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Thread: Jim Williams with Indianapolis Brass Choir

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Indianapolis area

    Jim Williams with Indianapolis Brass Choir

    Hi, everyone...
    I'm a big Benny Goodman fan. There isn't much Goodman for Brass Choir, so I did an arrangement that you can listen to here

    Of course, I gave myself a couple of 16-bar improvised solos at the beginning. I do all my pop and jazz and french horn stuff on a Yamaha 321. The Miraphone 5050 is not the sound I want for pop or jazz, and I have to work too hard to play it.

    Hope you enjoy.
    Last edited by Snorlax; 11-28-2013 at 08:35 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Very nice arr. Jim. I just listened on the iPhone so not a great way to listen, but I will listen again when I get back home and on my PC with good speakers. There's some pretty high notes in your solo.
    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
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    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank

    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
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    Good job, all the way around, Jim. I think the 321 was a smart choice,too. It sounds "right" in that setting, and a much larger horn isn't as natural a fit.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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  4. Jim, great sound. I really like this. Is the arrangement available? Can the French horn parts be written in Eb for our brass band?

    Sterling Virtuoso 1065HGS & Adams E3 Prototype 0.70 Top Sprung valves
    Sterling Virtuoso 1050HGS baritone
    New England Brass Band
    Winchendon Winds/Townsend Military Band

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Indianapolis area
    Thanks to all for the kind words.

    For better or worse, I'm going to post several of my live performances--they are often off the beaten path and may give some people some ideas about taking the euphonium places it probably has no business being. Feel free to critique or groan as you see fit. I made a conscious decision NOT to do standard euphonium repertoire for the most part, since there are so many people who already do it superbly. I prefer to let people hear an unfamiliar instrument in a familiar context.

    The "serious" stuff I play with wind/brass ensembles is also off the beaten path a bit. I'll soon post live performances of the Frigyes Hidas and Eric Ewazen concertos. Both deserve wider performances, especially the Ewazen concerto.


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    Very Tasty! Thanks for posting!

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    Dang, that was good! I can see I should have moved to Indy, not Alabama, when I retired :-P The Indianapolis Brass Choir, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Band, conducted by Joe Poio, one of my dorm roommates at Butler. I'd bet there are some other groups that a retiree eupher could join, too.
    David Bjornstad

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    2013 Jinbao JBEP-1111L, Denis Wick 4AM
    2015 Jinbao JBBR-1240, Denis Wick clone mouthpiece of unknown designation
    Cullman (AL) Community Band (Euph Section Leader)
    Brass Band of Huntsville (2nd Bari)

  8. Hi Jim

    Please let me know how I can send you an email.

    Little Jimmy

    Yamaha YBH 621s
    York Master trombonium


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