Let's take this show on the road!

I'm impressed how quickly and how well  you got the summer concert put together. Thanks for your work. I think the Como concert on Sunday will be terrific. 

Margie is in need of percussion help on a couple charts: for War March we need a gong player, and on Into the Clouds we need a triangle and suss cym player. If you are interested, and are in a section that can can by without you, please contact our percussion section leader, Margie. Thank you for considering this.

A couple reminders from last night: ATTENDANCE Let your section leader know if you are ever going to be absent or late. No surprises on concert night. Please make every effort to be at all of our events and to be on time. The few times we have fielded half a band have yielded less than desirable results. The sooner we know of absences, the more likely we can find a sub. DRESS cobalt blue polo on the top, black on the bottom. Bring sunglasses and something to hold your music in place. For most of our events you will need a chair (no lawn chairs please!) and a music stand. Have them in your car so you are ready for anything. A bottle of water is also a good call. CALL TIME is when the warm up starts. Plan on coming early to find parking, haul your gear, help the percussion, set up, warm up and tune on your own. It makes the performance so much more enjoyable than rushing in unprepared. HAVE FUN at the concerts. This starts with inviting your friends and family to our events. I hope you enjoy performing these special events, the more you enjoy it, the more the audience will respond. When the polka band plays, get into it! Hoot along, clap, sing on the Beer Barrel Polka, grab a partner and dance along! And be ready for anything! A good time will be had by all. POST CONCERT please help the percussion tear down and load the trailer. If everyone would make an effort to do this just for once concert this summer we would be good. Then be sure you attend the post concert get together as announced by your board.

Here is the full program order (note the encore)

Minnesota March no repeats, remember the ‘Rah Rah Ski U Mah’ before you sing

Arikara

War March & Battle Hymn of the Vikings

Lis Escoubo (last mvt of Suite Provencale) In '2'

Mosquitos Lay Eggs in Minnesota

St Anthony Chorale ww & horns

Fire!

Into the Clouds

Charlie Brown in '4'0

Foshay Tower March

Polka Band – 2 tunes

Hallelujah

Escapade for Trombones – trombones stand

Skol Vikings

Prince in Concert

You Can't Stop the Beat

Encore: MN March – pick up to K to the end (last 48 meas w/ no repeat, it’s the last strain – or last trio – I will give you ‘1-2-1’ then come in on the pick up)

Let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything I can do for you. Sunday is Funday!

Tedd

Big Week

Hope you are having a good Holiday weekend. Good job last week everyone. Thanks for being flexible with the rehearsal set up. In the end, we got a lot done. We have one more rehearsal (Tuesday) before we debut our summer program (Sunday). At this time it looks like we will be downstairs in the caf for the rest of the year. Both the rehearsal and the summer program will be in this order. It should be fun.

Reflections on the City of Lakes

Minnesota March (Sousa)

Arikara (Marshall)

War March & Battle Hymn of the Vikings (Reed)

Lis Escoubo (French)

Mosquitos Lay Eggs in Minnesota (Lake)

St Anthony Chorale

Into the Clouds (Saucedo)

Charlie Brown

Foshay Tower March (Sousa)

Polka Band (need some dancers!)

Hallelujah (Cohen)

Escapade for Trombones (Bencriscutto)

Skol Vikings

Prince in Concert

You Can't Stop the Beat (Hairspray)

 

Reflections on the City of Lakes

I really enjoyed sight reading with you on Tuesday night. Something very appealing about making music together at sight. You all did terrific work. I think the cafeteria works well as our make shift band room - but with all the right angles and hard surfaces combined with the low ceiling, it is found. We all need to bring it down a notch when we practice down there and bell front instruments please play bells down (I can't believe I'm actually saying that!). It will also help if we spread the rows out a bit. I encourage you to bring ear plugs.

After discussing it with Lori, I decided to go with a $100 gift card to Nordstrom's to thank Kylie for helping us with the Pops. I will send this to her first thing in the morning so it doesn't become too distant of a memory. So far I have one person putting a 10 spot in the pot. If you'd like to help support this, please bring $1-$10 to rehearsal this Tuesday. If we don't get enough we are happy to pay the rest. If we get over, we will give the extra to the board to start a Sunshine/Flower/Social Fund (or whatever you want to call it) for situations like this. Thank you for your help with this.

