To say Happy New Year, here is a YouTube video featuring the excellent euphonium playing of David Thornton. He does the theme and variations version of Auld Lang Syne. This is a slide show with sound, not a live video. Enjoy!
Courtesy of The United States Navy Band, we have posted a free MP3 download of the Band's recording "The Italian Girl in Algiers" by Gioachino Rossini. There are some great lines in this music for all the low brass players. Enjoy!
Italian Girl in Algiers - U.S. Navy Band
40 years ago today, our Apollo 8 astronauts were circling the Moon. Here is the message they pronounced over the radio to all of Earth:
We are now approaching lunar sunrise and, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
Here is a new YouTube video with a couple of Christmas songs from the low brass section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Playing in a very informal setting, you will hear Eric Carlson-Bass Trumpet, Jeff Lang- Wagner Tuba, Matt Vaughn-Euphonium, and Carol Jantsch- Tuba.
My all-time favorite Steven Mead album is available one again. It was first released around 1990, if memory serves. The playing is superb, of course, but combined with the selections listed below, it becomes a great album. On the list are a wide variety of musical styles. You will find some lovely slow pieces, such as Nessun Dorma and Estrellita; a great standard among Salvation Army and other euphonium player, Call of the Seasons; a very traditional theme and variations solo, Rule Britannia; a