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"Two Gavottes" - Euphonium and Piano. By J.S. Bach, arr. by David Werden (05/17/2021)
This is one of those pieces that works equally well in a recital or a church service. Here is a recording where it is used as a church prelude.
 
Bill Watrous - Spain (05/15/2021)
Trombone phenom Bill Watrous appearing with The USCG Jazz Ensemble in 1976.
 
Recording on a Phone Is Not Great. Here Is a Better Way. (05/14/2021)
Phones are great for many things, but when you try to record important music on one (i.e. auditions etc.) the phone gets in your way. The mic is not built for music, for one thing, and the phone is constantly adjusting the volume in the opposite direction as your playing! Here are some back-to-back comparisons and a convenient solution.
 
Arban Song 112: "I Capuletti." Demo, Free Music, Including Mini-Lesson. (05/13/2021)
This song (one of the 150 songs in the Arban book) is fun to play, but there are some rhythmic challenges. I demonstrate the song here, and the free download music has a little tutorial on practicing it. Get it here with the link in the YouTube description.
 
Monti's "Czardas" - Euphonium and Piano, Arranged by Eric Wilson. (05/12/2021)
Sara Brunk is playing piano on this video, in the sanctuary of Christ Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Lake Elmo, MN. We are grateful for the use of their facilities!
 
Excerpt: Boys of the Old Brigade (05/11/2021)
A very enjoyable (to hear and play) march by William Paris Chambers.
 
Arban Song #28: "Romance" - Tricky Little Song in Several Ways. (05/10/2021)
It took a little experimentation to figure out a good tempo for this, and following some of the articulation/etc. markings proved tricky as well. Therefore it is a great piece to work on!
 
Spit Catcher - Emptying the Water without Grossness! (05/08/2021)
I found a simple and clever product that makes brass playing just a little less messy (and less gross to string and woodwind players near you).
 
Arban Book 110: Neapolitan Song. Free Sheet Music Download. (05/06/2021)
This song reminds me of Carnival of Venice a little, but there are parts that were really tough to interpret. The video shows my ideas for right now, and the free download here has some interpretative markup in the music.
 
Jenny Jones Sheet Music (05/06/2021)
This link will take you to a page with the cornet and euphonium versions (also Eb horn)
 
Nymphalin (Romance) by John Philip Sousa, arr. by David Werden. (05/05/2021)
Sousa didn't only write marches! Here is a bit of practrice from his nice romance, "Nymphalin", which I arranged for euphonium and piano. The YouTube description has a link to a euph/piano performance as well.
 
Endearing Young Charms - Euphonium Duet (04/30/2021)
David Werden and Danny Vinson, euphonium duet. Performing the Mantia/Werden arrangement of Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, done by Werden as a duet.
 
Side Partners - Euphonium Duet - Dave Werden and Roger Behrend (04/27/2021)
After I performed "Bride of the Waves" at a Coast Guard Band concert, Roger Behrend and I performed Herbert L. Clarke's "Side Partners" duet as an encore. This is from the 1980's.
 
"Voi Che Sapete" Euphonium Solo with Piano. (04/25/2021)
This is a work session to read through my draft of a new arrangement. I love this tune! It should be published soon.
 
Mr. Euphonium, Harold Brasch, performing "Devil's Tongue" (04/24/2021)
This is from Harold Brasch's first album, simply called "Mr. Euphonium." Brasch was euphonium soloist with The U.S. Navy Band, and after retirement became an active guest artist. He help to introduce the British-style compensating euphonium in the United States. Mr. Brasch became known as "Mr. Euphonium."
 
Arban Song #38: Demo & Free Download of this piece in treble/bass clef. (04/23/2021)
This is one of the many songs in the Arban book, which are all intended to help us practice style, phrasing, musicality. To help you try this one I'm including a free download in Bb treble or concert pitch bass clef. See the YouTube description for the link.
 
Arban Song #69. (04/22/2021)
Practice Demo plus FREE Download of this piece in treble/bass clef. See the YouTube description for the download link.
 
Carnival of Venice - Arban/Werden. (04/21/2021)
From a live concert in 1986 in Davenport, Iowa. This is Arban's famous version with a few twists of my own.
 
Arban #43 "Brightest Eyes." (04/19/2021)
My own reading of it, plus the YouTube description has a link to download (FREE) the treble and bass clef part for your own practice. This is one of the many songs in Arban that are there to help develop musicality.
 
Another Tip for Clean Slurs. (04/18/2021)
Tips for a Tricky Lip Slur in My Arrangement of "Les berceaux" by Faure. PLUS a Free Sheet Music Download.
 
"Les berceaux" by Faure/Werden. (04/17/2021)
My newest arrangement works nicely for a church setting or in a recital. You'll find links in the YouTube description to download the solo part (TC and BC) for FREE! Play through it and see what you think.
 
Arban Song #69, Free Download of this piece in treble/bass clef (04/14/2021)
This is one of the many songs in the Arban book, which are all intended to help us practice style, phrasing, musicality. To help you try this one I'm including a free download in Bb treble or concert pitch bass clef.
 
