2nd QUESTION for MR. LAUREANO

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  1. orchtrpt

    orchtrpt Pianissimo User

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    Ok round two..... Manny can you tell us who played the first spot before you in your band? Was it Charles Schlueter. I could be way off but I thought he played there before Boston.... But then I know he has been in Boston for a long long time. Anyway I'd be curious to know who came before you.. Why the spot opened up... What was that audition like.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    I was born in a log cabin in Illinois...

    Whoops, wrong history.


    In 1981 I was playing in Seattle when the Boston symphony announced the first trumpet vacancy. Rolf Smedvig wanted to do much more with Empire so he said goodbye to Boston and devoted his energies to the quintet.

    Charlie was playing in Minnesota at the same time.

    I played a tape round in Boston alog with about 90 others, got asked to play semi finals and showed in Boston a few weeks later. They heard 10 of us and I got passed on to a final five which included among others, Tim Morrison, Ramon Parcells and myself.

    It got down to me but I didn't do a good enough job convincing Ozawa and the committee so they asked me to play another final round with 4 other players that were to be invited. Among them was Charlie Schlueter. Charlie got the job and they held auditions in Minnesota. No one was chosen.

    They heard about this kid in Seattle who had done well in Boston and I was invited along with John Raschella, Wilmer Wise, Larry Weeks, and John Aley to play three rounds in Minneapolis.

    The 1st round was with the brass section only. The next day the 2nd was with the orchestra playing excerpts, and the 3rd (the same day) was a solo audition.

    After the solo round I was informed I had won. John R., John A, and Wilmer have been my friends ever since so I won more than a job that day.

    Larry Weeks died a tragic death in an air accident years later, I'm sorry to say. I'm sure many of you knew that.


    That's the story, anyways. After 23 plus years it's still a great job and thank God for my good fortune everyday.

    ML
     
  3. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    I demand a recount :lol:
    Wilmer
     
  4. orchtrpt

    orchtrpt Pianissimo User

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    It is awesome to have you here Manny! Thanks for the info and I can't wait to learn more from you. You too Wilmer :D Great to have you!
     
  5. JackD

    JackD Mezzo Forte User

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    orchtpt - have you seen Derek Reaban's project over on TH? If you're interested in this sort of stuff (who was playing with which orchestra when etc.) it's definitely worth a look.
     
  6. wiseone2

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    That audition was,in my humble opinion, the best run audition I have ever been a part of.

    We played with the section, then the full ensemble, and finally alone on stage. They, The Minnesota Orchestra, really knew how to run an audition. It's a pity the CSO can't seem to do the same.

    Oh.........and there was no behind the screen junk, it was a fair audition.
    I remember it as a chop-buster, but I can't remember what we played...............C.R.S. :oops:

    Manny has become my symphony role model.

    Wilmer
     
  7. JackD

    JackD Mezzo Forte User

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    Wilmer - I've got a question for you! What has been your most enjoyable musical experience?

    Glad to see you posting here,

    Jack.
     

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