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1  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Jazz Band Concert! Feedback wanted. on: May 21, 2007, 10:56PM
Hey everybody! I am one of those lurking people on this board, I only get on half a dozen times a year. However, I wanted to share my Jazz band concert, which I managed to record this year and I would also like some feedback. Anything that anyone who has the time to listen would like to say would be appreciated, whether positive or negative. (Feel free to be harsh, but in a nice way.) I would like to hear any comments that someone might have on the band's playing together, i.e. the concert overall, but also individual solos. Is there anything that I am obviously doing completely wrong? I am homeschooled, so this is a homeschool jazz band. This means the ages are not uniform, but I think that everyone in the band is 14-18 years old, certainly no older, but possibly younger. Our jazz program only started two or three years ago and we had to change teachers. I have a lot of thoughts on our playing, but I will not say much until I get a little feedback.

Our Band has Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drumset (I think the other drummer sometimes does tambourine or something, they switch off). Then for the winds we have three trumpets, two 'bones, three altos, a Bari, a clarinet, a flute, our director sits in on tenor, and our other piano player conducts from behind his Rhodes electric piano (Very Nice).

We started with "Pick Up The Pieces" (by Average White Band, arr. Taylor) The first minute or so is just the rhythm section vamping while everyone else gets set up. We were trying to have the rhythm section play until everyone starts to wonder where we are and then BAM!! Solos are: Jeremy on Trombone, Caleb on Bari Sax, and Brian on Alto Sax, followed by all three improvising simultaneously.

www.access1inc.com/Bradfiles/Spring Concert/Pick_Up_The_Pieces.mp3

Next is our rock ballad thingy “Never My Love.”  This is also a trombone section feature, which means me and my fourteen year old second. I have played this song perfectly before, but sadly I let down the trombone world by playing poorly. Solos are Jeremy with the opening melody statement, and then I also do the first improv solo (I mostly read the written one on this song, but all my other solos are straight improv) and then Brian on Alto Sax.

www.access1inc.com/Bradfiles/Spring Concert/Never_My_Love.mp3

“Cruisin’ For A Bluesin.’” Listed on our program as “In Memoriam for Maynard Ferguson.” I think it might have been better if we had died and he played the memoriam. Just kidding, we actually played decently, but it still could have been a lot better. Check out the cheers, the audience loves it, which is encouraging. As long as they like it we have reason to keep playing. Solos are Rachel(My sis, 15yo, who played lead on a Maynard tune :-0 practice sessions were bad) on Trumpet followed by Jeremy on Trombone then they improvise together trying to stimulate a “musical argument.” Then Brian on alto Sax, Chris (teacher) on Tenor Sax, Caleb on Bari Sax, Noah on Alto Sax, then all those saxes plus Della on Alto Sax, and Kathryn (My silent sis) on Clarinet. Drum fill by Nathaniel . Sax soli by all six mentioned above. Extended Drum solo by Nathaniel .

www.access1inc.com/Bradfiles/Spring Concert/Cruisin’_For_A_Blueisin’.mp3

By the way, we had just finished our Concert band concert, on which I played tuba, and I had already played at least 4-5 hours switching that day. If anyone is interested in hearing our concert band, let me know.

Geek Notes:
   This is my first time recording anything using good quality equipment. I used two Pro44 Microphones from Audio-Technica, these are cardoid style mic’s. I placed these on the floor, center stage, at the edge of the stage, about 4-6 feet apart from each other facing slightly inwards. They were plugged into a Peavey P-6 six channel mixer and then I had two mono (creating stereo) quarter-inch jacks going from the output on the mixer through an adapter cable which changed to a single stereo 3.55 mm jack, which went to a stereo input box plugged into a USB port on my laptop and was recorded into Audacity. Audacity is a free recording software available on the internet. (www.audacity.sourceforge.net) I am very pleased with the quality of this recording. I also had the tape output on the mixer go directly to a cassette tape deck so that I had a back-up copy, but that has more static.

Any questions, comments, or anything else you can think of will be appreciated,
2  Practice Break / Cool Web Sites / Funny Voiceover Video!! on: Aug 06, 2005, 10:20AM
My Mom was cleaning out her favorites and found this amusing clip:


3  Practice Break / Polls / Tubas on: Apr 26, 2005, 11:31AM
Ooops! Read the title, not the question. Yeah, RIGHT.  I voted for Over-the-shoulder. I thought the question was which kind was preferred. I am not in a marching band, but my concert band uses a concert tuba. Sorry for the irrelevancy.
4  Practice Break / Polls / Which Came First? on: Dec 15, 2003, 06:52PM
Originally posted by BFW:
Given that there were egg-laying creatures (dinosaurs, for example) long before there were chickens, obviously the egg came first.  If the question is supposed to refer to a chicken egg, then the real issue is whether a chicken egg is defined as an egg laid by a chicken or an egg from which a chicken could hatch.

