The last two TBB concerts have been pretty amazing for us. We enjoyed great audiences and some awesome music. For as long as I can remember, band members have not really been interested in recordings of their concerts, but some have been asking, so here are some files from our last two concerts.
May 9, 2015 at Trinity United Methodist in Durham, NC – “I Shall Rise Again”
The Piper O’Dundee – Robin Gorham, Solo Tenor Horn
My Song of Songs – Kent Foss, Cornet soloist
May 29, 2015 at Bond Park in Cary, NC with Guest Drum set Artist David Albert – “Big Band Brass”
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Sean Walsh, Mark Beamish, Evan Atherton, Trumpets
Stella By Starlight – Caren Enloe, Trombone Solo
Sing Sing Sing – Dave Albert on Drum set (extended solo version)
Here is the incomparable Demondrae Thurman on Euphonium as soloist with the Triangle Brass Band from March 2014.
I am planning to go on a trip to England to research brass bands sometime in the next year. I am looking to see some of the best brass bands in the world, watch them rehearse, play concerts and talk to them about how to program, fund raise and stay viable and productive in todays economy. All in the hopes of being able to serve the Triangle Brass Bands better.
You can help me by sending a little cash my way for this trip. Just click on the link below. I would be most grateful!!!!
O Magnum Mysterium, taken from the text of the Christmas Liturgy, is an appropriate way to wish ALL a happy holidays. This performance is with the combined tuba/euphonium/baritone sections of the Triangle Youth Brass Band and Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band (formerly Brass Ensemble). This was performed on a concert where we combined both bands to play movie music and we also had brass choir music (Trumpet Ensemble, Horn Choir, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euph Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble). It was a fun concert. Most of the kids in this ensemble are my private students, so it was really fun for me to do this tune with them.
Its been a jammed up week or so. Rehearsing marching bands all last week as they prepared for their first competitions, with a long Saturday in Spartanburg, SC judging a show, and the brass band performing at Edenton St. UMC Sunday morning seemed to keep things rolling along. It has been a pretty good week, though. I really enjoyed the judging gig in SC. Saw some really good bands and I felt like I got the scores right, with the correct spreads. Hope everyone was happy with it, and my comments were useful.
The brass band played well in church and was very well received. Hopefully some people who saw us will attend some of our concerts in the future. We will play a concert at Edenton St. UMC in May, so maybe this will help with that. We start rehearsals for our next concert in November this week. We are using a lot of subs. Its such a busy month.
Jonathan made a quintet website. Its my turn to do a blog post for the quintet, and I am struggling to find the time to do it. I have to get into that soon. There is a trumpet post and horn post, so keep an eye on the quintet site for more brass tips.
The Sound Sport thing is beginning to pick up steam. We now have our website up and running and have already begun getting interest from potential members. It will be in the planning stages for a couple months, but we will look to hold auditions in April and we will rehearse and perform in June and July. I will be building a team of staff soon, and will be announcing things on our website and facebook page.
This weekend will be busy with judging and football, and a lot of marching band this week getting better for this weeks shows. So far, I am pleased with how the bands I work with are progressing.
Until next update…