As announced, the theme to our Summer Series of concerts is, "Reflections on the City of Lakes". Our musical, chronological salute to the city we represent. The order to the concert and to our rehearsal on Tuesday is below - note a few changes

Minnesota March (no repeats)

Arikara

War March & Battle Hymn of the Vikings

Lis Escoubo mvt 4 of Suite Provencale

Mosquitos Lay Eggs in Minnesota

St Anthony Chorale (ww and horns only)

Into the Clouds

Charlie Brown

Foshay Tower March

(polka band will play 2 selections here)

Hallelujah

Escapade for Trombones

Prince in Concert

You Can't Stop the Beat 

 If they demand an encore we will play MN March K to the end, no repeat

This Tuesday I would like to try the addition to singing on Minn March at G - here are the words:

Rah! Rah! Ski-U-Mah. Rah! Rah! Rah!
March on, March on to Victory.
Loyal Sons of Varsity.
Fight on, Fight on for Minnesota
For the glory of the Old Maroon and Gold.
March on, March on to win the game.
Down the field, fighting every play.
We're with you, team, Fighting team!
Hear our song, we cheer along
To help you win a victory.

 

Pops Perfection

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the wonderful concert you gave last Tuesday night! You created such great memories for the band and the audience. A very rewarding performance and the crowd was so appreciative. The pops concert is becoming a bit of a 'thing' which is cool. 

Kudos to:

-Margie for your typewriter soloing ability!

-the first clarinets for not giggling during the concert!

-Ari, Sarah and all of our soloists. Great job

-Mitch for your warm up, conducting and announcing

-the Jazz Band. I had a lot of great comments on your performance. Very fun. May couldn't believe you did that in just 3 rehearsals.

-The horns for playing us into and out of the commercial and for wearing really cool fireman hats for Fire!

-everyone on a very musical and fun performance - I look forward to your thoughts and comments on Tuesday

-and of course to our anchor, Kylie. She really enjoyed the experience. I will bring a thank you card on Tuesday for everyone who wants to sign.

It was fun to see all the smiles after the concert. I've seen such a quick and genuine reaction to a concert. And so many people really loved the Prince medley! Maybe we should hit the road!

I'm anxious to start working on music for our summer series. We only have 3 rehearsals before our first concert at Como - plus a couple more after to polish the entire program. NOTE: we will be rehearsing in the basement for the rest of the season due to the light issue in the auditorium. We will need some extra help setting up. 

See you Tuesday!

Tedd

"and now, your local news!"

I am so excited for your Pops Concert this Tuesday. The band has see a lot of growth in the past years, but none more than this year. This may not be our most challenging concert, but it could well be our most musical. I know your family and friends will enjoy it. Let's make sure this is not just the concert we SAY we are going to have at least 5 audience members there for each CICB member, but this WILL be the concert that it actually happens. I know they are going to love it. What a great way to cap our 35th season as an ensemble.

Things to remember:

-Concert dress is all black. I would encourage you to wear your BEST black. It not only classes things up but it shows respect to what we are doing and our audience. Break out that dark suit. And guys in ties would be appreciated!

-bring a stand light - or two! be ready to share if someone forgets. Plan on there being no stage lights and feel free to bring a lamp or whatever you need to see and be seen.

-jazz band members - you will have to bring your own stand and if you have an extra - bring that too!

-take care of your self going into the concert, practice, prepare, eat right, be rested, and be on time - ready to make some music and memories.

-think ahead during the concert. have your music in order, and be ready to go quickly to the next piece. 

-have fun with the music, especially the Hooked on Reruns! Nanoo, Nanoo - Batman (Splat!) and more. Anything to draw the audience in. For Skol Vikings, bring your Helga Horns et al (or gear for 'your' team). Focus and relax on Early Light - this could be awesome.  Maybe throw on your Twins hat. IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE YOUR HARD WORK THIS YEAR. You deserve a perfect concert. If you've never had that elusive perfect concert, this is the perfect time to notch one in your belt.

Here's the timeline:

6:00 Jazz Band set up and practice, CICB set up crew

6:20 call time for the entire band so you can set up, warm- up and tune.

6:30 full ensemble warm up, probably with Mitch

6:50 places

7:00 Downbeat

8:00 Fine', tear down, meet with fan and fans

Afterglow

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns, have a great concert and...

Go team!

Tedd

 

Skol Vikes et al

'Dress' rehearsal is this Tuesday! Please plan on coming early to set up, warm up and tune. Group warm up and tune will start by 7. Jazz Band we will be rehearsing promptly at 6 in the pit. Please download and practice Cajun Cooking.

Some things for you to do this week:

-Advertise - sell it! This is going to be fun

-Think of fun ideas we can do to add some spark to the concert. I need some volunteers to make Batman type signs to hold up. Can you think of more ideas?

-Listen to Early Light and practice it

-Learn the lyrics to Skol Vikings!

Skol Vikings, let's win this game,
Skol Vikings, honor your name,
Go get that first down,
Then get a touchdown.
Rock 'em . . . Sock 'em
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Go Vikings, run up the score,
You'll hear us yell for more. . .
V-I-K-I-N-G-S
Skol, Vikings, let's go! 

-Get the summer dates on your calendar. I'm excited to share the summer program concept with you.