Harold Brasch ("Mr. Euphonium") performing "Concert Polka." (04/12/2021)
Mr. Brasch made a huge impression when I first heard him play during my high school days. This was one of the pieces, and his triple tongue was awesome!
 
Hejre Kati - Euphonium and Piano. (04/11/2021)
One of the best Rafael Mendez solos, performed by David Werden and Sara Brunk. It was originally a violin fantasy by Jeno Hubay, and later arranged by Mendez into a trumpet solo.
 
Beauty and the Beast. (04/10/2021)
From the Disney movie by the same name, here is the lovely title song.
 
High-range delicacy is necessary here! (04/09/2021)
Playing "Lark in the Clear Air" which was written for tenor horn. I transposed the line up a 4th mentally as I played it. Not the easiest transposition! But it is a pretty piece.
 
Holst 2nd Suite - U.S. Coast Guard Band, Frederick Fennell conducting. (04/08/2021)
From a live concert at Interlochen Music Camp, here is The United States Coast Guard with guest conductor Frederick Fennell. We play the classic Suite No. 2 in F for Military Band by Gustav Holst.
 
Holst 2nd Suite - U.S. Coast Guard Band, Frederick Fennell conducting. (04/08/2021)
From a live concert at Interlochen Music Camp, here is The United States Coast Guard with guest conductor Frederick Fennell. We play the classic Suite No. 2 in F for Military Band by Gustav Holst.
 
"Crazy" (Willie Nelson / Patsy Cline). (04/07/2021)
"Crazy" (Patsy Cline) - one of my favorite songs to play. It is great training to try to emulate Patsy's unique singing style. I was pretty pleased with how it came out.
 
Emmet's Lullaby by T.V. Short. (04/04/2021)
This is one of the solos in Arthur Lehman's book, and it is great practice material!
 
Handel Articulation - Finer Detail You May Have Missed! (04/03/2021)
Minding the details: articulation subtlety in Handel's Air and Variations. This is one I overlooked for YEARS! It's a fun little challenge to do what is written.
 
"The Harmonious Blacksmith" from Arthur Lehman's book. (04/01/2021)
This is the theme and cadenza. Note that it is much different from the Fitzgerald Air & Variations!
 
Oystein Baadsvik and Dave Werden - Aria Duet by Bach/Werden. (03/30/2021)
Live performance on euphonium and tuba by Dave Werden and Oystein Baadsvik, with Stephanie Wikstrom on piano. This was from a concert on March 10, 2013, hosted by Minne-Brass. The venue is Kings of Kings Lutheran Church in Woodbury, MN. Our piece is the Aria-Duet from Cantata 78 by J.S. Bach, arranged by David Werden (published by Cimarron Music Press).
 
Borrowing a Technique to Create New Exercises! Euphonium, Baritone, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, or Horn. (03/23/2021)
Most brass players have used long-tone-with-dymanics practice: start soft, gradually crescendo, gradually diminuendo, all on one note in one breath. That same concept is valuable with tonguing, vibrato, and lip trills, which I demonstrate here! And best of all - it's FREE!
 
Jerry Owen "Variations" - Euphonium Solo in Jazz Style. (03/22/2021)
My live performance with the USCG Band
 
Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid - David Werden baritone, Sara Brunk piano (03/21/2021)
I chose this song from another animated feature, "The Little Mermaid." In this case, it is a lively, up-tempo song, which shows off the lighter side of the baritone.
 
Euphonium Mouthpieces: Alliance DC3 & Wick 4AL (03/20/2021)
My own mouthpiece has been the Denis Wick 4AL for quite a while now. Even at times when I played different mouthpiece for a bit, I always gravitated back to the trusty 4AL. With this Alliance DC3, it may offer enough to draw me away. I'm still testing, but here is what I know so far.
 
The Desire for Perfect Valve Oil (03/18/2021)
Are you on an eternal quest for the right valve oil? Here is what's behind it!
 
Hailstorm - Dave Werden, Euphonium (03/15/2021)
One of Harold Brasch's favorite solos, "Hailstorm" by William Rimmer (1861-1936) is fun to hear and play and a good triple-tongue exercise. This performance is part of a recital at the University of Iowa in March of 2015.
 
Faure: "Les berceaux" - Euphonium and Piano - DRAFT VIDEO. (03/14/2021)
Our first read-through of a new arrangement that Cimarron Music will publish very soon. In the meantime I have links in the YouTube description where you can download the solo part and start practicing now!
 
Holst 1st Suite Excerpts. (03/13/2021)
Excerpt from Holst 1st Suite for Baritone and Euphonium, Solo Demonstration & a USCG Band Recording.
 
Jerry Owen "Variations" - Euphonium Solo in Jazz Style. (03/04/2021)
Written for Rich Matteson, I demo a little of my current practice, then you can hear me perform the piece with the Coast Guard Band.
 
LISTEN to What Your Warm-up Is Telling You! Trumpet, horn, baritone, trombone, euphonium, tuba. (03/03/2021)
You should be interactive with your warm-up. That is, you can work this as a question/answer process and get much better results.
 
Leonard Falcone: La Danza (Tarantella), Baritone Horn / Euphonium Solo. (03/02/2021)
Leonard Falcone has a wonderful career as a player, educator, and band director, and there is a euphonium competition named for him today. He put out 3 LP's on Golden Crest Records, and I believe this recording predates those by several years (based on the acoustics). I cleaned up the sound as much as possible.
 
