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    Wink 2nd Baritone Jokes. Bring out your best.

    -During rehearsal, Bandmaster says to me “2nd Baritone, treat it like a solo” to my reply “what’s a solo? We don’t see many of them down in these here parts..how many beats should I rest?”.

    -Last night someone called the euphoniums “baritones” and I overheard them, corrected them and said “2nd Baritones are the watchdog of the section. We have so much free time we take up a second job as surveillance.”

    -What’s the difference between a baritone player and a euphonium player? The baritone player doesn’t complain about being called a euphonium.

    Back in the early 90s I started to write “102 things to do while playing 2nd Baritone”. Somewhere in storage are my notes. In the meantime. Let’s hear your 2nd Baritone jokes.

    I’m a big girl. I can take it.
    Des


    Meet the Family
    Junior - Euphonium - 1906 - Henry Distin Mfg.
    Hastings - Trombone - 1952 - Boosey and Hawkes
    Bramwell - Euphonium - 1988 - Besson/Boosey and Hawkes (BE967)
    Donna - Baritone - 2012 - Dillon Music
    Margaret - Baritone - 2015 - Sterling1050HGS


    New York Staff Band :1991-1994
    Philadelphia Freedom Band - 2022-
    Lancaster British Brass Band (all hail the 2nd baritone) - 2022-

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    I don't have any related jokes, to offer, but...

    Interestingly, I think that more than any other post I can think of, this one really points out a difference in culture. Most of us who grew up in the concert band culture seldom saw any non-unified parts! It's actually a personal pet peeve of mine that concert band composers seem afraid to offer either 1st and 2nd parts or divisi parts more often.

    But I can offer some semi-related humor from the Salvation Army's Chicago Staff Band: "Solo Secondo" (about the 2nd tenor horn parts):

    Solo Secondo (MP3 file)

    You will probably need to boost volume to hear the talking that starts it out. It's from a live concert and was not ideally mic'd.
    Last edited by davewerden; 07-29-2022 at 10:51 AM.
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    I love SOLO SECONDO!!! Haven't been in a group playing it in over 30 years. Good memories.

    My ex and I were discussing our Army past and after passing certain recordings back and forth admitted we grew up very spoiled when it came to music. Our "church" had music most others couldn't touch by a mile. As much as I despise The Salvation Army today, the music is still an important part of my life. Now that I'm back in the brass band world, I've learned to separate the love from the loathing.

    But for 2nd Baritone... gracious. Told my friend last night after rehearsal, "I hope you dont' think all my jokes about 2nd Baritone mean I don't like the chair...oh, it's quite the opposite. I take all the jokes with a sense of Pride. Someone has to make them".

    The recording is amazing. The memories. I can't stop laughing. Bill Himes is such a funny human being.
    Des


    Meet the Family
    Junior - Euphonium - 1906 - Henry Distin Mfg.
    Hastings - Trombone - 1952 - Boosey and Hawkes
    Bramwell - Euphonium - 1988 - Besson/Boosey and Hawkes (BE967)
    Donna - Baritone - 2012 - Dillon Music
    Margaret - Baritone - 2015 - Sterling1050HGS


    New York Staff Band :1991-1994
    Philadelphia Freedom Band - 2022-
    Lancaster British Brass Band (all hail the 2nd baritone) - 2022-

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    Back in 1989, Harold Burgmayer wrote a piece called "Odds and Endings".. It just featured the low brass. Baritones/Euphs/Tubas.. It was so much fun.. Need to find a recording of it somewhere.
    Last edited by anadmai; 07-29-2022 at 10:54 AM.
    Des


    Meet the Family
    Junior - Euphonium - 1906 - Henry Distin Mfg.
    Hastings - Trombone - 1952 - Boosey and Hawkes
    Bramwell - Euphonium - 1988 - Besson/Boosey and Hawkes (BE967)
    Donna - Baritone - 2012 - Dillon Music
    Margaret - Baritone - 2015 - Sterling1050HGS


    New York Staff Band :1991-1994
    Philadelphia Freedom Band - 2022-
    Lancaster British Brass Band (all hail the 2nd baritone) - 2022-

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    Quote Originally Posted by anadmai View Post
    Oh and It's the Chicago Staff Band on the recording.
    Just a slip of the brain as I was typing - I made the reference more clear in my post above. Thanks!

