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    Ken Burns Country Music

    The new PBS series by Ken Burns about country music premiered last night. In the first volume he was looking at the roots of the style. He mentioned instruments like the banjo, which came from Africa, and other string instruments that were brought into the style. Then he explored the advent of minstrel shows and their bringing some of the new musical styles to people who had not heard them. So while showing a few ensembles that evolved, he showed the photo below. There was no mention of the brass instrument in the middle (a small euphonium or perhaps a baritone/tenor horn). For that matter, brass instruments didn't come up until later years, when he showed Jimmy Rodgers in a recording session with Louis Armstrong. In this photo, I can't quite imagine how this ensemble would have worked with the instruments shown, but...whatever. (Maybe it was used as a bass??)

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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
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    You have sharp eyes, Dave. I completely missed the horn in the photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enhite View Post
    You have sharp eyes, Dave. I completely missed the horn in the photo.
    Are you familiar with the phrase "dumb luck"?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    (Maybe it was used as a bass??)
    The Oberkrainer bands pioneered by Slavko Avensik use a euphonium as the bass instrument for a combo of clarinet, trumpet, guitar, accordion, and vocals, so it's not unheard of:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=marg5wGTfqU
    Adrian L. Quince
    Composer, Conductor, Euphoniumist
    www.adrianquince.com

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