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Music stands [24 Apr 2011|06:41pm]

I'm learning the trumpet at the minute. The music stand I'm using appears to be not quite tall enough for me (I'm 5'10" or 178cm-ish) so I'm playing sitting down a lot currently, which I'm sure is not ideal. Is it possible that the stand isn't tall enough for me? I'm fairly sure it's not a kids' music stand.

[25 Feb 2008|03:17am]


 Please Join The Bloomfield Civic Band in a Musical Tribute to

Legendary Tuba Performer, Composer, Teacher and Conductor

Don Butterfield



Presented by the Bloomfield Federation of Music

Sunday March 2nd 2008

Bloomfield Middle School Auditorium
60 Huck Road
Bloomfield, NJ

Sponsored by the Bloomfield Recreation Department
Admission: $5.00 in Advance; $8 at the Door
Children 12 and Under Free
All Concerts are Handicapped Accessible


The Bloomfield Civic Band will be performing (as it is their concert). I, as well as several others, will also be performing some of Don's works in a Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. If you have never heard the work of this man and have the date free I highly reccomend you come and hear the work of this amazing gentleman. He truly was an amazing man. ~*~Me~*~

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[20 Sep 2007|12:58am]

i miss this community.

yay girls who play brass!

[24 Aug 2007|03:22pm]

Wow, it's been a while since the last post! Anyway...
This is my first time posting to the community, and I'm looking for help with something. My marching baritone needs a large-bore mouthpiece, but the one I have is small-bore, so I have an adapter for it. The adapter is stuck to the mouthpiece, though, and I mean STUCK. I'm guessing that it's stuck because of gunk 'n' stuff that has built up inside of it, and so now I'm wondering the best way to get it out. Should I wash it? In the dishwasher, or could chemicals from the soap hurt the mouthpiece? And if I hand-wash it, should I use cold or hot water?

Thanks for reading, and, if you can and do, for offering suggestions. I'll end up just asking my band teacher for help on Monday if I don't get a response by then.
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[03 Jan 2007|09:02am]

im sitting in my school's band room right now, not practicing.

im scared to death that i wont be playing that much next year when i go to college...or that ill be worse than everyone else, and that i will stop playing when i graduate, since im not a music major.

also, check out the dity dozen brass band. they are pretty kickass.
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One Week Left! [07 Oct 2006|10:42am]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

Anyone from Florida going to Crown Jewel in Vero next week? It's the only marching competition my band goes to, so I am pretty excited. :) We're still pretty new to competing, though. Anyone else going to any competitions yet?


hey! [06 Sep 2006|12:29pm]


band camp is over! YAY! this year the tuba section is split 2 girls 2 guys! sigh! that would be kick ass if it was all girls, ohh well! 

well i was wondering if any of you tuba players had their lip pierced, and how hard it is to play with it...


Ohh yea, do any of you have plastic mouthpieces? i have a bright pink one, its fantastic! yay!

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[28 Aug 2006|10:16pm]

Hey, I haven't posted in a while, but I've been looking at colleges around New York and Pennsylvania. I don't want to major in music but I'm not really sure what I'd do without it in my life, so I've been looking for a college thats got a band i can get into that i dont have to be in the music department for. I was looking into Villanova and they have a scramble band, which is like a marching band, but I've never been in marching band cuz my school doesnt have one. And Duquesne in Pittsburgh has a tuba euphonium society, how awesome is that? Anyways i was just wondering if anyone has heard of a scramble band so they can tell me what its like, or if anyone knows of colleges in the Northeastern US area thats got a good band without a music major.
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the classic "this is who I am!" post [28 Jul 2006|11:07pm]

So, well, I just sort of stumbled on thsi community and I'd though I'd introudce myself.

I'm 17, I'm going to be a senior in high school, and this will be my 5th year playing the tuba. I played the euphonium for 4 years before that. Last year for festival, my band played the Klaxxon march for a warm-up, and then Divertimento for Band and Cuban Overture. Oh, and I'm in love with my purple plastic mouthpiece.

I'm marching band conductor for this year, although we dont actually have a marching band. Our 3 bands take turns "marching" (more like a disinterested stroll) for each game. We sort of form a "W" ( I go to walt whitman high school) and then play, and then stroll off.

Is it hard to join a college marching band without much experience? Also, it is hard to transition from a tuba to a sousaphone? Because of our lack of a marching band my school also lacks a sousaphone, and I've just been lugging my tuba on the field for 3 years.

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[28 Jul 2006|07:09pm]

[ mood | exhausted ]

So, my first week of band camp ended.  My last first week of band camp, lol.  It's interesting being a senior.  I like it, but it can get sooooo frustrating at times.
We moved faster than I thought this year, which I'm quite happy about.  We currently have 21 pages of drill set and memorized, 13 of which we've already put to music.  In music rehersal we've played and clean all three movements.  We focused on the opener today and damn it sounded good when we were done.
Let's see...we have 18 trumpets this year.  But I swear, the largest section this year has got to be the saxophones.  It's crazy how many freshman saxophone players there are.  I haven't actually counted yet, but it's got to be at least 15, which is a lot compared to previous years.
I'm on first part this year, since I'm a senior and all that.  I've actually done pretty well.  My range isn't the best thing in the world, I'll admit, but I was so proud of myself today - I hit a high C without sounding like crap. XD My range has definitely improved (thankfully).
BUT yeah.  I'll quit blabbing.


