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    Second Suite - Gustav Holst

    This features a Tuba playing (I think) four notes at the beginning of the piece, without any accompaniment. These four 16th notes (or is it 8th notes?) go through the band.

    Tuba also gets a simplified version of the melody later on.

    It's a cool piece, I suggest you listen to it or play it. =)

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    Second Suite in F for Milatary Band, "March".

    It is a fun piece to play, and there are some other movements that are fun. There is a cool euph solo in "Fantsaia on the Dargason" and "Song of the Blacksmith" has some interesting rythems in it.

    Back in the day when my band played it, I played trombone, so I didn't get either cool part

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    Second Suite - Gustav Holst

    Yeah. Song of the Blacksmith is funky. =P

    Sadly, when we sight read it, our Euphonium player didn't have a TC part so he couldn't play it. =(

  4. The first movement - March - has one of the most well known solo passages for Euphonium. It is beautifully written and shows off the full tonal qualities of the instrument. A true classic for any Euphonium player!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daytontuba View Post
    The first movement - March - has one of the most well known solo passages for Euphonium. It is beautifully written and shows off the full tonal qualities of the instrument. A true classic for any Euphonium player!
    I could not agree more! FYI, I just finished an arrangement of this for solo and piano (also includes the 2nd movement, Song without Words). It should be published before long by Cimarron Music Press. I'll try to remember to post here when it's ready.

    I played that new arrangement once already, but haven't had a chance to transcode the video. If I can get it done I'll post that as well.
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  6. I was in the same position (read treble clef, only part available bass clef) years ago. But since the music is so cool, and I WAS the euph section of that band at that time, I learned to read bass clef for that one suite. Well worth my time and effort.

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    Here is sheet music I referred to in my post above (the "Song without Words" and the "March" for euphonium and piano):

    http://www.cimarronmusic.com/two-holst-songs-13213

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    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

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    I've played Second Suite so many times that I practically got the Euphonium part memorized. It's a fun Euphonium part to play and although I'll jokingly say I hate it, I really like it. Someday I may record myself playing the entire Euphonium part by memory.
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    I play in various ensembles at Rollins College, the University of Central Florida, and anywhere else that needs either a Trombone or Euphonium player in the Central Florida area.

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    For the record ...

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    And it's not A tuba. It's in unison .
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghmerrill View Post
    For the record ...

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    And it's not A tuba. It's in unison .
    That's an interesting part you shared Gary. I've heard from a former euphonium student of Dr. Brian Bowman that he has some of his students work on that short lick for up to two weeks until they get it perfect.
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