How to Grease Tuning Slides - Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, & Trombone. (03/01/2021)
These Tips Will Make Your Maintenance Efforts More Effective. EASY! If your brass instrument is in decent repair, this process will work to keep your slides working smoothly and help to keep your clothes clean.
 
Jota, by Rafael Mendez: Euphonium Solo. (02/24/2021)
Samples from my performance at IET in Atlanta. It's a challenge!
 
Facilita - Theme and Variations, Euphonium. (02/19/2021)
One of the staples of our repertoire, this is a very nice solo. The last variations give me a chance to do a magic trick!
 
Practice for REAL WORLD playing. (02/18/2021)
I discuss bell covers mostly, but also touch on doubling and solo preparation.
 
Neapolitan Dance - Practice and Then Performance with Double-Bell Euphonium (02/16/2021)
This is a great piece by Tchaikovsky that is a cornet/trumpet solo in the original. I have arranged it for solo with piano.
 
Crown Him with Many Crowns - Hymn with Euphonium Melody and Descant (02/14/2021)
From a church service in November, 2019.
 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet: Ewald Quintet No 1. From around 1960. (Brass Ensemble) (02/13/2021)
Two Movements of the Ewald Quintet. This is a pretty old recording of the Chicago Symphony's brass quintet.
 
Capuzzi Allegro Moderato - the Missing Movement! Demo plus Full Performance. (02/12/2021)
Many players know the Capuzzi/Catelinet "Andante and Rondo," which is taken from movements 2 and 3 of the Capuzzi Concerto for Bass. But the first movement is really nice and I've always missed it. I decided to arrange it, and was careful to choose and key and write in a style that would be compatible with the Andante and Rondo. This movement can stand alone, or you can combine it with the Andante and Rondo to play the whole concerto.
 
Spinning Song - Euphonium Solo with Band. (02/11/2021)
Spinning Song (Mendelssohn/Werden). I'm playing it here with band as an encore to a solo. I arranged it for use with either piano or band.
 
What is "Elision" in music phrasing? (02/09/2021)
Here is a discussion and demonstration of elision, and examples of how a wind player might handle it when needing a breath.
 
2nd Demo from Recitative and Polonaise. (02/08/2021)
This is from the opera Mignon, and is great musical practice for brass players (partly because the technical requirements are different from what we are used to).
 
2nd Example: Arpeggione Sonata Mvt 1. A Part of My Practice. (02/07/2021)
I arranged this piece as a way to let euphonium players stretch their musicianship. One can hear the finest string players perform this, and trying to emulate those artists is a great learning experience. That's why I like to practice it!
 
Bill Watrous - 4th Floor Walkup, with USCG Jazz Band (02/05/2021)
From our 1976 jazz concert, which featured trombone soloist Bill Watrous. Here is "4th Floor Walkup," which is a Watrous showpiece.
 
Recitative and Polonaise for Euphonium, Practice Demo and Full Performance on Euphonium and Piano (02/04/2021)
My arrangement of a wonderful song from the opera Mignon (by Ambroise Thomas), arranged for euphonium and piano. I'll play a small sampling of themes, and then you hear a full version with piano. It present unique technical and musical challenges for a brass player, but I think the effect is worth the effort.
 
Serenade from The Student Prince (02/03/2021)
A little of my practice followed by a full performance with euphonium and piano.
 
Practice Excerpt from the Arpeggione Sonata, Movement 1. (02/02/2021)
This movement can easily stand alone without 2&3, so I am going to focus on Mvt 1 for this and some other excerpts and tips, yet to come.
 
Riders of Rohan - Euphonium and Piano (01/31/2021)
This fun piece was written by Robert Childs by Rodney Newton. Nice slow opening, and a good romp to finish it!
 
Schubert/Werden - An Die Musik (01/30/2021)
A lovely Schubert song. Here is a sample of my practice followed by a full performance for euphonium and piano.
 
Strauss Horn Concerto. (01/27/2021)
This is great practice for high range, of course, but is REALLY nice for practicing long phrases. I'll play this demo in the range of the French horn, then in a transposed key suitable for euphonium. Then you can hear a live performance by Floyd Cooley on tuba (it's great!). The YouTube description includes links to download euphonium music for both of my demos (treble and bass clef).
 
Tchaikovsky: Romance in f minor for Euphonium and Piano. (01/25/2021)
A new video of this lovely melodic piece, originally a piano solo. This is my own arrangement.
 
Serenade from The Student Prince (01/24/2021)
A peek into my practice, a few words, and also a full recording of this pretty piece that was a favorite of Harold Brasch.
 
On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn) (01/23/2021)
I show a bit of my practice and then share a full video with piano. It works well for brass in recitals or worship settings. #euphonium #baritonehorn #trumpet #cornet #trombone
 
How to Improve Your Scale Practice and Exercise Your Brain - Trumpet, Euphonium, Baritone, Tuba (01/22/2021)
We practice scales every day, right? But too often we do them mindlessly, in patterns we know well. I'll demonstrate a method I use daily to help sharpen my mind/reactions as I work my fingers through various scales.
 