Ahhh, but Chickens and Dinosaurs were created at the same time!
5  Practice Break / Polls / Are you 'normal'? on: Nov 23, 2003, 03:36PM
Originally posted by ScottieVan:
I'm the one that's normal...everyone else in the world isn't    

6  Practice Break / Polls / Are you 'normal'? on: Nov 23, 2003, 03:35PM
I voted abnormal. I am not considered normal by society, be cause I am homeschooled, have 8 sisters, I am a teenager and don't have a bad attitude, I am a christian, I tithe, I don't go to church regularly, I play with small children happily, hmm, I think that's all I can think of at the moment.
7  Practice Break / Polls / What is your favorite elementary band method? on: Oct 10, 2003, 02:58PM
Originally posted by RedHotMama:

Where's the Poll, Daniel?

8  Practice Break / Food and Drink / Vanilla cola on: Sep 22, 2003, 06:32PM
Originally posted by BFW:
Originally posted by Joe Guarr:
Back in the day, this stuff didn't come into bottles. Restauraunts would put flavored syrup into the drink when you ordered a flavor.

Still do if you go to the right restaurants.
I had Vanilla Coke at a Dairy Queen, (as described above) Several years before It was thought up and marketed.
9  Practice Break / Polls / What is your primary instrument? on: Oct 04, 2003, 01:12PM
There is a big difference between Tuba and Baritone.
But that's ok, I understand the need to keep the poll short
10  Practice Break / Polls / favorite day of the week on: Sep 26, 2003, 05:44AM
I chose Friday, because I have band!    This is great, we are all choosing the days we play our intstruments!!  
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / stuck tuning slide and WD-40 on: Nov 23, 2003, 03:57PM
My band director thought it was 10D-30    , and told a trumpet player to try using to free the tuning slide on his horn.
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Bucket Mute? on: Jan 18, 2004, 07:43AM
Thank you for helping me, Mr. Seifried.

   I actually already purchased a H-and-B Velvetone mute. It probably won't be a problem getting it on\off in time because it starts out with an eight measure piano solo, before I have to come in, and I have a three measure rest during which I can remove it. The only problem I might have is that I may perform this standing up, in which case I would have to get it on the floor.

Again Thank you very much,
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Bucket Mute? on: Jan 17, 2004, 03:51PM
In Jazz Band, we are playing "The Shadow Of Your Smile". At the place where the Trombones(actually Trombone and    Baritone)come in it says "Bucket Mute". First question: What is a bucket mute? Second Question: Where is the best place to buy one.

This is a Velvet-tone mute:
Will this work for the song?

This is listed as a "Bucket Mute":
Or do I need something like this?

The only difference I can see between those two mutes is that the Jo-ral has a straight-mute-like section that goes into the bell and the H-and-B just clips on to the bell. They both have a gauze-like Cloth inside, I believe, So will either one of these work or do I need somthing different altogether?

Any Help Appreciated,
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / How long do you leave Trombotine on your horn before another on: May 18, 2003, 05:25PM
Usually between a week and a fortnight.

When I first started the Trombone I had been playing Euphonium about a year and I had a bottle of "valve oil" and a bottle of "tuning slide and cork grease". Well I looked at the label and thought : Trombones have slides, this says slide grease, it will work fine!    
15  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Clef Questions on: Oct 18, 2003, 06:11PM
Ok, I am not not sure if this is the right section, so feel free to move this topic if need be.

Until Recently, I have only known of Treble and Bass Clefs. Reading a recent thread on this forum (which I can't find anymore for some reason), I heard there exists not only Treble and Bass, but, Baritone, Tenor, Alto, Mezzo-Soprano, and Soprano.

 Does this look right?  

If that was right, then  Middle C  would be as indicated in the link?

Now, what are the origins of these clefs? What use were they? Is there any practical use whatsoever today? Or is it just a cool thing for musicians to learn and scare laymen with?

Another thing, I've heard of absolute notations for different octaves of notes(eg. C4, C5). What do these notations mean? In other words, could you please explain where they where would they be on Bass clef or the Piano?

I think that's all. Thanks in advance for any responses.

Jeremy R.

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16  Practice Break / Cool Web Sites / This is so funny!!! on: Dec 22, 2003, 02:27PM
By Far!!
17  Practice Break / Cool Web Sites / This is so funny!!! on: Dec 22, 2003, 12:56PM
Classical Masterpieces

This is a Windows Media Player Video file. The Performer speaks french, but you can pick up on all the important stuff that he says.

18  Practice Break / Cool Web Sites / HI Yall im new on: May 31, 2003, 04:31PM
Don't worry about being different. I have 8 sisters. I am the only boy. Most people friek out when they hear that, but it does not matter if you are a boy or girl.

At our band(Between 70 and 100 people)5 girls play Brass and Percussion(two are my sisters    ), the rest are woodwinds. If you can play as well as the male members of your section, then you have nothing to worry about
19  Practice Break / Cool Web Sites / This is for people who don't like cats. on: Mar 31, 2003, 05:49PM
Originally posted by RedHotMama:
Hey Jeremy,

Sorry, I didn't mean to get at you! <snip>

Quite all right! No offense taken.
20  Practice Break / Cool Web Sites / This is for people who don't like cats. on: Mar 31, 2003, 04:34PM
I think that if you are going to eat animals you need to kill them quickly without pain. I don't (to my knowledge) eat cats, nor do I endorse doing so (I don't condemn it either).

People with different experiences(like RHM) have different reactions. I apologize if it offended anyone else. I intended it as a laugh.
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