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    ME, MYSELF and I:
    Are Orchestral Brass Players Losing the Concept of Being Team Players?
    by Douglas Yeo
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    Audition Day at the Coast Guard Band
    by: MUC Chris Howard

    Usually, on a Monday following a late Sunday afternoon concert, Leamy Concert Hall is a quiet place. Monday, October 17th, 2016, however, was a different story. Forty-four French horn players from across America ...
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    Band History 101
    by Richard Barth
    (Used with permission of www.bigmouthbrass.com)



    Introduction:

    In my career I have had the great good fortune to have met, played for and learned from some legends and giants in the music industry. The Cleveland Orchestra's Summer Home, Blossom Music Center has a concert band comprised of some orchestra members and other
    professionals from NortheastOhio. I had the good fortune to be a member of that band when Meredith Wilson (shown on the left) was the Director. For those that ...
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    The Entertainment Value of Novelty:
    Women Brass Musicians on the Vaudeville Stage

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    Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey
    The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

    "The changes that separate us from the Victorians date to the turn of the century, and they were acted out on the Vaudeville stage."1

    On a December evening in 1905, trombone soloist E. Ralphena Parsons prepared for her usual night's work. Parsons was in the middle of a nationwide tour as a member of the Cleveland Ladies Orchestra (see Figure 1), and that night they were performing in Boone, Iowa. Parsons, advertised as the "greatest of all lady trombonists,"2 shared the stage with cornet soloist Adda Hutchinson. Both women performed in the ensemble and as soloists in theaters and parks across the country. On that chilly December evening in Iowa, Parsons might have played an opera aria by Donizetti, or perhaps a popular favorite written as a theme and variations such as the Blue Bells of Scotland. The variations would allow her to show off her technical skill, ending with a flourish of double or triple tonguing designed to leave the audience, and perhaps Parsons herself, breathless. The two women went on stage that night as usual and received rave reviews for their performance in the local newspaper the following morning. "Miss Parsons' renditions on the trombone were such that she was recalled for the third time," noted a Daily News reporter. "The work of the entire orchestra and soloists was of the highest order. The members played with vim and precision and showed such command over their instruments that the audience was fairly fascinated."3

    This article will examine the publicity material and press coverage of numerous touring chamber and symphonic music acts performing with female brass players between 1890 and 1930. Groups such as the Phillips Sisters Orchestra, the Cathedral Trumpeters, and the Brewer Concert Entertainers toured the nation performing on the established vaudeville and theater circuit. These groups never made the big time, and most left no recordings.


    Figure 1
    The Cleveland Ladies Orchestra, with soloists Adda Hutchinson and E. Ralphena Parsons, ca. 1905
    All photos in this article courtesy of the Library of Congress' American Memory Project

    Their stories can only be guessed at, but even the smallest glimpse provides a fascinating look at the ...
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    The Euphonium Family
    The Baritone, Euphonium, and Double-Bell Euphonium

    A thorough discussion of the instruments in the euphonium family, covering their history and development, the various types of instruments, and their history of usage.
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    Written by William James on Feb. 17, 2015. Used with the author's permission.

    Mr. James' website is:
    http://williamjamespercussion.com/

    He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and Principal Percussionist of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. His articles have been published in Percussive Notes and the PAS periodical. He has presented at the 2010, 2012, and 2014 PAS International
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    Me, Myself, and I
    by Douglas Yeo (comments from Gene Pokorny)
    Great discussion on the importance of ensemble members remembering they are part of an ensemble, not soloists.


    Audition Day at the U.S. Coast Guard Band
    by Chief Musician Chris Howard
    A description of what it is like to go for a live audition for the U.S. Coast Guard Band. Each band has its own practices, but they also have many things in common.


    Band History 101
    by Richard Barth
    A great discussion to help band directors think just a little "outside the box" to improve retention and band popularity.

    Women Brass Musicians on the Vaudeville Stage
    by Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey
    Dr. Hersey documents some of the many women who performed during the Vaudeville era. She gives us great detail on the publicity material and press coverage of numerous touring chamber and symphonic music acts performing with female brass players between 1890 and 1930.

    The Euphonium Family
    by David Werden
    A discussion of the instruments in the euphonium family, covering their history and development, the various types of instruments, and their history of usage. The article covers euphonium, baritone horn, and double-bell euphonium


    Auditions - 12 Random Thoughts from the Other Side of the Screen
    by William James
    Mr. James, Principal Percussionist of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, shares the things that audition panels really care about as they listen to auditions. This must-read article provides logical, solid advice on auditioning for orchestras or bands.

    An Historical Lineage of the Modern Baritone Horn and Euphonium
    by Dr. Earle Louder
    Dr. Earle Louder give a very comprehensive account of the history and development of the euphonium family of instruments (euphonium, double-bell euphonium, and baritone horn). This is Dr. Louder's dissertation from Florida State University, originally presented in 1976.

    My Friends in the Lower Octave
    by Denis Wick
    Edited from Denis Wick's Facebook page (where it was posted on Dec. 16, 2014). Used with permission.
    Denis Wick has had a long and productive career as a player and teacher. And for much of that time he has been working on the "hardware" side of music to develop better equipment for players (you can learn more about that on his business site, www.deniswick.com). I personally own many pounds of Wick mouthpieces and mutes, as one example. His work on both sides has been in cooperation with some of the finest brass players in the world. Below is an article Denis Wick agreed to share with this website's visitors, which is on his Facebook page and has previously appeared in The Brass Herald. I think you will find it instructional and entertaining.