-Let me know if you have any questions

-Have a good weekend

 

Do you 'have the runs?'

Good work to everyone last week. Big Band, full band. We're getting close to be ready for our annual Pops concert. For the next 3 weeks the music will always be in concert order:

Mission

Light Cavalry

Typewriter

Fire

Hooked on TV Reruns

Tsunami

(break - horn Mission quote on and off)

(Jazz Band)

Blue Tango

Skol Vikings

Early Light

Prince

Mision Tag

A few 'asks' of you. Be sure to listen to a recording of Early light. Be sure to be early for rehearsal this Tuesday to get set, warm up and tune on your own before we start at 7:00. Be sure to advertise the concert. I'm convinced if we all ask at least 10 people we will have a great crowd. And I'm convinced the best ways to do this are asking everyone you know, use your social media and put up posters. Thanks for your help with these 3 things.

BIG BAND - we will meet in the auditorium again this week at 6:00.

Have a great week!

Tedd 

Pops countdown

Great work in rehearsal last Tuesday. We certainly got a lot done and I hope you had some fun in the process. We only meet 3 more times until our pops concert on May 9. Be sure to get the word out to your family and friends to attend this special event.

This Tuesday will be a regular rehearsal, the week after more of a run thru and May 2 will be dress rehearsal. I encourage you to help make the most of these rehearsals by coming early to set up and warm up and participating fully in the rehearsal process.

JAZZ BAND will begin rehearsal this Tuesday downstairs in the music room promptly at 6:00 pm. We will be playing How High The Moon (Taylor), Cajun Cookin' (DiBlasio) and one other chart. Should be fun.

The full line up for Tuesday looks like this:

Prince

Hooked

Early

Light Cavalry

break

Fire

Blue Tango

Typewriter

Mission

Skol

Tsunami

Tuesday

CICB,

 

Thanks for your great work on Tuesday night. Sectionals proved to be both fun and beneficial. Thanks to the section leaders for preparing and leading. It was a great night.

For this Tuesday, please take time to audit these:

Someone lined up all the original recordings of all the tunes from Hooked ON TV Reruns here

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hooked+on+tv+reruns

Here is a pretty good recording of Tsunami

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlnCTZ9deZ0

And a good recording of our centerpiece, Early Light:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kGTS88yEvg

 

Let's set up this Tuesday's rehearsals like this:

Tsunami

Cavalry

Early Light

break

Hooked

Fire

Prince

After this Tuesday only 3 rehearsals remain. Please make every effort to attend - on time - and tell your section leader and/or me if you can't make it or are running late.

3/28 

4/4 SPRING BREAK - NO REHEARSAL

4/11

4/18

4/25

5/2 7 dress rehearsal

5/9 1 POPS CONCERT

Pops Prep

And we're off on another concert cycle! Good job reading the concert down last Tuesday. Thank you for your attendance and effort. I'm exciting about producing the pops and look forward to see what personality you can add to it. Start telling your friends to save the date - May 9! Concert order is:

The Mission

Light Cavalry (entire piece)

The Typewriter

Fire!

Hooked on TV Reruns

Tsunami

3 jazz band selections

Blue Tango

Skol Vikings

Early Light

Prince in Concert

Mission

There will only be 4-5 rehearsals for the May 9 concert date. I'm looking forward to getting after it starting this Tuesday. Please let your section leader and/or me know if you are going to be absent or tardy. And let us know of any attendance issues you may have for this concert cycle. That way we can avoid setting up empty chairs, tripping over empty chairs, looking at empty chairs and tearing down empty chairs - plus it gives us a lot more room to work. Thank you for your help with this.

Speaking of tear down, I appreciate your continued help with this. With so many pitching in it just doesn't take long to do. We're still leaving a few things out in the hall - I will do better at showing you what needs to be done.

The jazz band will be rehearsing at 6:00pm on April 18, 25 and May 2. Members will need to attend these (or at least 2). 

It's been a great 35th season - let's keep it going!

Tedd

KUDOS!

Congratulations everyone on a very memorable concert. Terrific work on some very difficult music. You performed 18 pieces nearly back to back with tons of edits. I'm really impressed with your work and attitude during this whole concert cycle. Amazing. And the audience just LOVED it. They couldn't get enough. What fun. Hopefully they will tell their friends and we'll have even more in attendance at the Pops Concert. I'm anxious to hear your reaction and those of your friends and family.

KUDOS to our featured soloists Kari and Chris. Thank you for your extra preparation and your professional performance out in front. Kudos to Mitch for your conducting, introducing, tuba playing and especially for your graceful retrieval of your baton! Kudos to Megan and Jason for your extended solos in the music as well. A lot of wonderful performances. Kudos to Megan for making the program in the image of an actual Sousa program and for providing the Encore placards. And Kudos to Sally for taking on the challenge of getting all that music prepared for us!