Band Camp! [21 Jul 2006|10:03am]

[ mood | excited ]

My band just officially started band camp yesterday! Hooray! Our show this year has a dance theme, and we've got some awesome music. We're playing Incantation and Dance, Moondance, and Chorale and Shaker Dance.

Anyone else know what they're band is doing yet?

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another music request [22 May 2006|08:33am]

another one... sorry :)

So, I've got the (Australian) State Band Champs in September, and the senior band I'm in is playing Eternal Father, Strong to Save (The Navy Hymn).

Claude T Smith arrangement

I was hoping that somebody out there might be able to help me locate a recording of this piece (not just the little hymn bit... but the piece that starts with the trumpet fanfare). Maybe your band played it a few years ago and they recorded it? I don't know.

Ok. Thanks very much if you can help. I will be eternally grateful :)

x-posted everywhere

In Case You're Interested..... [27 Apr 2006|08:57am]

[ mood | good ]

Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps has Openings!!!

We are currently looking for:
1-Auxillary Percussionist (Pit)
1-Bass Drum

The Raiders have been a nationally competitive drum corps since 1990, a Drum Corps International Division III World Finalist 8 out of the last 10 years, and of course, the 2005 Drum Corps International Div III Champion. Our goal every year is to strive for excellence, educate the members, and entertain audiences around the country. This commitment requires hard work and a passion for the musical and visual performing arts.

There are no formal "solo" auditions to be in the Raiders. All we ask is that you commit to being your best on and off the field and have fun doing it. This commitment level will have a direct impact on your success with the Raiders. The caption head of your section can give you more info and details.

The corps has a membership dues program. This can be fulfilled via easy payment plans, fundraising, sponsorships, and scholarships. We believe that dues should not prohibit a student from being in the Raiders.

The organization has plans to march 75-90 members for 2006. We're planning on an 8 day mini tour in early July. Then a 19 day tour to the 2006 DCI World Championships in Madison, Wisconsin August 8- 14. 

For More Info, www.raidersdbc.org or any member they would be happy to tell you who to contact!

AIM: BrassBaby2004



New Member [23 Apr 2006|08:39pm]

Hey hey.

new member says hi :)Collapse )
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Question to fellow brass.... [20 Apr 2006|06:15pm]

[ mood | hmm.... ]

Hey does any of you play tuba or anything with a big mouthpiece, and have your tounge peirced? I am thinking about getting it done and i play tuba, but dont know if it will affect my playing or anything... i know weird question but hey i am curious. Thanks so much. 

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The few... [12 Apr 2006|06:46pm]

[ mood | confused ]

Is anyone else one of the few Brass girls in there band. I'm the only girl trombonist, and one of two girl Baritones. It saddens me since there are about ten total. And, I think the guys still believe in cooties. I swear, they stand at about a five meter radius away from us. Yet, that's not the half of it. You know what the girls in the band call all of the guys? Band Gay. I think they're more interested in each other half the time. One time stands out in my mind. It was a bus ride home from a competition. The Baritone guys were sitting on the opposite side of the bus and they were acting so wierd. First, they started humping thier seats, then they started playing with each others hair. I was so creeped out. XP Anyway, that's one of my band stories.(BTW, I love that you made a community like this. It makes me feel less alone in my brassiness.)

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SCVC [06 Apr 2006|08:29pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets still need horn players! We're looking for 4 trumpets, 1 mello, 1 bari and 2 tuba/contras!

Anyone interested???

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Drum & Bugle Corps (DCA) [07 Mar 2006|09:36pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Well, well, well...

I actually got into Alliance Drum & Bugle Corps.(DCA) And I am having a blast. Usually I'm the only girl in the contra line....well...I'm the only girl in the bugle department....and there's one girl in the drumline...Sucks? NOooo!!!! It's freaking awesome! If the contra wasn't such a BEAST I would be having even more fun, Lol.

I was nervous at first. But it was kool. I liked all the guys, even the cocky ones, and hung out with them everywhere...But after that first day, when I got back from the motel, I had to put ice all over my body practically, then I had to take a HOT bath forever, then I put Icy-Hot on me. It helped...but it was still hard getting out of bed the next morning...I was one big bruise.

The St. Patrick's Parade is coming up. And it's in downtown Atlanta. I'm kind of upset because I'm the only one suffering, I believe. They said I should get used to the weight around the 2nd or 3rd camp. I really hope so...

In the mean time, I'm going to be doing some mucho push-ups, cardio, running, and chasing squirrels around in the front lawn on a tricycle.

Hoping the best for everybody else,


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[22 Feb 2006|06:30pm]

[ mood | Not too bad! ]

HEY, since i am new to this community i thought i would introduce myself. My name is JORDAN! I play the tuba! woot woot, to the other tubas there are here. My Concert tubas name is THomas, and my sousas name is Maury! Cool i know. well thats about it for now. i am a very cool person (well i think so anyways!)... ask me anything, and i will be posting more band things later! See you then! bye!


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Concert Season Is Stressful. [20 Feb 2006|09:53am]

[ mood | blah ]

*sigh* I miss marching band.

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