    Q and A with Steven Mead
    by Steven Mead
    Edited from Steven Mead's Facebook page. Used with permission.
    On November 25, 2014, euphonium virtuoso Steven Mead offered on his Facebook page (the "Steven Mead Euphonium Club") to answer three questions. He has kindly given me permission to display the complete list of conversations here so they will be more generally available. You can also follow Steven on his website,Euphonium.net.

    At the Piano, by Barrie Perrins - Considering Accompanists
    by Barrie Perrins
    From the British Bandsman, January 23, 1965. Used with permission.
    The great euphoniumist and teacher Barrie Perrins discusses the importance of an accompanist to a musical performance. He covers the partnership aspect, the respect one pays the accompanist by providing proper parts from which to play, nervousness, showmanship, and several other topics.

    Oral History Interview of Dr. Paul Droste

    Part of the Indiana University Tuba-Euphonium Oral History Project. Recorded in Columbus, Ohio, March 25th, 2000. Topic areas include Paul and the Euphonium, Studying with Max Denmark, Jack Evens, Teacher, Harold Brasch, Horn and Mouthpiece, Ensembles, Paul's Relationship with Yamaha, Glenn Call, T.U.B.A., Amateur Brass Bands, Junior Brass Bands, and American Brass Band Literature.

    Recollections on Bob Hoe
    by John Johnson
    John discusses his professional relationship with Robert Hoe and Hoe's love for bands and band music. Without John and Robert, the band world would be much poorer than it is today. The two enthusiasts brought us recordings of historic marches and some very famous brass soloists.

    Interview with Henry Charles Smith
    Part of the Indiana University Tuba-Euphonium Oral History Project. The great euphoniumist/trombonist/conductor Henry Charles Smith is interviewed about this life and career. Topics include: His Youth and Education, Early Career, Recordings, Orchestra, Band, Eugene Ormandy, Instruments - Trombone and Euphonium, Commissioning Music, Other Music and Transcriptions, Teaching and Coaching, Thoughts on Auditions.

    Band and Orchestra Auditions, by Dr. Jerry Young
    Dr. Jerry Young takes a very comprehensive look at auditions. Sections include Audition Process Common Practice, Critical Issues, Preparation, Adjudication, Preliminary Recording, Audition Committees, Objectifying Assessment in the Audition, Fairness of Auditions, Implications for Educators, Military Organization Interview Summaries, Interview Summaries: Orchestras, Orchestra Conductors, Musicians, among others.

    Film Composers and their Symphonic Music
    by David Werden
    This is taken from a masters paper in a 20th-Century Symphonies course. Many of today's film composers have backgrounds as symphonic composers and have studied in the same paths as Mahler, etc. Movie goers are regularly inculcated with the orchestrations, chord structure, melodic structure, and other facets of "serious music," even if they don't realize it at the time.
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    My Friends in the Lower Octave
    by Denis Wick

    Edited from Denis Wick's Facebook page (where it was posted on Dec. 16, 2014)

    Denis Wick has had a long and productive career as a player and teacher. And for much of that time he has been working on the "hardware" side of music to develop better equipment for players (you can learn more about that on his business site, www.deniswick.com). I personally own many pounds of Wick mouthpieces and mutes, as one example. His work on both sides has been in cooperation with some of the finest brass players in the world. Below is an article Denis Wick agreed to share with this website's visitors, which is on his Facebook page and has previously appeared in The Brass Herald. I think you will find it instructional and entertaining. ...
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    Q and A with Steven Mead

    On November 25, 2014, euphonium virtuoso Steven Mead offered on his Facebook page (the "Steven Mead Euphonium Club") to answer three questions. He has kindly given me permission to display the complete list of conversations here so they will be more generally available. You can also follow Steven on his website, Euphonium.net.
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    The great euphoniumist and teacher Barrie Perrins discusses the importance of an accompanist to a musical performance. He covers the partnership aspect, the respect one pays the accompanist by providing proper parts from which to play, nervousness, showmanship, and several other topics. ...
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    Film Composers and their Symphonic Music
    by David Werden

    For my topic I chose to examine the music of several film composers who have also written symphonic music. The composers I chose are Bernard Herrmann, Erich Korngold, Alex North, David Raksin, Miklos Rozsa, and John Williams. I was able to find recordings of the symphonies of Herrmann and Korngold, and the Sinfonietta by John Williams. ...
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    Indiana University Tuba-Euphonium Oral History Project

    Oral History Interview of Dr. Paul Droste


    Recorded in Columbus, Ohio, March 25th, 2000Dr. Paul Droste
    Dr. Carole Nowicke

    Also present: Mr. Paul E. Bierley

    Approved by Narrator, November 2000, International Tuba-Euphonium Association
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    In the early 1970's. A friend of mine who subscribed to the Gramophone magazine called my attention to a short paragraph that said that Robert Hoe of Poughkeepsie, NY had issued 2 LP's of of marches played by the U.S. Navy Band. I got his telephone number from information ...
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    International Tuba-Euphonium Association Oral History Project

    Oral History Interview of Mr. Henry Charles Smith III

    Recorded in Bloomington, Indiana October 5th , 2001
    Henry Charles Smith III
    Carole Nowicke
    Approved by Narrator, January 2002
    , International Tuba-Euphonium Association
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