Boda Sonatina for Euphonium and Synthesizer (01/21/2021)
Practice demo plus full LIVE performance recording I did in the 1980's.
 
Fastest Triple-Tonguing I Have Ever Heard! (01/19/2021)
A historic recording of Herbert L. Clarke playing Grand Russian Fantasy (Jules Levy). The last variation has him triple tonguing at 140 beats/minute!
 
Improve Your Band Skills when Band Is Not Available! (01/18/2021)
Sousa's "Fairest of the Fair" march, in my arrangement for Euphonium and Piano. The euphonium part follows the band part very closely. It makes a nice recital piece in addition to being a good training exercise!
 
Euphonic Sounds by Joplin/Werden for Euphonium-Tuba Quartet. Demo/Lesson and Full Quartet Recording (01/17/2021)
Black American composer/pianist Scott Joplin wrote over 100 ragtime pieces, including this wonderfully-named "Euphonic Sounds." As much fun as it is to hear and play, there is a hidden music lesson inside! I'll talk about it in the first part of the video as I demonstrate some of the melodies and syncopations. After that you can hear a full recording by the Atlantic Tuba Quartet.
 
O for the Wings of a Dove, Euphonium Solo. (01/16/2021)
Practice example PLUS Full Live Performance of the lovely Mendelssohn song. The full recording you'll hear after my demo was when I performed this at an Army Band Euphonium-Tuba Conference a few decades ago, and it went over very well with the audience.
 
Two Gavottes by Bach/Werden (01/15/2021)
Bach/Werden: Two Gavottes. Here is a peek into my practice, followed by a full performance with piano (Sara Brunk). Nice piece for a recital or for a church prelude/postlude.
 
Schumann Album for the Young - All 4 Movements (01/14/2021)
I wrote this suite from Schumann's book for young piano players. I think I found 4 movements that fit the euphonium-tuba quartet very well!
 
Spinning Song - Practice and warmup advice and full performance (01/13/2021)
A real finger-twister! (And it's my own fault - I arranged it.) I'll suggest a way to get "free" practice time when you are working on a piece that needs lots of woodshedding. Then you can hear a full performance from my recital tour of Japan in 1991.
 
Mephisto Masque by black American Composer Edmund Dede (01/09/2021)
My arrangement of the euphonium solo, done for solo/orchestra and solo/piano. You can hear a couple practice samples followed by excerpts from live performances of each version
 
Rag-Time Dance - Euphonium-Tuba Quartet (01/03/2021)
Here is a performance by The USCG Band euphonium-tuba quartet of this famous Scott Joplin rag.
 
Bride of the Waves - Spicing Up the Ending (01/02/2021)
I found a couple ways to enhance the ending of Herbert L. Clarke's "Bride of the Waves." I'll tell you about them and then you hear my full performance with The USCG Band.
 
Bride of the Waves: Opening section plus full USCG Band recording (01/01/2021)
I'll show you how I approach the beginning section of the fine Clarke solo and then you hear my entire performance with The United States Coast Guard Band.
 
Come to the Fair, Solo Demo Plus Full Recording (12/31/2020)
A nice, light & lively theme from Easthope Martin, which I arranged for euphonium solo.
 
Tips to fight dry mouth! (12/29/2020)
Almost all brass players experience dry mouth at times, especially when nervous or while taking certain medications. But a dry mouth can make playing very difficult or even impossible.
 
Alternate Fingerings Can Be Your Friend! (12/27/2020)
Here is a short demo of how alternate fingerings can help smooth out a twisty passage in my arrangement of the Arpeggione Sonata.
 
Bist Du Bei Mir - Practice Plus Coast Guard Tuba Quartet Performance (12/24/2020)
This is my arrangement of Bach's "Bist Du Bei Mir" and is one of the first tuba quartet arrangements I ever did. I'll play the main melody for you and then you can hear our euphonium-tuba quartet play it.
 
Trombone COVID Bell Cover (12/23/2020)
Continuing my tests of safety gear for brass, here is a short review/demo of the MoistureGuard bell cover.
 
Handel Air & Variations (12/17/2020)
A great arrangement by Bernard Fitzgerald. Here is a recording where we used it as a church prelude last Christmas.
 
Grand Russian Fantasia by Jules Levy (12/14/2020)
A bit of practice on the verse. The link here is to my performance as a guest artist with The U.S. Army Band of the full theme/variations solo plus a special cadenza!
 
An English Folk Christmas for Euphonium-Tuba Quartet (12/07/2020)
This is from a live concert by the U.S.C.G. Band. Arrangement is by Gary Buttery, available here: English Folk Christmas Download
 
Arban Slurred Scales - 184 Notes in One Breath (12/03/2020)
A very tough test of your smoothness of technique and breath control!
 
Sousa's "Across the Danube" & Sight Reading Tip (11/30/2020)
One of Sousa's earlier marches. I'll demonstrate some of the march and also discuss sight reading in general and a little sight-reading trap he sneaks into the trio. (I hope this offers you good advice before you go into an audition!)
 
