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Thread: Alfred Reed Celebration

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    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    West Palm Beach, FL

    Alfred Reed Celebration

    Alfred Reed would have turned 100 years old this year. As a celebration a number of the bands are performing some of his works in his honor. I think there are more than 200 works to his credit. We're playing four of his compositions or arrangements at our holiday concert in December. BUT not the one most think of or his most famous work, "Russian Christmas Music" since we played that master piece fairly recently. We're playing "Greensleeves", "Clear Track Polka", "A Jubilant Overture" and "Arioso" (Bach, arr. Reed). Should be a good concert I think.
    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (recently sold)
    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.
    Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches
    El Cumbanchero (Raphael Hernandez, arr. Naohiro Iwai)
    Greensleeves (arr. Alfred Reed)

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    We're doing "Russian Christmas Music," the slightly simplified arrangement. So that's covered
    David Bjornstad

    1923 Conn New Wonder 86I, Bach 6 1/2 AL
    2018 Wessex EP100 Dolce, Denis Wick 4ABL
    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)

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Indianapolis area
    Indiana Wind Symphony is doing "Symphonic Prelude--Black Is the Color..." in a couple of weeks.
    Jim Williams N9EJR (love 10 meter CW)
    Shires Q41, Yamaha 321
    Yamaha 621 Baritone
    Wick 4AL or Alliance E3A
    Conn 50H trombone, Blue P-bone

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    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Hidden Valley, AZ
    My 1970 Arizona All-State band played Russian Christmas Music, the original.

    Somehow I was first chair euph, I'll never forget that opportunity.

    Every time, anywhere I played it again, the memories were grand.

    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original
    2019 Wessex Tornister

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    It’s really good to read this.

    In my area, there is a LOT of emphasis on modern wind ensemble music, and although some of the community bands still seem to be playing +/-Gr. 2 1/2 oldies, the groups playing music written since 2000 seem to be prevailing at present.

    One of my aspirations when I began playing euphonium was to be able to play Gr.3 + wind ensemble music (including some of my favorites from my musical past). Alfred Reed’s music would be part of my preferred list. Happy it’s still being played.


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