THANK YOU to all for your help and cooperation with the stage and auditorium set up. I loved the risers, I thought the auditorium looked especially clean without the coats and cases out, and people who sat in the balcony really enjoyed that site line and sound. And we had good lighting to boot. And you all looked terrific in your classic black - everything was done very professionally. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

This Tuesday is our reading session of the annual spring Pops Concert, this year titled "...and now, Your Local News!" The show will be emceed by WCCO TV personality Kylie Bearse. She is looking forward to joining us. They are also planning on having a film crew at the concert to show some highlights on the WCCO evening news! I'm excited to share the music and the concept with you on Tuesday. We will have the reading session, 5 rehearsals (no rehearsal on spring break 4/4) and the dress rehearsal before the May 9th concert. What a 35th anniversary year it's been for CICB. 

We may try out yet another new seating chart (there is no perfect way to seat a band!) Please let me or your section leader know if you cannot attend this or any rehearsal as it's always disheartening to be sitting among empty chairs - plus it gives us more room to eliminate the empty chairs.

As always. let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend. You deserve it.

Tedd 

 

SOUSA CONCERT!

Tuesday is the big day. Thank you all for your hard work these past couple months. It's time to celebrate with a memorable concert. Some final thoughts as we prepare, beginning with "What to Wear"

All black, no colors as all, no white, no gray

TOP – black, dressy, collared, long sleeves, button down (top button buttoned if comfortable), no tie or scarf . Black coat if available.

BOTTOM – black pants, dress pants if possible. women – pants preferred over skirt, if wearing a skirt consider length and wear black hose

SHOES – black, dress, shined, closed toe (avoid sandals)

SOX – black please, since we play on an elevated stage the audience sees our sox, when they are white or colored, it’s noticed!

OTHER conservative hair style, facial hair is in, other than a watch and ring, avoid jewelry especially necklace and bracelets. 

OVERALL think conservative and professional. Nothing modern

 

OTHER THOUGHTS

PROMOTION - time to remind your early invitees of the dates, and be sure to text those you most want to come on the day of the concert.

PREP - last minute practice is always helpful, especially on the Dvorak. You've done a terrific job getting the Danse Bacchanale worked up. Spend some time with a tuner and make sure your horn is in superior condition. Shine it up if you have a minute. And don't forget to take care of your self the day of the concert. Good rest and good nourishment. 

PLAN on parking away as we expect a large audience. Call time is seated and tuned by 6:30. We still need some volunteers if you have family that would like to help us out.

UPCOMING Keep recruiting as we have immediate openings in clarinets and percussion and will have openings starting this summer for oboe and bari sax.

See you Tuesday

Tedd

 

Prep for Dress

Team,

We got through it - you played thru the entire concert, which I felt went very well. Thank you to everyone for being there. We were only down 4 players which is great.

Our biggest challenge is we need to think ahead more - be prepared for what's next. There's still a lot of confusion on repeats, where to come, what piece is next, etc... There will be very little time between pieces - use this time to get the next piece out and remind yourself of the edits. I feel our 2nd biggest challenge is simply confidence. I encourage you to be courageous in this concert. We can do this - we've proven that. Let's all contribute at our highest level. After that we need to be tighter (less ragged) and much more in tune. Both of these require listening and adjusting constantly. 

The order for the dress and the concert are the same as last night. Please keep your music in that order. Main pieces and encores will be played almost back to back. Have them both out on your stand as if they were one. 

The dress rehearsal will go just as the concert in every way except our apparel. If possible, please come a bit early for warm up, some announcements and tuning. We will start right at 7:00 with Mitch's welcome. PLEASE INVITE INTERESTED FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO ATTEND THE DRESS REHEARSAL. A note on 'Roosters' - you can be more animated. Have more fun! It would be awesome to come up with some section choreography. We will stand as a band after the Dvorak, Danse Baccanale and the Star Spangled Banner. Spend your practice time this week on the Dvorak and the Bacchanale (and brass be sure you have the Stars & Stripes memorized).

The promotions goal this week is to go deeper - time for posters to go up, and invitations to go further. If you have any connections at local sr housing, let them know about it. And if you have any media contacts, by all means go for it!

We need some volunteers from your family and friends at the concert. 2 people to guard doors 1 and 2 so our audience can get in. 3 people to usher. Anyone know a good videographer? Could also use a photographer to take pictures during the concert and snap a formal from the balcony after.

We are starting planning for the next concert, our annual POPS, this year themed "...and now your Local News!" I have a WCCO personality lined up to be our emcee. It's going to be another fun event with some great music. But we are at a point we need to recruit some additional players to complete our roster. If you know interested musicians, please have them contact us through our website. We currently have immediate vacancies in these sections:

oboe

clarinet (up to 3)

bari sax

trumpet

percussion (up to 3)

Additional members on bassoon, bass clarinet, horn, trombone and tuba would also be considered.

