I think as musicians we tend to have high hopes for our concerts and various events we’re involved in. Despite our sometimes less than cheery demeanor, we’re an optimistic lot who strive to make ourselves and those around us better. It’s just the way we’re wired I suppose. Maybe that’s why I love hanging out with musicians?
Last fall, I was contacted by the great trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Steve Lange. Steve is also a faculty member at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Steve asked if I would like to be the guest artist at this year’s Brass Bash event at NEC. It took me all of two and a half seconds to utter a resounding YES! Perhaps not the best negotiating stance, but I’m sure Steve appreciated my enthusiasm for the event.
Brass Bash took place three weeks ago and was one of the most exhilarating and inspiring events I’ve ever been involved in. Working with the students at NEC and having them perform my music, and performing with the great BSO section, was splendiferous. I’m grateful to Steve and everyone involved for the care and passion they brought to the proceedings. I would like to make special mention of the virtuosic job Mr. Jim Markey did in performing my piece Trombone Institute of Technology. At the risk of crossing the ever present line of offensiveness, if the term “bad ass” doesn’t apply to Mr. Markey, it may be time to stricken it from the vernacular. The evening was capped off with a fantastic hang with my buddies Steve and Jim from Cape Cod and the omnipotent Wes Hopper. Too much fun indeed. A word to the wise, get your tickets early for Brass Bash 2014! It’s awesome!!
From the sublime to the ridiculous, 30 years ago tomorrow I got on Buddy Rich’s Band. It was always a dream of mine to play on one of the big bands and for that to become a reality is something I’m extremely grateful for, even 30 years later. Here’s to all the dreams, experiences and people that help shape our lives and careers. Thank you Buddy!