This weekend I’ll be on a mini-tour with Black Bayou Brass, performing and giving master classes in the Dallas, TX area. On Friday we’ll be playing several concerts at Richardson High School and McKinney North High School. These schools have great band programs, and I’m looking forward to meeting and working with their students. One interesting note about our visit to McKinney North is that it is on the same day as a visit by this famous author, whose latest novel is set in Dallas. Mr. King will be speaking to a packed house that evening at the school, and through an incredible set of coincidences we’ve been asked to provide a little pre-lecture music in addition to our afternoon concert. This promises to be an interesting event and I’ll report back on it next week!
On Saturday we’ll be performing concerts and holding master classes at two Music and Arts stores, the first in Allen, TX from 11-1pm, and the second in Frisco, TX from 3-5pm (click on the links for more information). If you are in the area we’d love to see you at either of these free events. I’d like to personally thank Andy Downing, District Manager for Music and Arts, for hosting this event and inviting us to be guest artists for it. We’ve put together an entertaining and engaging program for these concerts, with a mix of both old and new. Here are the works we’ll be performing, although we usually tailor our programs to fit each venue depending on the amount of time we have to play. Although I’ve often lamented on this blog the relative scarcity of brass trio music, our low brass professor Dr. Micah Everett has been hard at work putting together some great arrangements for our concerts. In addition, Roger Jones graciously composed a very nice opener for us.
- Doodles, Fanfare for Brass Trio, by Roger Jones
- Figaro Metamorphosen, by Jan Koetsier
- Madrigals, by Thomas Morley/arr. Micah Everett
- The Brass Abacus, by William Schmidt
- Rondo from Double Bass Concerto, by Antonio Capuzzi/arr. Everett
- Three Early Jazz Favorites, arr. Everett
- Flight of the Bumble Bee, by Rimsky-Korskov/arr. Everett
Wishing you all success, both for yourselves and for the idea of getting more quality live music out into the community. Would particularly like to hear how the madrigals go with the audiences. I really want to believe that when people actually experience Renaissance music played on brass they’ll want more because they hadn’t realized what they’d been missing.
Thanks Lyle-the tour went very well. Will post a report on Monday.