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« Reply #20 on: Nov 03, 2014, 05:56PM »

I'm just havin' trouble picturing chamber music at First Monday in Canton

I'm a lot closer to Commerce than Canton.  Big difference, despite Aggies taking over the former.
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« Reply #21 on: Nov 04, 2014, 08:00AM »

Looks like a Brass Quintet home. Who is in a quintet? Who deals with music?
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« Reply #22 on: Nov 04, 2014, 10:56AM »

Looks like a Brass Quintet home. Who is in a quintet? Who deals with music?
I have one regular quintet and many ad-hoc groups (I keep a set of books at the ready for these cases).

In the regular quintet I provided the seed music and just about everybody has added to it.  Unfortunately a lot of the "free" stuff on line is usually worth the price (i.e. pretty bad).

I have about $200 worth of quintet music that is currently missing the 2nd Trumpet parts and as a result, I now take the policy of making ONE copy and that's what goes in the folders.  I've talked to a lot of different people about this policy and most are cool with it although there are some that aren't.  Those that want to be that nasty don't get my business.
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« Reply #23 on: Nov 04, 2014, 11:59AM »

I have one regular quintet and many ad-hoc groups (I keep a set of books at the ready for these cases).

In the regular quintet I provided the seed music and just about everybody has added to it.  Unfortunately a lot of the "free" stuff on line is usually worth the price (i.e. pretty bad).

I have about $200 worth of quintet music that is currently missing the 2nd Trumpet parts and as a result, I now take the policy of making ONE copy and that's what goes in the folders.  I've talked to a lot of different people about this policy and most are cool with it although there are some that aren't.  Those that want to be that nasty don't get my business.

Post what pieces you are missing the 2nd parts for and maybe somebody on the forum can help. 
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« Reply #24 on: Nov 04, 2014, 02:18PM »

For all quintet music that I buy (and I have a LOT of quintet music), I always have a master copy archived at home.  Music walks off fairly often from the quintet folders (or maybe the dog eats it or something).

So, my contribution here is: archiving is a must!

On the subject of repertoire, it is unfortunately true that a majority of the free quintet music is worth what you pay for it.  Perhaps we can suggest repertoire here that is worth paying for. 

I find that the arrangements of Zack Smith are nearly all superior.  He has a knack (Zack with a knack?) for spreading the interesting parts around.  You can see his offerings here:

http://www.trumpetunes.com/publications.html

I own most of the jazz/pop arrangements he has, and like almost all of them.  Plus they are very cheap IMO ($10-15 a chart).

I realize that may sound like a commercial, but I have no affiliation with Zack nor do I earn any money from promoting his work.  Maybe I earn some karma points, but that's it.

There are other arrangers that I will usually be happy with (Jack Gale and Paul Nagle come immediately to mind).  Robert Elkjer is also very good, but can be very difficult (he is Joe Alessi's arranger).
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« Reply #25 on: Nov 04, 2014, 02:24PM »

Post what pieces you are missing the 2nd parts for and maybe somebody on the forum can help. 

+1.  I would be surprised if the list did not include something I could help on.
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« Reply #26 on: Nov 04, 2014, 07:48PM »

Incidentally, two of the pieces were by Jack Gale and he offered free copies of the missing parts when I told him (he also agreed with my policy of keeping the masters and putting copies in the folder).  Some were Robert King arrangements and the missing parts were extremely inexpensive.  When I get a chance to dig in those folders (it's been a LONG time) I'll post my list of stuff I'm still missing.

But let this be a lesson to all starting quintets.  Don't pass out your originals.
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« Reply #27 on: Nov 04, 2014, 08:33PM »

Just a little Jack Gale anecdote to take away-someone asked Jack what was the difference between a rallentando and a ritardando. He said-"one slows up,the other slows down".
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« Reply #28 on: Nov 05, 2014, 01:09PM »

Just a little Jack Gale anecdote to take away-someone asked Jack what was the difference between a rallentando and a ritardando. He said-"one slows up,the other slows down".

That is funny.
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« Reply #29 on: Nov 05, 2014, 01:13PM »

I am going to add to my notes for my quintet book and post them. Kind of a start of reviews of pieces.

I only give out copies and keep my originals. The book the players have is a nice stack of same size paper with title numbers in the top RH corner.

I have obtained a few out of print tunes that I have then sent the funds to the publisher to purchase legit. So even my stolen music has been paid for. I think I paid to much for the free music.
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« Reply #30 on: Nov 05, 2014, 06:36PM »

For fun up tempo piece, try the Michael Sweeney arrangement of "Birdland".  Even more fun with the French horn part transposed for tbone. 
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« Reply #31 on: Nov 05, 2014, 11:28PM »

For fun up tempo piece, try the Michael Sweeney arrangement of "Birdland".  Even more fun with the French horn part transposed for tbone. 

I took a look for this, but gave up after being swamped by listings of a Sweeney arrangement of Birdland for big band.

Perhaps when making a recommendation of a piece in this topic we could include a link?
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« Reply #32 on: Nov 06, 2014, 05:19PM »

I took a look for this, but gave up after being swamped by listings of a Sweeney arrangement of Birdland for big band.

Perhaps when making a recommendation of a piece in this topic we could include a link?

Good idea.  I tried to find the source myself but had the same problem.  Turns out the leader of my brass quintet took the big band arrangement from  http://www.mindformusic.com/index.php/big-band and transcribed it for our group.  No wonder I couldn't find it! 
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« Reply #33 on: Nov 09, 2014, 03:52AM »

I play in a grou[p now called "OFPO" (occasional 5 plus one). Started out as a brass quintet,that occasionally got together and played, hence the name. personell changes along the way, current version has 2 french horns (the plus one).
I stated the group a bunch of years ago, we did a few things and it fell by the wayside. Too busy to be the driving force now, one of the trumpet players is organizing, and our Tuba player has written about 1/2 the arrangements we play. Good stuff! Also we have some stuff we bought, and a library that's been sitting on our community concert band archives for years. Looking forward to hearing about good arrangements.
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« Reply #34 on: Feb 06, 2015, 02:10PM »

I started a quintet with some other folks 11 years ago. I am the only original member left. We are currently short a 2nd trumpet and have to get a sub. Our problem is that we are fairly good, but not fully professional. Pro players don't want to be in the group because we don't pay them to rehearse and weekend warrior usually can't hack the parts. We are lucky to have a lead trumpet player who has a music degree and then turned to the finance world and makes good money there, so he in not really in it for the money. The other trumpet player was the tuba player's son, but he moved about 3 hours away to take a teaching job. And the horn chair seems to fluctuate. We had a guy who used to be in the Air Force band back in the 60's. He quit on us once and then came back, but never seems to be able to make a lot of the gigs, so we have a girl who is a recent graduate playing horn most of the time. She is good, but needs to play louder most of the time.

We have about 7 standing gigs a year - 4 graduations and 3 church services. Plus we do the occasional concert/recital when we are asked. We could probably do more playing if I did some marketing. I love playing quintet music. You can't hide and everyone has to nail it.

We have a quite a few of Jack Gale's arrangements in the book. Also an original tune of his called "Golden Gate" which is a fun little tune that sounds like gospel meets rock and roll.

We have a FB page with a few videos if anyone wants to give a listen:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sparkle-City-Brass-Quintet/175508059141790?sk=videos









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