Thank you everyone for your hard work preparing for this concert. It will pay off in a rewarding and memorable performance. I can't wait. See you Tuesday - and as always, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at teddggullickson.gmail.com

Tedd

Prep for 2/28

Hope you are having a good week and enjoying the weather. Our last two rehearsals for the Sousa concert will be run throughs in order. This will be the order of the music from now thru the concert:

Light Calvalry

El Capitan

Carnival of Venice

Sempre Fidelis

Carmen

Roosters

Nearer my God

Thunderer

New World

break

Dies Irae

Foshay

Funeral March

MN March

Morceau

Wash Post

Danse Bachanale

Stars & Stripes

Star Spangled

As always, make sure you are practicing to build endurance and to conquer those tough parts. Note from Mitch to also be listening and practicing his charts as he didn't get a chance to go thru them last week. Please make every effort to be at rehearsal and be on time. If you have to miss a rehearsal, please notify your section leader as a courtesy.

PROMOTION

With 3 weeks out from the big show, it's time to be sure all of your contacts have been given a 'save the date' notice. Megan's poster is a great way to do that. Be sure you are asking and senior friends - they will love this concert. If you have contacts at any sr living centers, be sure to advertise there, too. We will have more ideas on promotion as we get closer to the 7th.

NOTES

If you have family members that would like to help out the night of the concert, we could use some ushers - to help pass out programs, show the audience where the balcony is and other entrances, and to be at doors 1 & 2 so our audience is not locked out. If you have friends or family that would be willing to help, please let Mary or Margie know. We also need someone good with a camera to take a group shot after the concert. It's been awhile since we've take a formal shot - this would be a great chance to do it. We also need an easel to use during the concert to display the encore titles. If you have one we can use let us know.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions, feel free to let me know. Thanks,

Tedd

Prep for 2/14 rehearsal

Take a look at this video. It is of Keith Brion (the scholar who has arranged many Sousa marches) directing his 'New Sousa Band'. They dress in period costuming and decorate in the exact way Sousa used to do it. You will see how Sousa would stage the Stars and Stripes Forever - the piccolos, the brass to the front. This is what we are trying to emulate:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VswA4D4A9GE

Thanks to everyone for pitching in on this special event. We are getting very close the performance day. I have decided to cut the 'A' section in Light Cavalry - we will skip from A to D. As one of you said, it's almost impossible to sound good in this key with a group that only meets once a week. Instead put your practice energies into the Danse Bacchanale and New World.

Remember to bring your stand lights this Tuesday as we have no bulbs left on stage. I have some extras I will bring - if you have extras please bring to share with your band mates. 

Keep the promotions up. Who should you tell? friends, family, friends of your family, family of your friends, co workers, neighbors, gathering places, you name it. Print off some extra posters and put them in your car so you are ready to drop them off at: coffeehouse, restaurants, schools, churches, music store, other stores, telephone poles! And if you have any media contacts, feel free to go for it. Margie has prepared a press release. You may want to tell your fans that the concert will start at 7:00p and will be over around 8:30. We are all on the promotions committee - let's insure a standing room only crowd.

ANNOUNCEMNT: We have an opening in the CICB for baritone saxophone. Eric will be with us for this concert then has some conflicts. If you know someone, have them contact us through the website. You have been tremendous at finding us musicians to fill vacancies.

This Tuesday is our last 'regular' rehearsal, as the next two rehearsals will be run thru's. Again, please come early enough to warm up - we will tune at 7:00 and jump right into the work. Most of the notes are out - we just need some reps. Here's the plan for this Tuesday:

7:00 Samson

7:10 trumpet solo

7:20 New world

7:35 Light cavalry

7:40 Carmen

7:55 St & st

8:05 break

8:15 Roosters

8:20 El cap

8:25 Foshay

8:30 Sempre

8:35 St sp

8:40 Mitch’s time

 

 

complete rehearsal notes for sousa concert

COMPLETE REHEARSAL NOTES IN CONCERT ORDER

 

LIGHT CAVALRY

Our opener! Have fun with serious music, dramatic, animated - ala Bugs Bunny!

Exaggerate dynamic contrasts

5 + 11 if you have a rhythm, change to a whole note

Keep the ‘fanfare’ rhythm notes close, space and wait

19 a bit softer

21 add ritard

22 big timpani roll an Ab

2 before A if you have a rhythm change it to a whole note

Cut from A to D

F suddenly slower with straight 8ths from BD and CC

9 after F back to faster tempo

Accel to end

Ritard last 3 measures

 

EL CAPITAN

FENNEL scholarly edition – do as is

Form is Intro and 4 sections (repeated sections) - 2 are in 6/8, 2 are in 2/4

5 brass, pace self, alternate? dynamics!