Cleaning and Oiling Piston Valves (11/16/2020)
A thorough discussion of regular maintenance of bottom-spring piston valves! Top and bottom chamfer, valve guide and channel, vent holes, etc. plus a discussion of noisy valves.
 
Brass Players Mask for COVID-19 Protection. (11/14/2020)
Testing the Cronkhite/Torpedo Bags mask for brass players. It has a zipper down the middle for mouthpiece access, and to let you close it securely when you are just talking to folks.
 
Serenade from the Student Prince for Euphonium or Baritone Horn and Piano (11/09/2020)
Serenade was a favorite euphonium solo of the famous soloist Harold Brasch. I've loved it since I heard Harold play it while I was in high school and finally made a video. This is my own arrangement, used here with permission of my publisher, Cimarron Music Press. David Werden, euphonium and Sara Brunk, piano
 
Brian Israel Dance Suite - Unaccompanied Euphonium Solo (11/06/2020)
From a live recital in 1980, here is a rare recording of Israel's "Dance Suite." It was my first full recital after I left college and I wanted a 20th-century piece by an American composer.
 
George Washington Bicentennial March - Euphonium Excerpts (11/05/2020)
From my excerpt book, here is an enjoyable march from John Philip Sousa. A bit of facile tonguing is required!
 
Euphonium Sighting on "Our Miss Brooks" (11/03/2020)
An extensive on-screen role for this instrument, which is actually a German tenorhorn/baritone. The episode was about auditioning for the faculty band.
 
Euphonium and Piano: "Guilty" (11/02/2020)
A nice song that was was sung by several big name entertainers, "Guilty" works nicely with the mellow sound of the euphonium.
 
Quick Breathing Tip (11/01/2020)
Using a march as an example, here is a tip for getting a good quality breath when there is no obvious place to do so!
 
Pineapple Poll Excerpts and Band Recording. (10/27/2020)
Here are the excerpts found in my euphonium excerpt book for Pineapple Poll. Following my demonstration, there is a recording of the Coast Guard Band playing the whole movement.
 
Deck the Halls for Trombone Ensemble (10/25/2020)
From the "Christmas Trombones" CD by Tennessee Tech. I wrote it for 2 euphs and 2 tubas, but it sounds very nice with this large ensemble.
 
Silent Night for Trombone Ensemble (10/24/2020)
From the "Christmas Trombones" CD by Tennessee Tech. I wrote it for 2 euphs and 2 tubas, but it sounds very nice with this large ensemble.
 
Tchaikovsky Symphony #4 Finale - Euphonium Excerpts (10/22/2020)
This is from the book "Euphonium Excerpts from the Standard Band and Orchestra Library."
 
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring for Euphoniums and Tubas (10/21/2020)
From the "Christmas Tubas" CD by Tennessee Tech. I wrote it for 2 euphs and 2 tubas, but it sounds very nice with this large ensemble.
 
Concert Etude on Baritone Horn (10/20/2020)
From my masters recital at University of Connecticut. The piece is bright and flashy and is well suited for a baritone horn.
 
Christmas Duet Melody (10/17/2020)
NEW! My new arrangement has just been published, in plenty of time to get it for use at Christmas! A medley of 4 popular carols. Fairly easy to play and even easier to rehearse.
 
Rose Etude No. 2 (10/16/2020)
One of the slow, musical etudes from my book of Rose Etudes. This etude is great for working on expression!
 
Barnum & Bailey's Favorite march. (10/07/2020)
Playing from my excerpt book, I demonstrate the excerpts and offer some advice/demos on the various tempos that you might need to be ready for.
 
Karl King's Attorney General March (10/06/2020)
Here is a demonstration of King's great, and interesting, march. I give tips, and there is a link in the YouTube description to download the euphonium part (free).
 
Comparison of the metal Bach 5G with the Lexan Kelly 5G mouthpieces. (10/05/2020)
Kelly makes some well-respected mouthpieces in Lexan, which is light and very comfortable in cold temperatures. But do they affect the sound? Listen to this A/B test and see!
 
Suite Francaise by Milhaud. (10/04/2020)
Some playful (and a little difficult) lines from the excerpt book, thanks to Darius Milhaud's original band work.
 
Schoenberg Theme & Variations excerpts (10/03/2020)
My excerpt book contains a landmark piece written for wind band by a serious composer. AND it is a chance to flutter tongue!
 
Barnum & Bailey's Favorite (10/01/2020)
The speedy euphonium part (excerpts) from one of the most famous circus marches of all time.
 
Holst 2nd Suite Excerpts (09/30/2020)
From my excerpt book, I demonstrate the great passages we have in this original wind band work. Then I include a recording of the USCG Band (with me on the solos).
 
Mastering Rhythm and Tempo Control (09/27/2020)
A wonderfully-challenging exercise from the famous Arban method. It is also good arpeggio practice!
 
Etude 4b from Rose Etudes for Euphonium (09/22/2020)
From my book of Rose Etudes, this one is an adagio that will test your expressive abilities.
 
Darius Milhaud: Suite Francaise euphonium excerpt (09/21/2020)
Demonstrating from my excerpt book. This is a rather tricky part when played up to tempo!
 
Karl King: Attorney General March (09/20/2020)
Tips on practicing, plus a demonstration. Link to free sheet music for the euphonium part.
 
