Category Archives: Recordings
The participants in the summer Small Ensembles for Brass workshop performed, as did one of my other trombone students. The Southern Park Brass Trio (Andrew – rising 11th grader, Jasmine – rising 8th grader, and Joshua – rising 8th grader) are at the beginning and end, with Jacob, a rising 7th grader, performing on trombone in the middle, accompanied by Veronica, a rising 6th grader.
I’ve gotten a little behind on posting recordings of student recitals. This should get me up-to-date!
Here’s Duncan, a 10th grade horn player, performing “Andante Cantabile” from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, at the April 29 recital. He is accompanied by Jun, a piano student.
Jasmine, a 7th grade trumpet player, plays “Andante and Allegro,” arr. Voxman on the May 20 recital. She is accompanied by Raymon, an 8th grade piano student.
Another performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Andante Cantabile,” this time on the May 20 recital, by Quinn, another 10th grade horn student. He, too, is accompanied by Jun.
Here’s a great performance by a student brass quartet! Jasmine and Addison, both 7th graders, are on trumpet; Quinn, a 10th grader, is on horn; and Josh, an 8th grader, is on euphonium. They’re playing “Imperial March” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”
I had three students participate in a student recital at Southern Park Music School this weekend. This was the first time that two of them had performed a solo in public, and the first time that any of them had worked with a student accompanist, someone close to their own age. It was a wonderful educational experience, and I think they all did really well!
Here’s Jacob, a 6th grader, on trombone. He’s been playing trombone since August 2011.
Bennet is a 7th grader. He has been playing for a few years, and made All-District Band this year.
Robbie is in 6th grade, and has been playing the trumpet since June of 2011.
If you enjoyed my previous post on different versions of “The Carnival of Venice” for cornet or trumpet, check out these recordings of C0fV for other instruments of varying weirdness.
Here’s a short performance on PVC Slap Organ. Note the use of flip-flops.
An outdoor performance of double-bell Euphonium with windband.
Here’s what that Holton double-bell Euphonium looks like up close:
Solo classical guitar, played with lots of visible emotion and drama.
Solo accordion, played with lots of facial expression.
The famous Roger Bobo, making it look easy on tuba.
A pretty exciting clarinet performance!
An arrangement for brass quintet: the Canadian Brass.
Here’s a comedic performance, for solo sax and piano.
And just in case all that wasn’t enough, try this one: “The Carnival of Venice” for solo Ocarina:
Here’s a video of the 7th and 8th grade All-District band performing James Swearingen’s A River’s Fury, which was commissioned for this occasion, conducted by the composer.
Three of my trumpet students are in this performance.
The Carnival of Venice is a folk tune that has been arranged for different instruments countless times over the years. Many of these arrangements have been for cornet or trumpet, and most of them are in the “theme and variations” form. Jean-Baptiste Arban’s version, published at the back of his famous Method for Cornet, is the most well-known, and remains one of the most beloved and often played cornet solos to this day. Take a listen and you’ll understand why!
Here’s a recording of a young Wynton Marsalis performing Carnival of Venice with the Boston Pops, under the direction of John Williams:
For a different interpretation, here’s the Black Dyke Mills Brass Band featuring Phil McCann on cornet. Note the introductory cadenza: Read the rest of this entry
Here’s a recording of two of my students performing on the last student recital of this school year: Aris on trombone, and Paul on euphonium.
Aris is a rising freshman, and has been playing the trombone for 8 months. Paul is a rising senior, and is attending Govenor’s School for music this summer. The recording of Paul was taken at the rehearsal the day before, not at the recital. (Can you believe it, he sounded even better at the recital!) My recorder batteries died after Aris’s performance, so I missed Paul’s performance, as well as that of another student, Jasmine. Unfortunately, I have no additional recording of Jasmine’s performance of “Swinging on a Star,” which was fantastic!