21 dynamics

39 (2/4) not too loud - wait for louds later, observe bd & cc accents

77 not too loud 1st time – mp?

 

CARNIVAL OF VENICE

Remember, you are accompanying

1 mm=80

12 tenuto

2 b4 A no fermatas

1 b4 A add fermata on ct 2

Theme mm=88

Var I mm=68

B mm=78

Var III just play downbeats (1 and 2) for the next 8 measures, a bit slower

C mm=66

1 b4 D add fermata on ct 2 – all play Eb chord

cut from D to E

cut 3rd measure from end totally out

 

SEMPRE

Scholarly edition – play as indicated - exaggerate

1 together, wait, explode (throughout piece, e.g 9)

9 tenor and eup must be heard

9 light hearted, fun

10 trumpet 1&2, clar 1 & Efer precise, end together at 11

24 first ending is out – no repeat

26 trumpet 3&4 must be heard, but not louder than 1&2

26 clarinet 1 play lower notes, always

37surprise chord!

41 1st ending is out, no repeat

43 stick clicks high handed, add field drum

50 trumpets watch pitch on low D on pick up

51 clarinets out until 67

51 trombone 1&2 out till 82

51 field drum out till 83

51 keep bass line light

56 trumpets together, not early

58&59 low brass and ww add hairpins

67 increase weight and volume to tier 2

67 add piccs

83 add weight and volume to tier 3

99 all precision – each note clearly attacked and released

99 trumpet 1&2 play out soli

99 trumpet 3&4 2nd time only, then play out

99 play tied notes fully, don’t arrive early

last repeat is good

 

CARMEN

Use arrangers notes unless otherwise, #players, dynamics, NO CUES!

I. PRELUDE

1 lots of timp

1pompous16 no cc on count 2

17 very soft

25 dig in!

31 subito pp, almost pause before

34 braoden as go back to DC (no repeat)

II. AVEC LA GARDE MONTAINE

Extended trumpet intro, no directing

43 1st X just flute and picc

43 2nd X all, but still no trumpets

63 solo trumpet for 4 measures

67 et al – bring out all grace notes, on the beat

71 solo trumpet for 4 meas97 dig in – marcato

end big

III. LES TOREADORS

No break into this mvt

Bring out grace notes on the beat

106 separate after the quarter note

 (107)

112 not too loud

119 trumpets add cresc

124 martial, sep quarters, fanfares crisp

IV. DANSE BOHEME

Sense of urgency throughout

Clarinet, bass clar, saxes, 4th horn, euph, perc out until 163

1 bsn, 1/part horn till 163

163 all in, not too loud

flute, picc, clar, alto add accent on ct 3 m. 157, 158, 159, 160, 175, 176, 177, 178

181 bigger, alt very soft, etc

191 faster m=120

201 trumpet solo slur pick up into downbeat always

201 very light

208 start the ritard hear

209 add fermata on ct 3

210 fast m=150

211 separate quarter notes always

219 add hairpins 3 xs

last meas add fermata, release with grace notes and stinger with bd& cc accent

 

ROOSTERS

Play ink with these changes (other pencil is out)

4 sing loud and clear, be animated, move, give fun to audience

5 picc, flute, clarinet – don’t play, sing!

5 b cl, bsn, horns, tuba 1/part

5 percussion light, and sing!

5 sing ‘roosters’ – loud with clear words

10 shout ‘ as big as beer kegs’

13 and on stand on solos as indicated, spring up! Move – find the right person to fill this role!

41 duck call

42 sing and hold ‘OHHHHHH!!!”, then DS back to 5 and sing “mosquitos lay eggs in Minnesota”

after 12 2nd time jump to ‘coda’

43 no ritard

46 add fermata and trombone 1 gliss

47 trumpet mpce stand thing

47 & 48 clarinets out (but do play the last note of 48)

 

NEARER

Just as in fall concert

Lighting effect

 

ROOSTERS

Play ink with these changes (other pencil is out)

4 sing loud and clear, be animated, move, give fun to audience

5 picc, flute, clarinet – don’t play, sing!

5 b cl, bsn, horns, tuba 1/part

5 percussion light, and sing!

5 sing ‘roosters’ – loud with clear words

10 shout ‘ as big as beer kegs’

13 and on stand on solos as indicated, spring up! Move – find the right person to fill this role!

41 duck call

42 sing and hold ‘OHHHHHH!!!”, then DS back to 5 and sing “mosquitos lay eggs in Minnesota”

after 12 2nd time jump to ‘coda’

43 no ritard

46 add fermata and trombone 1 gliss

47 trumpet mpce stand thing

47 & 48 clarinets out (but do play the last note of 48)

 

THUNDERER

Mm=126

Listen to good quality recordings of these great marches

1sttime thru trio – play it soft, trumpets and trombones out, clarinets stay in the staff, sd pay on rim (no other percussion)

2nd time thru the trio – play it even softer! piccolo, efer, trumpet, trombones and percussion are all out

TROMBONES PLAY BOTH ENDINGS suddenly loud with the low brass and ww!

