Michael Howley, the famous euphonium soloist of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band of Yorkshire, England, won the honor (honour?) of Best Euphonium at the 2008 Brass in Concert Championship. Micheal is a Sterling Artist and plays a lacquered Sterling Virtuoso euphonium. Michael was the winner of the European music en Picarde solo competition and was awarded the title of European Euphonium Player of the Year 2003.
Somehow during my growing up I came to think that we have had a national Thanksgiving holiday ever since the Pilgrims' meal in 1621, where they were joined by Indian chiefs Massassoit, Squanto and Samoset. However, that was not an official, annual event. It would be more than 200 years before that happened. But President Washington declared a "A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer" on Thursday, November 26, 1789. According to the decree, the day was "to be observed by acknowledging with grateful
Euphonium star David Childs recently won the solist award at the Best in Brass event in the U.K. He is a great player and musician and has enjoyed wonderful success in his career. He shares his thoughts on the interview with the British website 4 Bars Rest:
David Childs Interview
This video features Gilles Rocha, of Brass Band 13 Etoiles, Concordia Vétroz, performing Eastern Dances (Bertrand Moren).
You ain't never heard baritone playin' like this!!
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Euphonium and Baritone Horn Videos
In case you have not visited the Euphonium Music Videos Page lately, you should see what's new. There is a new video of Senior Aircraftman Mathew HIll playing Vallflickans Dans. His technique and musicianship are wonderful. (The same piece can be heard on Adam Frey's new CD of euphonium and orchestra, Taking Flight)
There is also a video of Sheona White playing Apès un Rêve, which I added because it is great music for a euphonium player to know (even though here it is played on
Kelly has a great package deal on their plastic mouthpieces: you can buy three for $33.00 (plus shipping). There are a few sizes to choose from in each type and you can mix and match any way you want (3 euphonium, 3 tuba, 1 trumpet + 1 euphonium + 1 tuba, etc.).
Here is a recording of The U.S. Coast Guard Band playing their own version of the Service Medley. It features all 5 of our armed forces songs played in order of military seniority. (This is the same order you will see the units in when/if you watch the upcoming inaugural parade in January.)
Service Medley, USCG Band
On Veterans Day it seems appropriate to remember the 19 members of The United States Navy Band who lost their lives in a plane crash in 1961. At a memorial service in Christ Church, Rear Admiral H.P. Weatherwax (Chief, U.S. Naval Mission - Brazil) unveiled a stained glass window "...to the glory of God, and in memory of the men of the U.S. Navy who lost their lives in an air disaster in Rio de Janeiro in the year 1960."
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United States Navy Band,