Euphonium Duet - Energico (09/19/2020)
Peter Graham wrote this jaunty duet for any 2 brass. There is a link in the YouTube description to download the music for free.
 
Euphonium Solo - Holy Holy Holy (09/18/2020)
Philip Sparke's great arrangement of the hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy" as a church prelude for an outdoor service.
 
Clarke Articulation Study (09/17/2020)
Here is an excellent, to-the-point exercise to secure and improve your articulation.
 
I've Got a Crush on You (09/15/2020)
This Gershwin song has been performed by many singers as a torch song (even though it was written as a silly song). Sara Brunk and I stay with the slow, "torch song" style.
 
Schoenberg Theme & Variations (Excerpt) (09/13/2020)
From my excerpt book, here is a landmark band composition by a 20th-century composer. Interesting fact: it's one of the only pieces I can think of for concert band where euphoniums need to flutter tongue!
 
Sousa's Fairest of the Fair for Euphonium and Piano (09/05/2020)
This is a new concept for me, offering a march in solo/piano format. It provides a great way to practice marches and gain experience in the style, as well as offering a nice variety for recital programs.
 
Celebration Overture Euphonium Excerpt (09/04/2020)
Nice solo in this Paul Creston piece. I demonstrate and then include clips from a Coast Guard Band concert where I was playing the solo.
 
Host 1st Suite - Demonstration and Band Recording (09/03/2020)
I demonstrate some of the passages (using my Excerpt Book) and then include snippets from Coast Guard Band recordings, use a baritone horn. where I play a baritone horn, and Holst specified.
 
Heavyweight Caps for Euphonium 4th Valve (09/01/2020)
Do these heavy caps make a difference? Listen to these comparisons and see what you think!
 
Excerpts from Suite of Old American Dances (08/31/2020)
Robert Russell Bennett's "Suite of Old American Dances" has some wonderful euphonium opportunities, which I demonstrate. I'm playing from the euphonium excerpt book I helped create.
 
How to Practice Jewell's "Circusdom" march (08/30/2020)
My details and demonstration on how to practice this great march. There is a link to download the sheet music (free) in the YouTube description.
 
Lincolnshire Posy Excerpts (08/29/2020)
A demonstration on baritone horn, as specified in the score. After my demo, there is an in-context recording where I am playing baritone with the Coast Guard Band.
 
Praise My Soul - Euphonium In Church (08/24/2020)
One of the nice Philip Sparke special arrangement for church settings.
 
Mark Jenkins, Danny Boy (08/22/2020)
For an encore to Endearing Young Charms, Mark offers another Irish piece: Danny Boy.
 
Adagio from Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata - Euphonium Quartet (08/21/2020)
I wrote this arrangement for euphonium-tuba quartet, but here I'm playing all parts on euphonium. There should be more rubato, but with my multi-track recorder that would not have been possible. Very pretty piece for the low, conical instruments!
 
Mark Jenkins, Endearing Young Charms (08/15/2020)
With the U.S. Marine Band, Mark Jenkins does a brilliant job on this traditional euphonium solo!
 
Belle of Chicago - Practice Tips (08/14/2020)
Sousa's fine "Belle of Chicago" march has some interesting features. I'll tell you about them and demonstrate! Free sheet music download available.
 
Brian Bowman, Original Fantasy (08/09/2020)
From 45 years ago, with the U.S. Bicentennial Band. Brian Bowman was the featured soloist (on his Besson at that time).
 
Instant Concert (08/08/2020)
A piece we often used as an encore in the Coast Guard Band. A great arrangement that contains about 130 songs if I remember correctly!
 
Liebesfreud - Euphonium Duet (08/06/2020)
My arrangement of Fritz Kreisler's lovely "Liebesfreud" ("Love's Joy"), with Tim Morris and Sara Brunk
 
Euphonium Lap Pad (08/05/2020)
One of my most valuable accessories, it helps me maintain correct posture and reduces strain on my left arm/wrist.
 
Excerpt: Andrea Chenier (08/04/2020)
A lovely Italian overture with some very nice parts for the euphonium!
 
Euphonium Mouthpiece: Wick 4AL vs Wick 3AL (08/03/2020)
Two mouthpieces of identical design concept. My own 4AL compared to the 3AL with its larger cup.
 
Schubert's An Die Musik (08/02/2020)
A lovely song by Schubert. It's very simple, but leaves room for your own musicality to come out!
 
Euphonium Mouthpiece: Wick 4AL vs Schilke 51D (07/31/2020)
Comparing 2 very popular professional-level mouthpieces using 3 short excerpts. The 2 mouthpieces are presented back-to-back in each excerpt to make comparison easier.
 
Euphonium Excerpts: Dahl Sinfonietta (07/30/2020)
I play the excerpts (from my excerpt book) for the Sinfonietta, plus there is a recording of my playing with a band so you can hear the context.
 
Circus Bee March - Practice Tips (07/29/2020)
Here is some advice on preparing this exciting march properly. There is a link in the YouTube description to download (free) the TC or BC music!
 
Excerpt: Universal Judgement (07/27/2020)
From my excerpt book, here is a tough warhorse by DeNardis called "Universal Judgement".
 