18 from the end (the last ‘trio’, you might have a 6 marked here, it’s in the middle of the last repeated section where the music is marked FFF) 1st time thru here play it soft with brass one on a part. Pley the first ending loud as well as the entire 2nd time as written.

Play the ‘stingers’ on all these marches accented and full length, never clipped.

 

NEW WORLD

Listen to quality recordings

Work on the 16th note runs and argegios in ww and euphs

WW feel free to adapt and edit your parts (e.g. leaving out repeated 16ths, changing 16ths to 8ths)

Beginning – watch, together, pwerful

5 Efer leave 6 meas whole notes out

9 slight pause and suddenly softer, watch pitch

9A check key

10 bit slower

12 bit slower

Watch, this is the centerpiece of the concert, enjoy playing this masterwork

 

-intermission-

 

DIES IRAE

Mad Max – Papa Murphy commercial

With fire! Very dramatic

3 crisp, exaggerate dotted 8th – 16th figure throughout, wait for the 16th (don’t rush it)

WW work your chromatic runs throughout

59 no timpani, replace with a soft bass drum roll

80 bells up, not too fast

95 trumpet timing – don’t go early

 

FOSHAY TOWER MARCH

All repeats are good

As in all of Sousa’s marches, keep all notes separated unless they are tied or slurred.

Mm=132

5 only mf, not too big, exaggerate the dynamics, like most Sousa marches – this of this first strain as a Scherzo

5 horns and tubas – your parts may seem unimportant, but they provide the energy

22 change the first time thru dynamic to piano, trumpets, euphs and trombones out first time, percussion play very soft, 2nd time as is

39 like most Sousa marches, play the trio like it’s an aria, trumpets, euphsand trombones out until pick up to 71, percussion play very soft

87 first time trumpets, euphs and trombones out, percussion play very soft – come back in on first repeat

117 bring out the ascending high ww run

Play the last note full, not short

 

FUNERAL MARCH OF A MARIONETTE

WASHINGTON POST MARCH

MORCEAU SYMPHONIQUE

MINNESOTA MARCH

 

DANSE BACHANALE

0 remember the added oboe cadenza at the beginning of the piece

1 mm=120

play the arrangers suggestion concerning numbers on a part, etc…

bring out the grace notes throughout

3 solo flute, picc and clar

upper ww – please take time to work up 11-35 & 84-100. Work them slowly to tempo. IF you can’t play these parts, please edit the part and adapt, when in doubt leave it out!

19 castanet solo – very important

92 not too short on bsn, tenor, bari, trombone, euph and tuba part

110 mm=160! Hang on, DON’T RUSH!

152 push to the end

155 add huge crescendo

last measure and a half are out

I’ll ask you all to stand after this one

 

STARS & STRIPES

Scholarly edition – play as indicated - exaggerate

5 melody don’t rush, bass line don’t drag (edit part?)

22 fl & cl bring out lower note of 8va leaps

91 dotted quarter’s heavier than 8ths

 

2nd time thru last repeat (last dogfight and trio):

78 trumpets and bones stand and go quickly to places stage front (stop playing until 95) make room for them, they have only 20”

91 HORNS UP! – match angles

91 no ritard

94 bass drum big pick up to 95

95 brass out front play only forte

109 trumpets hi C only 1 player and only if sure

at end - brass turn and go back immediately

 

STAR SPANGLED BANNER

The Star Spangled Banner became our National anthem 100 years ago this year. And it was this Sousa/Damrosch edition that was the official arrangement. Play it exactly as is. Stirring.

Rehearsal Notes from 1/7 and for 2/7

We are in the countdown to the final rehearsals for the big Sousa concert 3/7. This is the plan for this Tuesday. Please make every effort to be there and be early if at all possible to warm up and tune as we will start Dies right at 7:00. It's a big goal - no more than 10 minutes per piece:

Dies

Carnival

Carmen

Light Cavalry - beg

Samson - beg

Marionette

MN March

Foshay

El Capitan

Thunderer

St & st

St Sp B

I gave out a lot of notes at the last rehearsal. If you were gone please peruse these. If you were there please review these as I added some notes:

 LIGHT CAVALRY

Our opener! Have fun with serious music, dramatic, animated - ala Bugs Bunny!

