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« on: Nov 01, 2014, 09:17AM »

Wondering if..................

There are not many; and if found not very useful, brass quintet forums. I have found that many of the brass quintets I have seen are run by trombonists. Seems trombonist are not just clowns in the back of the band but the real doers of getting music done. Probably why this is such a great forum.

Wondering if we could have a section started on brass quintets and the music of brass quintets?

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« Reply #1 on: Nov 01, 2014, 05:14PM »

I run one quintet.  Am a member of another that is run democratically.  One thing that would be useful to discuss is repertoire.  I buy a lot of music and get an occasional dog. 
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 01, 2014, 05:57PM »

The one I play in is run by a trumpet player, a retired band director.  He is the only current or former music professional in the group.  We are odd in that we have no French horn.  When it formed out of the local community band they couldn't get a French horn so the leader transcribed the horn parts into bass clef.  Sometimes it's a challenge to play the horn part on trombone considering the range and that they have four valves instead of a slide, especially on the harder stuff.
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 01, 2014, 08:33PM »

We are odd in that we have no French horn.

The poor horn's the gooseberry in the quintet anyway.  Honestly, I'd rather have an E-flat alto/tenor horn or another trombone.  Mind you, I'd rather cornets than trumpets too.
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 01, 2014, 10:28PM »

Eastcheap, I used to live in Tyler and in DFW.  Wasn't an area I would consider a hotbed of chamber music when I was there  :D
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 02, 2014, 01:53AM »

If people want a go-to for quintet, I can move this to 'other musicians and ensembles' and sticky it so it stays at the top..... yes ??

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« Reply #6 on: Nov 02, 2014, 05:27AM »

Better, I can create another board.  Probably something to be taken up by the Mod Squad (Moderators).
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 02, 2014, 08:33AM »


That would be fantastic!

Our Quintet has a few things we do that make it work well.
I have the music set up in big band fashion. Each piece is numbered and each player has a full book. That way everyone can help pick what we play. The group does not seem to help pick the music I buy. A few have but that is something I never get much help at. Wish I had more help. I board on this forum would help.
I try to have two and wish for three on a part. So while we play quintet music we have more strength. With two or three on a part we have security if someone is out ill or while we are playing we avoid a lot of train wrecks.
Our group is based out of a Methodist Church. We have members from other churches. We also go and play at the church of our group’s members. This is a lot of fun for a player to bring our group to their church.
Our group has gotten pretty good using this formula. I would love to have a place to share what we have learned and find help at. A good board could also be a place to find new players for a group. As there are not any notable forums for quintets we would probably get some positive traffic.
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 02, 2014, 09:00AM »

Maybe add a Chamber Music board to the Creation and Performance section?
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 02, 2014, 10:07AM »

Maybe add a Chamber Music board to the Creation and Performance section?

That would be awesome, great idea.
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 02, 2014, 11:53AM »

Maybe add a Chamber Music board to the Creation and Performance section?

Yes, thanks! Very good idea.
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 02, 2014, 12:09PM »

Maybe add a Chamber Music board to the Creation and Performance section?

Great idea!
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 02, 2014, 01:15PM »

I'm not so sure about adding a board for a particular type of music. After all, I'd quite like a jazz board. And a baroque/medieval/Renaissance board. There are just too many types of music. However, a sticky topic sounds like a good idea.
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 03, 2014, 12:38AM »

I used to live in Tyler and in DFW.  Wasn't an area I would consider a hotbed of chamber music when I was there  :D

There are a lot of musical things going on in North Texas that a majority neither knows nor cares about.  Especially with winds.

I suppose, eventually, the Dallas City Council will get around to murdering WRR and it'll all go completely underground.
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 03, 2014, 01:44AM »

And here I though that in Texas there were only two kinds of music: Country and Gospel :-P :-P Evil Evil
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« Reply #15 on: Nov 03, 2014, 09:21AM »

Perhaps when you were a young lad  :/
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« Reply #16 on: Nov 03, 2014, 09:57AM »

And here I though that in Texas there were only two kinds of music: Country and Gospel :-P :-P Evil Evil

No Bruce, there is also Western and Blue Grass
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 03, 2014, 11:35AM »

In Texas, they listen to both kinds of music- Country and Western. Evil
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 03, 2014, 04:26PM »

In Texas, they listen to both kinds of music- Country and Western. Evil

I'm pretty sure what's most popular is whatever has that awful missing-fundamental bass line that literally rattles my whole house whenever someone drives by (THUMMM, THUMTHUM...THUMMM, THUMTHUM...THUMMM, THUMTHUM...).

Actually, I kind of suspect that a majority of musicians regularly playing paid gigs are with various conjuntos (norteño, Tejano, etc.), some of which may even feature five members playing brass instruments (hint, hint).
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« Reply #19 on: Nov 03, 2014, 05:13PM »

There are a lot of musical things going on in North Texas that a majority neither knows nor cares about.  Especially with winds.

I suppose, eventually, the Dallas City Council will get around to murdering WRR and it'll all go completely underground.

I drove from Tyler over to Kilgore to play in the trombone choir.  Auditioned for the symphony in Tyler but didn't make it.  Played in a brass quintet in Grapevine and a very good community orchestra in Tarrant County.  I'm just havin' trouble picturing chamber music at First Monday in Canton (a huge flea market, for those who never had the pleasure).  I miss KERA and WRR. 
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