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Northwest Brass Festival

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Don't miss the Northwest Brass Festival on March 7-8. Featured guests include Stephen Bulla, composer, conductor, and arranger--formerly staff arranger for the Presidents Own Marine Band--Charles Villarrubia, tubist with Rhythm and Brass and David Gordon, principal trumpet of the Seattle Smphony Orchestra. Highlights appear below.



Saturday, March 7

10:00 Exibits open
10:30 Masterclass: Charles Villarrubia
1:00 Masterclass: Jamie Hood, cornet
1:00 Brass band clinics with Stephen Bulla
2:00 Masterclass: Randi Bulla, alto horn
2:00-4:00 Youth Brass Ensemble
4:30 Youth Brass performance
7:00 Brass Band Concert

Sunday, March 8

1:30 exhibits open
2:00 Masterclass: Charles Villarrubia
3:30 Masterclass: David Gordon
5:00 Student Competition
7:30 Artist Concert

First Free Methodist Church 3301 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
$25/day; $40/Festival
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The Northwest Brass Festival is hosted by Brass Band Northwest and Common Tone Arts.

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:

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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.

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In August, 2013, Northwest Sinfonietta will be recording with Joel Fan for Reference recordings! Look for the disc in Spring 2014.