Exaggerate dynamic contrasts

5 + 11 if you have a rhythm, change to a whole note

Keep the ‘fanfare’ rhythm notes close, space and wait

19 a bit softer

21 add ritard

22 big timpani roll an Ab

A flat city! Tempo around 138

Cut from B to D

F suddenly slower with straight 8ths from BD and CC

9 after f back to faster tempo

Accel to end

Ritard last 3 measures

 

EL CAPITAN

Form is Intro and 4 sections (repeated sections) - 2 are in 6/8, 2 are in 2/4

Label your music with these 4 sections to follow this cue:

1 brass, pace self, alternate?

1 dynamics!

2 dynamics

3 (2/4) soft!, wait for louds later, add bd & cc accents

3 trumpets out 1st half, clarinets stay in staff

4 1st time – no trumpets, trombones, picc, Efer, perc except sd on rim

4 2nd x as written, start big on pickups found in 1st ending, bells up

  

CARNIVAL OF VENICE

Remember, you are accompanying

1 mm=80

12 tenuto

2 b4 A no fermatas

1 b4 A add fermata on ct 2

Theme mm=88

Var I mm=68

B mm=78

Var III just play downbeats (1 and 2) for the next 8 measures, no upbeats)

C mm=66

1 b4 D add fermata on ct 2

cut from D to E

cut 2nd measure from end totally out

  

SEMPRE

Scholarly edition – play as indicated - exaggerate

1 together, wait, explode (throughout piece, e.g 9)

9 tenor and eup must be heard

9 light hearted, fun

10 trumpet 1&2, clar 1 & Efer precise, end together at 11

24 first ending is out – no repeat

26 trumpet 3&4 must be heard, but not louder than 1&2

26 clarinet 1 play lower notes, always

37surprise chord!

41 1st ending is out, no repeat

43 stick clicks high handed, add field drum

50 trumpets watch pitch on low D on pick up

51 clarinets out until 67

51 trombone 1&2 out till 82

51 field drum out till 83

51 keep bass line light

56 trumpets together, not early

58&59 low brass and ww add hairpins

67 increase weight and volume to tier 2

67 add piccs

83 add weight and volume to tier 3

99 all precision – each note clearly attacked and released

99 trumpet 1&2 play out soli

99 trumpet 3&4 2nd time only, then play out

99 play tied notes fully, don’t arrive early

last repeat is good

 

ROOSTERS

Play ink with these changes (other pencil is out)

4 sing loud and clear, be animated, move, give fun to audience

5 picc, flute, clarinet – don’t play, sing!

5 b cl, bsn, horns, tuba 1/part

5 percussion light, and sing!

5 sing ‘roosters’ – loud with clear words

10 shout ‘ as big as beer kegs’

13 and on stand on solos as indicated, spring up! Move – find the right person to fill this role!

41 duck call

42 sing and hold ‘OHHHHHH!!!”, then DS back to 5 and sing “mosquitos lay eggs in Minnesota”

after 12 2nd time jump to ‘coda’

43 no ritard

46 add fermata and trombone 1 gliss

47 trumpet mpce stand thing

47 & 48 clarinets out (but do play the last note of 48)

 

THUNDERER

Mm=126

Listen to good quality recordings of these great marches

1sttime thru trio – play it soft, trumpets and trombones out, clarinets stay in the staff, sd pay on rim (no other percussion)

2nd time thru the trio – play it even softer! piccolo, efer, trumpet, trombones and percussion are all out

TROMBONES PLAY BOTH ENDINGS suddenly loud with the low brass and ww!

18 from the end (the last ‘trio’, you might have a 6 marked here, it’s in the middle of the last repeated section where the music is marked FFF) 1st time thru here play it soft with brass one on a part. Pley the first ending loud as well as the entire 2nd time as written.

Play the ‘stingers’ on all these marches accented and full length, never clipped. 

 

DIES IRAE

Mad Max – Papa Murphy commercial

With fire! Very dramatic

3 crisp, exaggerate dotted 8th – 16th figure throughout, wait for the 16th (don’t rush it)

WW work your chromatic runs throughout

59 no timpani, replace with a soft bass drum roll

80 bells up, not too fast

95 trumpet timing – don’t go early

 

STARS & STRIPES

Scholarly edition – play as indicated - exaggerate

5 melody don’t rush, bass line don’t drag (edit part?)

22 fl & cl bring out lower note of 8va leaps

91 dotted quarter’s heavier than 8ths 

2nd time thru last repeat (last dogfight and trio):

78 trumpets and bones stand and go quickly to places stage front (stop playing until 95) make room for them, they have only 20”

91 HORNS UP! – match angles

91 no ritard

94 bass drum big pick up to 95

95 brass out front play only forte

109 trumpets hi C only 1 player and only if sure

at end - brass turn and go back immediately

 

STAR SPANGLED BANNER

The Star Spangled Banner became our National anthem 100 years ago this year. And it was this Sousa/Damrosch edition that was the official arrangement. Play it exactly as is. Stirring.