Low Range Work with a Rose Etude (07/26/2020)
I found one of the etudes in my Rose Etudes book to be very useful for working in the low register!
 
Charlier No. 2 (and Alternate Fingering Demo) (07/24/2020)
The lovely Etude 2 from Charlier's trumpet book is a favorite of mine. I'll play some of it and demonstrate the alternate fingering suggested by the publisher for a trill.
 
3-Valve Compensating Baritone Demo (07/23/2020)
Here is my own baritone horn with 3-valve compensating, with a quick overview of its intonation advantage.
 
Hailstorm (07/18/2020)
From a live recital, presented on social media in 5 parts. The link here talks you to the full (live) performance at the University of Iowa.
 
Bach Toccata and Fugue - Excerpt (07/17/2020)
Practicing from my excerpt book. This little excerpt got me 1st chair in All State band in high school! The link here is to the Excerpt Book playlist (I'm slowly building it)
 
Practicing the "Arpeggione Sonata" by Schubert (07/16/2020)
The favorite piece I've ever arranged, a beautiful masterwork by Schubert. The link here is to the full movement with piano.
 
Wooden Heart (Muss i Denn) (07/15/2020)
The German folk song that was turned into a pop song for Elvis Presley. Euphonium quartet, playing from my euphonium-tuba quartet arrangement.
 
Wick 4AL vs Bach 5G Euphonium Mouthpieces (07/14/2020)
Another quick mouthpiece test. The 4AL is my standard mouthpiece, and the 5G is a popular "step-up" mouthpiece that is easier for young players to manage.
 
Goodbye to Love - Carpenters Song on Euphonium (07/13/2020)
This simple song by The Carpenters is depectively difficult to play with the correct style. I thought it would make a nice challenge.
 
How to Save Time in Practice: The "Half-Tempo" Practice Method (07/12/2020)
This tip is a combination of tips I learned from the famous clarinet teacher Leon Russianoff and trumpet star Doc Severinsen.
 
Euphonium Compensating System Explained Using a Trombone! (07/11/2020)
Because a trombone is such a "visual" instrument, it can easily demonstrate why the compensating is necessary.
 
Comfy Euphonium Strap (07/10/2020)
A brililant little strap that makes holding euphonium much easier and more secure.
 
Alone Yet Not Alone (07/09/2020)
From the movie of the same name, music by Bruce Broughton. (The video aspect ratio is off - sorry about that). In the beginning, notice the subtle change in sound I get by aiming the bell differently after the first phrase.
 
Charlier Etude No. 2 - Samples and Alternate Fingering (07/08/2020)
This is my favorite of the Charlier etudes, geared for working on style. I play some for a demo, but also discuss the technical tip Charlier offers at the end of the etude.
 
Alternate Fingerings - Demonstration (07/07/2020)
This is a demonstration of the way alternate fingerings can help you.
 
Come to the Fair (07/06/2020)
Here is the full video with Sara Brunk on piano. This is a fun song!
 
Coast Guard Band, Today Show, July 3, 1992 - All Clips (07/01/2020)
From Governor's Island (at that time it was a Coast Guard base) in New York Harbor.
 
Chiapanecas (06/28/2020)
As part of a joint concert with Oystein Baadsvik, I played this Rafael Mendez solo. It's one of my favorites. Tempo is a bit slow here because of lack of rehearsal time, but the song still works.
 
All-Star Trumpet Quartet (06/27/2020)
From the old Steve Allen show, 3 famous trumpet players joined by pianist Steve Allen, who is playing trumpet. Good fun!
 
Arban #50 for Phrasing and Practice (06/26/2020)
Here I offer detailed advice on an aspect of phrasing, plus discussion of why you want to practice in multiple octaves.
 
Baritone/Euphonium Duet (06/25/2020)
Croft Sonata II from my old Voxman duet book. This helps demonstrate the different in tone between a British-style baritone horn and a euphonium.
 
They Didn't Believe Me - 5 Euphoniums (06/23/2020)
Lovely song by Jerome Kern. This arrangement uses close harmony, and benefits from the smooth tone of euphoniums.
 
Garry Owen March - How to Practice It (06/22/2020)
This popular Irish march is used often around St. Patrick's Day at at other times. It is a bit difficult to play in some ways. These tips should help you.
 
Till There Was You (06/20/2020)
This is from the musical "The Music Man," and is a pretty song when sung or when played on euphonium. In the show it was sung by both a man and woman, so it is not inconsistent to hear it on a low-brass instrument.
 
Mephisto Masque (06/15/2020)
The black American-born composer Edmond Dédé wrote this in the mid-1800's, and I created the first modern version for euphonium and piano.
 
Schumann Romance No. 2 (06/12/2020)
A very pretty song, but with plenty of challenges! Large intervals and high range for starters.
 
Send in the Clowns (06/11/2020)
Nice Sondheim song with a jazz combo (recorded) accompanying me.
 
Is a Crescendo Always a Crescendo? (06/10/2020)
Marches in particular often have written crescendo/descrendo marks, but they are not always dynamic markings!
 
