the bass player.

This will be a very busy autumn :hi:

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Re: What we're doing

Post by StevenC » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:27 pm

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.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by Bach5G » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:40 am

1st concert of the season last night. Dvorak #8. Lovely piece with some nice bits for the low brass. I brought home a friend’s old Benge 290 to try for a few days.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by ronnies » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:11 am

This December I'm in two concerts.

The Colinton Orchestra are playing Raff Symphony No.2 and a couple of other pieces. I'm playing Bass Trombone.

The Open Orchestra (my main group) is playing Beethoven 3 and a Trombone Concerto by their founding conductor David Crisp with me as soloist.

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Re: What we're doing

Post by afugate » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:47 am

Last night I played the lead book for a big band rehearsal on the wrong equipment... I brought my Duo Gravis in the mistaken belief that I was playing the bass book. :weep:

I made it work. It was a good lesson in keeping the burn and bark in the upper registers of the horn. But the chops are definitely tired this morning!

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Post by Posaunus » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:14 pm

ronnies wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:11 am

The Open Orchestra (my main group) is playing Beethoven 3 and a Trombone Concerto by their founding conductor David Crisp with me as soloist.

Ronnie
Congratulations. Good luck! :good:
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Re: What we're doing

Post by ronnies » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:30 am

Posaunus wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:14 pm
ronnies wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:11 am

The Open Orchestra (my main group) is playing Beethoven 3 and a Trombone Concerto by their founding conductor David Crisp with me as soloist.

Ronnie
Congratulations. Good luck! :good:
Thanks, I'll probably need it! :-)
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Re: What we're doing

Post by Posaunus » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:48 am

Just returned from my favorite trombone activity. We have a Dixieland ensemble that performs monthly at an county-operated "adult day care" center. We show up at the end of their group lunch and entertain the clients for an hour. These folks may have had strokes or other forms of disabilities, they may be afflicted with Down Syndrome, they may have early-stage dementia - but they all love music in their own way. Many are actively dancing, clapping, or singing along with us – huge grins on their faces. Others just sit and smile. Some seem lost in their own reverie. Some want to come give us hugs as we leave. I am convinced that we are making a difference in their lives, and am more than willing to donate my time.
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Post by StevenC » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:58 am

I'll be playing in the pit orchestra for a production of "Promenade". I'm looking forward to the run.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by StevenC » Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:14 pm

Opening night. I hope I'm not nervous.
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Post by Mikebmiller » Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:03 pm

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 concert with no money, and then hope someone shows up to watch. We are halfway through our scheduled 4 rehearsals. Things are going OK, but I was missing 3 out of my 5 trumpets last night and we are a ways away from being ready to play a few of the tunes. But I think we will make it eventually.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by Posaunus » Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:37 pm

Mikebmiller wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:03 pm
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.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by LeTromboniste » Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:26 am

This weekend is Mozart Vesperae de Confessore at a=430, beautiful cast of soloists, okay choir, and quite good pick-up period instruments orchestra. Tonight is in a really cool late 20's Art Deco church with just the rug amount of kitsch! I keep forgetting and then being surprised everytime I play or conduct this work at just how good it is. Nice trombone parts!

Monday and Tuesday part of a really cool project in the Duomo in Milan with 10 singers and 6 early winds (cornett, bombard and 4 sackbuts/trumpets), where we will perform a concert mainly reading from one of their original, 15th century (!) choirbook (which does mean 16 people sharing one (huge) music stand!), a mix of written-out polyphony and improvised counterpoint. I think the book has not been taken out of the vault in a couple centuries or something.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by Posaunus » Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:14 pm

LeTromboniste wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:26 am
This weekend is Mozart Vesperae de Confessore at a=430, beautiful cast of soloists, okay choir, and quite good pick-up period instruments orchestra. ...

... I think the book has not been taken out of the vault in a couple centuries or something.
Maximilien,
You lead a fascinating musical life, that we North Americans can scarcely imagine. :good:
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Re: What we're doing

Post by Mikebmiller » Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:30 pm

Posaunus wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:37 pm
Mikebmiller wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:03 pm
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 deep pocketed brass fan would be nice. We have one of those in my big band, but not this group. I am going to be out about $400 putting on this concert, but hopefully some folks will toss a few bucks in the kitty at the show.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by jthomas105 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:05 pm

I play in big band called "Joshua Experience" in the Dallas area. We have a few things happening in the next few weeks. First the band is traveling to Israel for concert with Michael English (from the Gaither Singers). We will do our own concert to open as well as back him on some arrangements of some of his music.

Then sometime in November we begin to release music that we have done with the ministry that Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo have called "Soldiers for the 2nd Coming". Over the last several months we have recorded 8 songs that will be released as singles on the different platforms for downloads and streaming.

The trombone section with the band is John Bush (from Ohio), Dan Canterbury (UNT), Guy Terry (Oklahoma), myself-John Thomas, and Alex Dubrov (of Maniacal 4 fame). Some of you may know some of these guys from high school, college or military.

The band was founded 18 years ago by Larry Randall (The Sax Man) who some of you may know from Vegas/cruise ship gigs.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by bigbandbone » Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:50 am

afugate wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:47 am
Last night I played the lead book for a big band rehearsal on the wrong equipment... I brought my Duo Gravis in the mistaken belief that I was playing the bass book. :weep:

I made it work. It was a good lesson in keeping the burn and bark in the upper registers of the horn. But the chops are definitely tired this morning!

--Andy in OKC
This is why I always have a Bach 4G in my bass case!
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Re: What we're doing

Post by Mikebmiller » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:48 am

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.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by JohnL » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:41 am

Mikebmiller wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:48 am
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.
They're both OK now, so I'd say that's more a blessing than a curse.
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Re: What we're doing

Post by Mikebmiller » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:38 pm

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.
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