Concert schedule - Fall 2014

September 28: Jacobsen Recital Series performing the Concerto for Trumpet and Bassoon by Paul Hindemith.
October 10, 11, 12:
Northwest Sinfonietta performing works by Vorisek, Dvorak, Bartok and Sarasate.
October 19: Brass Band Northwest performs Heroes of England with music by Holst, Sparke, Vaughn-Williams and Vinter.
October 25: Tacoma Symphony Orchestra performing with Evelyn Glennie including works by Respighi and Ravel.
October 26: Jacobsen Recital Series performing the Concerto for Trumpet and Bassoon by Paul Hindemith.
November 14, 15, 16: Northwest Sinfonietta performing works by Gluck, Jones, Mozart and Youtz.
December 7: Tacoma Symphony performing Sounds of the Season.
December 9: Brass Band Northwest performing All I Want for Christmas with guests PepperJill and Jack.

Philip Smith retires

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Philip Smith, principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, is retiring. He led that trumpet section for 36 years and produced a CD of excerpts that has become the de facto standard for orchestral trumpet playing. After the retirement of Bud Herseth, Phil Smith must be viewed as the leader of orchestral trumpet playing in America. He is notable enough that his departure was the subject of an article in The New Yorker:

Philip Smith, master trumpeter

The article and his comrades appropriately praise his career, but what I find telling is the one quote from Mr Smith, a master trumpeter who still, apparently, battles nerves:

A thirty-six-year career in the same orchestra means that expectations can remain high over a lifetime. “People keep showing up, and they want Mahler’s Fifth in 2013 to sound as good as it did in 1978,” he said. “And you’re going, ‘Shoot, man, I’m not sure if I can do that.’ So you have to watch the little voices and try to shove them out of the way. Try not to get focussed on mistakes. It’s like watching the Olympics—how many times you know these people are tops of their field, they get to the Olympics and the voices win. So it’s a constant battle to say, ‘Don’t let the voices win.’ Sing, sing, sing, sing, sing. When the voices start going, start singing.”

Jens Lindemann in Seattle and Tacoma

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Jens Lindemann will make two Seattle-area appearances at the end of January! On Saturday, January 25 he will give a masterclass and perform with Brass Band Northwest for the Northwest Brass Band Festival at Seattle Pacific University. At 1:30 on Sunday, January 26 Jens will give a masterclass at the University of Puget Sound. Contact me for more information.

Fast practice

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Jason Sulliman has posted a great video on fast practice. Rather than starting slowly and clicking up the metronome, fast practice involves starting at tempo but with only a small portion of the passage, gradually adding notes. My favorite method is to start at the end of a passage and to keep adding beats to the front of the lick.
Check out his video on Youtube:
Jason Sulliman fast practice video

Concert schedule - spring 2014

January 25 (Seattle): Brass Band Northwest hosts the Northwest Brass Band Festival with guests Jamie Hood (clinician) and Jens Lindemann (trumpet soloist.)
February 13, 14, 15
(Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup) Northwest Sinfonietta performing Beethoven Symphony 6.
February 23 (Tacoma): Tacoma Symphony Orchestra performing Verdi and other opera excerpts.
February 28 (Tacoma): Jacobsen Series, music of Poulenc (La Masque Bal) and Weill (violin concerto.)
March 22 (Tacoma): Tacoma Symphony Pops featuring the music of Barbra Streisand.
March 23 (Bellevue): Brass Band Northwest performs for Sunday services at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
April 6
(Bellevue): Brass Band Northwest performs Gregson, Holst, Leland (premiere) and Lovatt-Cooper.
May 4 (Bellevue): Brass Band Northwest performs for Sunday services at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
May 10
(Tacoma): Tacoma Symphony Orchestra performs Liszt and Mahler.
May 16, 17, 18 (Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup): Northwest Sinfonietta, Rossini, Pasatieri (premiere) and Beethoven.
May 31 (Bellevue): Brass Band Northwest presents ESPANA!, music from Spain and Latin America.

Concert schedule - December 2013

December 7, 3:00 (Tacoma): Tacoma City Ballet presents the Nutcracker.
December 8, 2:00 (Tacoma): Tacoma Symphony Orchestra presents Sounds of the Season.
December 10, 7:30 (Bellevue): Brass Band Northwest presents ’Tis the Season.
December 13, 12:00 (Seattle): Pacific Northwest Ballet performs the Nutcracker.
December 14 & 15, 3:00 (Tacoma): Tacoma City Ballet presents the Nutcracker.
December 17, 7:00 (North Bend): Brass Band Northwest performs ’Tis the Season with the young musicians of the North Bend Elementary School.
December 20, 7:30 (Tacoma): Tacoma Symphony presents Messiah.
December 21 & 22, 3:00 (Tacoma): Tacoma City Ballet presents the Nutcracker.
December 22, 10:00 (Seattle): service music at View Ridge Community Church.
December 24, 2:00 (Seattle): PNB presents Nutcracker.
December 24, 5:00 (Seattle): service music for View Ridge Community Church.
December 26, 7:00 (Seattle): University Unitarian Church Messiah Sing.

Ode for Trumpet comparison

Recently I have been pulling up some Youtube videos in lessons and thought I would share these with all of my trumpet friends.

The Ode for Trumpet by Alfred Reed is presented in the two videos below. Both are strong performances, and it is interesting to note the differences. Listen to the first 30 seconds of each. In the first performance the trumpeter shapes the line very nicely, though he breaks up the line into small pieces rather than stringing them together to create a larger arc. The second performance shapes but also connects the ideas into a larger whole. 

Let me know what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AEz2NEmASM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYxLNVb8QLA

Concert schedule - fall 2013

September 27 (Tacoma): Solo performance at the Puget Sound Collage concert.
September 28 (Tacoma): Tacoma Symphony Brass Quintet performs for the gala.
September 29 (Bellevue): Lake Washington Symphony Brass Quintet performs for fundraiser.
October 11, 12, 13 (Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup): Northwest Sinfonietta.
October 20 (Bellevue): Brass Band Northwest performs for Sunday services at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
October 26 (Tacoma): Tacoma Symphony Orchestra performs Schuman, Bruch and Rachmaninoff.
October 27 (Bellevue): Brass Band Northwest performs music by Taylor, Berry and Sparke with soloist Brett While, euphonium.
November 17 (Seattle): Music of Haydn and Mozart at Epiphany Parish.
November 24 (Bellevue): Brass Band Northwest performs for Sunday services at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
November 24 (Seattle): Our Lady of Fatima Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Matthew Loucks performs Messiah.

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