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New Brass Quintet album session with Stiletto Brass

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July, 2019 - No audio yet, but I just finished a fantastic 3 days recording with Stiletto Brass! Wonderful album of music with a premiere recording of a commissioned work, as well as a little known French quintet from the Paris Conservatoire realm. What a fun and exciting group! Stiletto Brass is: Amy Gilreath and Susan Rider (trumpets), Rachel Hockenberry (horn), Natalie Mannix (trombone), and Velvet Brown (tuba).

 

Euphonium and Piano solo recital

Hiram Diaz, my euphonium colleague in the Marine Band, gave a master class in recital at Westchester University this spring, and brought me along to record audio and video. He performed in a lovely space that, besides the warm ambience, also had a nice acoustic for his beautiful playing.

 

Bass Trombone Soloist with Trombone Ensemble

I recently had the chance to perform an old favorite piece of chamber music for trombone quartet. To Be or Not to be has always felt like an effective way to show off the musicality of a trombone ensemble, as well as feature our bass trombone (or tuba) brothers and sisters who don’t always get a lot of chances to be in the spotlight. The soloist here is Daniel Brady, bass trombonist of “The President’s Own”, U.S. Marine Band. Myself, and our colleagues Christopher Reaves and Tim Dugan round out the group. We had a great time preparing this piece for a concert this year and wanted a chance to make a little more in depth recording of the work. We tried some different things, musically, with the piece and I’d love to know what you think! Best listened to on good headphones in a quiet location! Special thanks to Marine Band tubist, Will Samson, for his help engineering and producing the recording.

 

Chamber Ensemble Recording for composer Anne McGinty

Anne McGinty composed a very challenging and beautiful piece called Tuba and 12, and I had the chance to record it for Anne this winter.  The piece is a very interesting instrumentation - 6 winds, 6 brass, and solo tuba.  The variety of colors in this three movement work conjured by Anne McGinty is fantastic.  John Cradler performed the extremely demanding solo tuba part beautifully, and my fellow engineer Michael Ducassoux did the mastering work.   Find out more about Michael's work at Red Room Productions.  To hear more from this session, and see the complete list of personnel, head on over HERE.

 

Posaune Decuple, live concert - Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Recorded at the beautiful Glencairn Museum in Glen Athyn, Pennsylvania, this ensemble was founded by former Philadelphia Orchestra principal trombonist, the late Glenn Dodson. This 2018 performance featured trombonists of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Saõ Paulo State Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Indiana University, the Colburn School, and “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band.

Posaune Decuple photo by: Steven Osborne

Posaune Decuple photo by: Steven Osborne

 

American Conical Ensemble records James Curnow

Recorded for composer James Curnow, this piece was arranged for a fantastic new brass group, called the American Conical Ensemble. American Conical Ensemble is a “super group” of musicians from the U.S. Marine Band, major symphony orchestras, and one of the most wicked alto horn players around, Nathan Miller.

This recording features Amy McCabe and Anthony Bellino on trumpet (both members of the U.S. Marine Band), as well as Matthew Harding, Nathan Miller, Hiram Diaz, and Chris Tiedeman.

 

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I recently had the good fortune to record my good friend and 2nd trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, Jack Sutte, in his performance of two complete etude books newly composed by Nathan Ost.  Nathan has added two excellent collections of etudes to the trumpet repertoire, and it was a great pleasure to record Jack's fantastic playing.  Here are a few examples from the sessions... Enjoy!  Find Nathan's etude books and website HERE.  Also, check out Jack's fantastic brass trio with his Cleveland colleagues, Factory Seconds!


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