Updated November 4, 2015
(let me know if soundfiles don't work)
There are several really good reasons for listening to the soundfiles of music you are playing:
- To get a sense of how the music sounds, its style, its phrasing, its harmonies
- Following your music while listening to the soundfile (not playing) helps you learn how your part fits with the whole and helps you learn to keep your place
- Playing along with the music gives you more opportunities to "practice with the group" than you can get just in rehearsals.
Click the link for RECORDINGS THAT WE HAVE MADE
FOR THE FALL SEMESTER (these will open in a new tab in your browser)
- RadetzkyMarch - a classic march by Johann Strauss, the Elder, a famous composer of the 1800s, and the father of Johann Strauss, the Younger (Strauss the Younger is the one known as "The Waltz King" who wrote many famous waltzes, like The Blue Danube). Radetzky is still frequently heard today (especially in Europe on New Years Eve). For a terrific video of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra playing it at a New Years Eve Concert, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYYTdtRrg8M (a big thanks to Hannah for sending this link!)
- Dynamic contrasts!!!
- Rotary valve trumpets (in the US, we use piston valve trumpets)
- The way the audience claps along (tradition) and the conductor's expressions just before he signals that the clapping should recommence
- ChesterVar (this is the demo, but only a partial performance - some is left out). Here is a pretty good YouTube performance that Lance found for us. - We play the Chester melody as part of our Chester/Yankee Doodle piece. Here is this revolutionary war song with some variations.
- RowanTree - This is such a gorgeous Scottish tune. Follow this link to see the lyrics.
- Athens - Continuing our music around the world, it is time for a Greek Festival! Put on your dancing shoes!
- MusicMan - A classic musical... We will watch it at our Movie Night, October 1.
- SoundSilence - A 60s classic. If you still have the version that says, "Draft", be sure you pick up the revised edition at t he first rehearsal and recycle the draft.
SWING BAND (these will open in a new tab in your browser)
- Carnaval - this fun, upbeat tune is a Bossa Nova, so straight eighths. Notice the smooth overall sound with the occasional punchy accents. Pay attention to the articulations and dynamics.
- MoonRiver - ah... one of the greatest songs ever. This is a ballad with straight eighth notes - no swing. Be romantic!
- Ain'tMis - Here is an online version that is really well performed and a touch slower - nice dynamics and bari sax; I like it a lot. and here is a performance by my WMS jazz band, 2011 - They were a power house and I think this is a really good performance of the piece in a more upbeat tempo. (I like both tempi; see what you think)
KEEP THESE IN THE PERMANENT BAND FOLDER
Here is a document with comments, changes, corrections, cautions for each piece
- AmzGrace - demo. Such a beautiful arrangement...
- America the Beautiful - a gorgeous version.... (sorry that it cuts of abruptly at the end!)
- AshFarewl This OUR recording from Spring 2014. Nice. There were a few notes that got out of control and the last note had too much cresc on it. Also, the snare & bass got off and came in 2 meas late into 52 and then tried to play at 60, but they were watching and I could get them back on track by 68! I have done this piece MANY times, but this is definitely one of the best performances of it - passionate, peaceful... Bravo!
- Beatles - follow the link for the demo. It is only a partial recording, though. Or you can play along with a YouTube performance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGN9DCfTngU. Not the best performance (it is a middle school, after all!) but it is decent and will give you a feel for the piece.
- Bogey - Here is a summer rehearsal from 2012 so you can play along. USN Band performance of the original - notice there is a part that we don't have in our arrangement.
- Gershwin - this is a recording of our rehearsal July 2012
- GodBlessAm - This is the recording of the new version, from our Dec 2014 concertt
- Greasy - this is a recording of my kids a few years ago - Some messiness and they don't get the subtleties (it was a, "we have 2 weeks before the concert - let's put this together...") But, you can play along and get a sense of the piece! It is an old piece and no longer in print and there are no YouTube renditions (there are some of the same title, but a different piece).
- Johnny - This is the recording from the Cape Concert. Also find the original by Chuck Berry to get a flavor of the piece in case you don't know it.
- KindGentle - what a piece... wow. Here is the demo version.
- Lassus - this is our May 2012 concert recording
- LibertyBellMarch - this is our version, played by my WMS band. I found it the other day - bones got a bit messed up, but otherwise a solid performance! LibBell-Pryor - this one is performed by the actual Sousa band - he wasn't conducting, Arthur Pryor was (his lead trumpet player). Sousa wanted nothing to do with recording on these wax cylinders; he predicted it would be the downfall of live music (he was right) and coined the term, "Canned Music". No repeats due to size constriction of the cylinders and no percussion because it was too loud for the technology! LibBell-Brion - this is the modern Sousa Band with director Keith Brion (Sousa scholar). Great rendition, complete with the Liberty Bell as Sousa wrote it!
- Oregon - Great melody commemorating the travel westward of our pioneers, the excitement, the fear, the sadness.
- Paratroopers - think dynamics!! Watch the parachutes in your mind's eye.
- PatrioticFest - nice arrangement and not very difficult. We will have the audience sing along.
- Yankee / Chester - our July 4, 2012 rehearsal recording so that you can hear the repeated section. This link goes to the demo version.
OUR MOST RECENT RECORDINGS (these will open in a new tab in your browser)
Concert May 2, 2015
Concert December 6, 2014