    Bill Himes was indeed a fine person. I met him in 1978 after he performed a solo; then many years later we had reason to correspond quite a bit and he was very helpful and patient. Of course, he was a wonderful euphonium player, too!

    There a few recordings of his solo work on my YouTube channel:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOQ8...kG8Fe2iNdVlFoF
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
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    Best I can offer (a bit off topic) is when I say I play the euphonium, then they ask what is that?

    I reply it is a baritone you spend a lot of money on.

    DG
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    ain't that the truth.
    Des


    Meet the Family
    Junior - Euphonium - 1906 - Henry Distin Mfg.
    Hastings - Trombone - 1952 - Boosey and Hawkes
    Bramwell - Euphonium - 1988 - Besson/Boosey and Hawkes (BE967)
    Donna - Baritone - 2012 - Dillon Music
    Margaret - Baritone - 2015 - Sterling1050HGS


    New York Staff Band :1991-1994
    Philadelphia Freedom Band - 2022-
    Lancaster British Brass Band (all hail the 2nd baritone) - 2022-

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    I need to find a composer with a sense of humor who'd do one for second baritone. One part would to show the audience my proficiency at counting rests. Off beats would be the next technical flourish followed by a Euphonium Solo where I watch with fangirl amazement, only to forget when I come in next. Working title.. "Wanted Hearts".

    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    Just a slip of the brain as I was typing - I made the reference more clear in my post above. Thanks!

    Bill Himes was indeed a fine person. I met him in 1978 after he performed a solo; then many years later we had reason to correspond quite a bit and he was very helpful and patient. Of course, he was a wonderful euphonium player, too!

    There a few recordings of his solo work on my YouTube channel:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOQ8...kG8Fe2iNdVlFoF
    Des


    Meet the Family
    Junior - Euphonium - 1906 - Henry Distin Mfg.
    Hastings - Trombone - 1952 - Boosey and Hawkes
    Bramwell - Euphonium - 1988 - Besson/Boosey and Hawkes (BE967)
    Donna - Baritone - 2012 - Dillon Music
    Margaret - Baritone - 2015 - Sterling1050HGS


    New York Staff Band :1991-1994
    Philadelphia Freedom Band - 2022-
    Lancaster British Brass Band (all hail the 2nd baritone) - 2022-

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    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    I don't have any related jokes, to offer, but...
    <snip>
    But I can offer some semi-related humor from the Salvation Army's Chicago Staff Band: "Solo Secondo" (about the 2nd tenor horn parts):

    Solo Secondo (MP3 file)

    You will probably need to boost volume to hear the talking that starts it out. It's from a live concert and was not ideally mic'd.
    Too funny!

    I went looking for a video of Salvation Army's Chicago Staff Band but no luck. Did find a decent one by the Natural State Brass Band in Arkansas linked below. The dialog is more audible. I loved it when the soloist took out a huge towel to dry his chops and brow. After all, those mid range F sharps (concert E) can be tough.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=levuF973w8s
    Last edited by RickF; 07-29-2022 at 12:30 PM.
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    I saw that too. They used some of the dialogue from the CSB. I’ve been laughing at this all day.
    Des


    Meet the Family
    Junior - Euphonium - 1906 - Henry Distin Mfg.
    Hastings - Trombone - 1952 - Boosey and Hawkes
    Bramwell - Euphonium - 1988 - Besson/Boosey and Hawkes (BE967)
    Donna - Baritone - 2012 - Dillon Music
    Margaret - Baritone - 2015 - Sterling1050HGS


    New York Staff Band :1991-1994
    Philadelphia Freedom Band - 2022-
    Lancaster British Brass Band (all hail the 2nd baritone) - 2022-

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