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1  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: 4 Trombones in an Orchestra on: Jun 22, 2017, 07:08AM
Hold a challenge session, move one to euphonium? or first come,first serve.  I wonder how the principal would react if the other three were better players than he.

There is so little orchestral literature that requires Euphonium that this is going to leave one of the players out most of the time.  I had suggested doubling the bass as the lead player prefered, but after reading the other responses that is probably not the best option.  There was a suggestion that the extra trombone play an uncovered part (liked second Bassoon) from another bass instrument.  This would probably be a good alternative.  Community groups like this do have to get creative with instrumentation from time to time, and ultimately who plays what part should be a joint decision between the Conductor and the section leader, although in this case it sounds like the section leader may not be the best person to make that decision.

2  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Tuba and bass trom are not interchangeable on: Jun 22, 2017, 07:00AM
This is just the reason that I play both Tuba and Bass Trombone (and tenor on rare occasion).  A Bass trombone is not a good substitute for a Tuba (or vice versa) in most circumstances.  That being said a Bass trombone playing a Tuba part is often better than dead air.  One of the bands I was in was often missing the Tuba so I picked up Tuba again after many years of not having played one, and now I'm playing as much Tuba (or more depending on the season) as I am Trombone and Euphonium.  If you're a Bass trombonist I would say consider picking up a used Tuba and learning it, it's a great double and you'll have the option of giving them a real Tuba sound if required. 
3  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Articulation on "New York, New York" on: Jun 12, 2017, 01:47PM
This is one of those well know signature tunes that everyone is going to expect you to sound like the recording.  Like most others have said Listen then emulate the recording!!
4  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Most efficient way to learn tenor and alto clef? on: Jun 12, 2017, 01:25PM
I've used the Fink book and it worked. One other thing I do to remember it (since I don't see tenor and alto clef that often) is a website that lets you practice identifying the notes like a game.  I do it when I'm mindlessly watching TV.  http://notationtraining.com/tenor-clef-practice
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Which instrument to buy? on: Jun 08, 2017, 07:35AM
There are a ton of options available and recommending a particular horn to you would be difficult.  It's hard to go wrong with an 88H or Bach 42, but if you can get to a large retailer like Dillon's and check out a variety of instruments to see what you prefer I would recommend you do so.  I would also recommend looking in the used market.  There are a lot of instruments available used in the $1,000.00 range.  If you have a good student horn available I would use that for marching band and jazz for now, and put off the 3B or similar purchase for later. 
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: US states and cities thumbing their collective noses at Trump on: Jun 03, 2017, 07:01AM
"It is a move that experts say could be illegal under the Constitution."

It will be interesting to see how this works out. I think that if they want to throw their money away on nonsense, then let them. However, the normal way things work, or should work, is that our government, run by duly elected members, are the ones who deal with international issues, and let the cities and states deal with the domestic issues. But that never stopped a liberal.  :D
As much as I'm disappointed that Trump pulled out of this deal, There may be some validity to the argument that States, Counties, and Cities going behind the president's back to the UN may be illegal.  If they merely decided to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to levels agreed upon in the agreement on their own that would be within their rights.  Banding together and submitting an agreement to the UN does border on illegality.  I very much dislike our newly elected President and his policies. His disregard for the environment, and the poor to line the pockets of corporations and shareholders is appalling to me.  As much as I dislike the president I do recognize that he was elected and we have to defer to his authority to do the job as outlined in the constitution.  State, County, and City governments are well within their right to set levels for pollution and emissions within their jurisdictions, but negotiating with foreign governments (ie; The UN) is beyond the limits of State's Rights.  As someone who disagrees with the President's policies I believe the best way for us as citizens to show our disagreement is coming up in the midterm elections.  We should put our efforts into electing Congressmen and Senators who agree with us, and who will stand up to Trump until we can vote him out of office as well. If you can believe the polls the majority of voters (including me) agree that we are having an effect on climate change world wide.  Let's now put party loyalty and party politics aside and vote to elect representatives who truly agree with us.
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Stolen Greg Black mouthpiece on: Jun 01, 2017, 06:47AM
I did a quick google search and it looks like you can't sue the Federal government in small claims court as others have said, since State and local governments have no authority over federal agencies.  I guess this is a good reason to not use the USPS in the future and stick with FEDEX or UPS, if I'm shipping anything of value I always ensure it for what it's worth and require a signature.  Hindsight is 20/20 and I hope that somehow you can retrieve your property at a reasonable cost to you. 
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Good MP for switching between bass and tenor on: Jun 01, 2017, 05:56AM
I don't really understand this question whenever it pops up. Why not use the bass mouthpiece you sound best with on bass, and your favorite tenor mouthpiece on tenor? Why compromise? Find what sounds and plays best on each, make sure you have a distinct sound concept in mind,  and your chops will adapt to whatever you put on your face.

Also, you might find that an extremely deep cupped but tenor-rimmed mouthpiece works great on bass for earlier or lighter rep that needs a lighter bass sound and doesn't go low.
I've found this is what works for me as well.   
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Stolen Greg Black mouthpiece on: Jun 01, 2017, 05:35AM
Yes this is definitely on the post office. You probably could take the USPS to small claims court. You may even be able to claim damages. That would be a civil suit and separate from the criminal case. The threshold for victory In a civil suit is much lower (reasonable doubt).

The USPS might not be criminally negligent but may lose a civil suit. It would depend on. What the investigation turns up. Not sure if the police would do it over an object only worth $200 even though the personal value is much higher after all.

Even if this person has proof of purchase it still may be possible for it to be seized. Ie. Pawnshops can't buy hot goods and claim they didn't know.

It depends on how it ended up in this person's hand. Nobody as far as I know is claiming that they stole it. But that doesn't mean that the USPS handled the situation legally.