When I Look in Your Eyes (06/09/2020)
A sample of the lovely song from the old Dr. Doolittle movie. It's very relaxing to listen to - a good thing right now!
 
Building Strength and High Range - The Right Way (06/08/2020)
Part of my 11-minute video on building strength and high range!
 
Sunday Kind of Love (06/07/2020)
A demo of a pretty melody. I have a full video with piano if you go to my social links page at dwerden.com/social
 
Playing Ornaments: Arban #49 (06/05/2020)
A discussion of how to handle the ornaments in this Arban song.
 
Reicha Quartet #2 (06/04/2020)
The 2nd movement of my 4-movement suite, played here with 4 euphoniums. It is a nice, flowing waltz.
 
Reicha Quartet #3 (06/03/2020)
Full video of this beautiful movement from my arrangement of 4 Reicha quartets. Be sure to hear the whole video!
 
How to Tune Your Horn (06/02/2020)
Full video of my discussion of tuning compensating and non-compensating 3-valve and 4-valve euphoniums and tubas
 
Ramsoe Quartet (euph/tuba), THIRD movement. (05/29/2020)
The U.S. Coast Guard quartet at the Armed Forces School of Music.
 
Ramsoe Quartet (euph/tuba), 1st movement. (05/27/2020)
The U.S. Coast Guard quartet at the Armed Forces School of Music.
 
I'm Flying (05/26/2020)
The full video consists of a suite of two songs from movies. The arrangements are independent, connected by my pianist Sara Brunk with a bass riff and accelerando. "Can You Read My Mind" is the so-called "flying sequence" from the 1978 movie Superman. It is followed by a bright song from the 1951 movie Peter Pan, "I'm Flying"
 
Stars & Stripes Forever (05/25/2020)
Atlantic Euphonium-Tuba Quartet (all from the Coast Guard Band) playing America's official march, the Stars and Stripes Forever. You'll hear me on the piccolo part in the last verse.
 
Holst: Song without Words (05/23/2020)
Part of my 2-song collection from Holst's 2nd Suite. Click here to get the sheet music.Click here to get the sheet music.
 
Alone Together (05/22/2020)
A pretty ballad (euphonium solo with recorded jazz combo) that has a good title for today's world.
 
Euphonium Solo, Tico Tico arr. by Oystein Baadvsik (05/18/2020)
Euphonium soloist David Werden and pianist Sara Brunk performing "Tico Tico."
 
Fantasy by Sparke - Excerpts (05/17/2020)
My performance at Midwest of Philip Sparke's Fantasy for Euphonium. With the Coast Guard Band's Brass section.
 
Handel - Air & Variations - Church Prelude (05/13/2020)
This is one of my favorite solos. It's just nice music and pleasant to hear and to play.
 
For the Mountains Shall Depart - Euphonium Solo by David Werden (05/12/2020)
This was an offering for our church service on Sept. 1, 2019. The simple, lovely piece is from Mendelssohn's "Elijah" and is my own arrangement.
 
Euphonium Solo: I Know Why (and So Do You) - with Piano (05/10/2020)
"I Know Why and So Do You" - which I first heard in the movie biography of Glenn Miller. It's a little bit of a challenge for typical euphonium style because it needs a combination of gentle swing and fairly straight ballad interpretation
 
How To Play the Arban Carnival of Venice page 1 (05/09/2020)
This video focuses on the 16th-note passage that comes right after the main theme (but the verse and theme are lightly discussed first).
 
Times Square (1944) from On the Town - USCG Band in England (05/08/2020)
In 1994 The United Coast Guard Band went to England to play in some 50th anniversary ceremonies of the D-Day invasion. We also performed in a formal concert in Poole, England. This piece is from that concert.
 
My One and Only Love - euphonium and recorded jazz combo (05/07/2020)
A beautiful love song, which is from a collection of ballads George Roberts sent me in the 1990's.
 
If I Only Had a Brain (euphonium and piano) (05/05/2020)
The song sung by the scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz". A fun little diversion for euphonium and piano.
 
How to Practice Anchors Aweigh March ( (05/04/2020)
This is a great march for euphoniums (even if we never get to play the main melody!). There is a link in the YouTube description where you can download the treble and bass clef parts to practice (free).
 
Aria-Duet (Bach/Werden) with Oystein Baadsvik (05/03/2020)
I wrote this for two euphoniums or two trumpets, but Oystein can easily handle a euphonium part!
 
"I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (04/30/2020)
The popular signature song for big-band trombonist Tommy Dorsey. Here I'm demonstrating a different side of euphonium playing, while trying to honor Dorsey's style.
 
The Warrior (04/29/2020)
This is a 1983 performance I did on a mini-recital tour. I had the honor of playing with Jim Curnow conducting the University of Illinois Brass Band. We did "The Warrior" by the great Philip Catelinet.
 
How to Use Vibrato for Better Phrasing (04/20/2020)
Here some tips and examples for using vibrato more effectively, so that it enhances the music and energizes your interpretation.
 
Mouthpiece Comparison: Wick 4AL vs. Bach 6-1/2AL (07/05/0020)
This is an easy way to hear the differences between 2 mouthpieces. The 2 mouthpieces are played back-to-back in 3 sets of excertps.
 




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