Related: https://www.quora.com/How-do-pawnbrokers-verify-that-the-item-pawned-is-not-stolen

I like Matt's solution.  Since the Postal Service lost and then sold the item at auction they are the party who is at fault here.  I would buy the piece back and then take the postal service to small claims court for whatever it cost you to retrieve your property.  You'll have plenty of proof to win a civil suite. 
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Starting my instrument collection on: May 31, 2017, 06:35AM
quality over quantity
I agree!! A few good players is better than a house full of less spectacular examples.  I'm more interested in playing my horns than in amassing a collection.  Each horn I own has a separate purpose I avoid duplicating similar horns.  I understand the appeal of collecting, but just don't have the space of desire to amass a huge collection myself.
11  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Volume vs phrasing on: May 23, 2017, 08:16AM
It's impossible for a brass player to play long phrases without break at FFF or FF.  Composers should be aware of this but aren't always.  Use the phrase markings as a guideline, and figure out where you can get breaths that least disrupt the phrase.  Do your best to honor the intent of the Composer and follow the directions of the conductor, but if you have to breath you have to break the phrase.  Sometimes you'll need to make compromises between volume and phrasing, there is no way to conserve air and play louder.  If your breathing properly, and making the best use of the lung capacity that God gave you then you have to decide what is more important being true the the phrase markings, or the Volume markings.
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Trombone advice needed on: May 17, 2017, 05:43AM
Keep the Conn. As for the mouthpiece, try looking for a Conn #3. The other option might be a used Bach 6 1/2al. Just because you see a military parade band marching large bore tenors (with axials), or double valve basses (with axials),doesn't mean it's a good idea. We have sousaphones for that.

There is also a big difference between marching in a parade band, and doing a field show with color guard and rifles also.  In my drum corp days I had more than one flag person hit my horn, on the bugle it didn't do major damage, on a trombone slide it would have really messed it up.  What are his band directors suggestions regarding a marching instrument for him?  Are they suggesting he use a Bass?  Personally I would look for a used not pretty but functional large bore tenor for marching and use my bass mouthpiece in it. 
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Question for players using a Remington shank mouthpiece on: May 15, 2017, 05:44AM
I would like to get a Bach 3G or 4G size mouthpiece in a Remington Taper. 
14  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Starting at 26 and would make a living of it in the future, realistic or not? on: May 10, 2017, 05:32PM
Being a professional musician anywhere isn't easy anymore, but I don't think at your age it's a big factor as long as you can devote the time to get the proficiency, and the credentials.  I've got a couple of friends here in the states with degrees in music who make most of their living teaching private, and class lessons, as well as an occasional paying gig.  It's possible to make a very modest living this way but it is a lot of work.
15  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: deduct hearing aids on taxes on: May 10, 2017, 05:24PM
According to Turbo tax the answer is no, these are considered Personal exspenses and not business, they are a valid medical deduction!!
16  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Gig availability etiquette on: May 10, 2017, 05:05PM
I don't usually get called to sub, unless a gig is going to happen and they need me to play for it.  If a band I'm a regularly player in asks me to hold a date then that's different my first allegiance is to the band I am a part of.  Asking if I might be available to sub on a particular date, is not in my mind a commitment to play, and my availability is subject to change.  If I did accept a gig that conflicted with that date I would call or notify the person who asked me about my availability that I was no longer available.  A sure gig is better than a maybe anyday, once I do commit to take a gig though I won't flake for a better offer.   
17  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Maybe Take up the Euphonium or Baritone Horn? on: May 05, 2017, 02:52PM
Playing Euphonium or Baritone unless using a stand is going to require some support from the left hand even if you use a strap you have to hold the horn so the leadpipe is in the correct position for mouthpiece angle etc.  An Ergobone or other support for your trombone would give you similar results.  Euphonium or Baritone is a great double for a trombonist but don't expect it to totally eliminate any left hand pressure unless you use a stand to totally support the weight of the horn.
18  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: How to break the news to a sub on: May 03, 2017, 03:35PM
If your primary can't commit to the job, give it to the sub.  Stringing a sub along and asking them to practice for a maybe gig isn't fair to him.  You'll have a better chance of getting him to agree to sub in the future. If I were asked to learn music as a sub for a group and I put in the practice time and then you cancelled on me I wouldn't agree to play for you again.   
19  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Trombone as a hobby- Finding ways to play after college on: May 01, 2017, 01:36PM
There are plenty of opportunities to play here in our area, lots of community groups, concert bands, fire department sponsored marching bands, big bands.  There all fun and don't require improve chops to play in.  I play Bass bone in a couple different big bands, and don't get called upon to improve, your pretty safe on 3rd as well.  As long as one person in the section can do the improve solos big band will work for a non-improvising player.  I also have a great time playing Tuba in the towns concert band, you can also pick up an occasional pit orchestra gig (some pay some don't).  Lots of opportunities if you look hard enough.
20  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Becoming a more powerful player (and Lead trombonist) on: Apr 30, 2017, 09:12PM
When listening to recordings of your group, when the entire ensemble is playing you will have problems picking out the middle voices, that doesn't mean you are underplaying or not contributing to the sound the middle voices get sucked into and blend with the ensemble.  How are the sections soli and your solo lines come through in the recordings?  Many younger inexperienced bass trombonists have a tendency to overplay and blast he may be playing too loud rather than you aren't playing loud enough, if he's playing so loud he is covering up the lead voice he's at fault.  Is the director happy with the volume you are producing?  If he's not asking you to play out more he probably is.  If in doubt ask the director if he's happy with the balance.  First step is to confirm whether or not you perception that you aren't playing loud enough is correct or not. 
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