Kanstul Herald Trumpets Chosen To Lead Rose Parade

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  1. Kanstulbrass

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Kanstul herald trumpets will lead the 121st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade this year down Colorado Blvd on January 1st, after first taking part in opening ceremonies featuring a US Navy jet fly-over, pyrotechnics and the introduction of Grand Marshal Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. The herald trumpet players will then board a special float which will carry them as they escort Captain Sullenberger along the parade route. The float - sponsored by NAMM, the International Music Products Association - will lead the parade down Pasadena's famed Colorado Blvd.

    The theme of this year's parade will be "2010: A Cut Above The Rest", and according to Kanstul sales manager Charles Hargett, the choice to use Kanstul instruments "couldn't be more appropriate".

    For the occasion, the instrument selected by organizers (which includes NAMM, Farmers Insurance and Corporate Magic) is Kanstul's Model 1100 Bb Melody Herald Trumpet, identical to those used by the US Army Band in Washington, DC.

    The Rose Parade will be broadcast on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA, NBC, RFD-TV, Travel Channel and Univision. The parade is also seen in more than 200 international territories and countries.

    Kanstul Musical Instruments is located in Anaheim, California. More information can be found at Kanstul.com
     
  2. A.N.A. Mendez

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    YEA! Good!
     
  3. Kanstulbrass

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    It's ok now for me to add the following update: I will be one of the eight players to ride atop the NAMM float, but first we'll herald the beginning of the Rose Parade and introduce this year's Grand Marshall, Capt. Sullenberger. As you see his car pass the cameras, we'll be climbing up the NAMM float where we'll finish the parade playing fanfares, "Strike Up The Band" and more!

    Kanstul Musical Instruments was *this* close to hosting a live remote broadcast for tv station KTLA on New Year's Eve for the 7am to 10am news. Logistically it wasn't going to work out, but we did speak to KTLA producers about it. Maybe next time!
     
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  4. Bourbon City

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    If you need another player, let me know. I am available.
     
  5. ComeBackKid

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    Who are the other 7? Taking nominations??
     
  6. dhbailey

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    I watched the parade and have to say that the Kanstul herald trumpets sounded fantastic! Great job! And I very much appreciated how much emphasis they put on the marching bands -- I hope every school-aged musician was watching so they could know that somewhere at least their membership in their school bands is appreciated.
     
  7. mattc

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    I watched the start of the parade and bits and pieces throughout. First time in a long while I did that.

    The fanfare trumpets at the beginning were very good, but I have two quibbles--

    I didn't like what I took to be recorded music that went with the opening sequence.

    Also, wasn't the fanfare trumpet opening usually PCC (Pasadena City College) players? Or were they always later with the rose queen float?
     
  8. JWitz

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    It was great to meet you Mr. Hargett at the end of the parade, the Kanstul Herald looks awesome. I watched the beginning of the Parade the minute I got home and it sounded fantastic! I got the honor of marching the the PCC Heralds this year, 9 other excellent high school musicians and myself, a PCC student, heralded in the new year down colorado in front of the Queen's float!
     
  9. Kanstulbrass

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    Regarding the track (the previously recorded music), I agree. We practiced that double tongue run and had it as tight as the original recording. However, due to the variables of the opening show - click track but only a limited number of ear buds, ambient crowd noise, sirens, jet flyover (though it was rescheduled just seconds prior to the beginning of the show!), directional mics on the cameras, distance apart between each other and the band, etc. - it was decided by the director to feed the track only to the broadcast. I promise you, however, that we did play it, and the live audience did hear us perform that music cleanly.

    James: yes, it was good to meet you in the park there at the end. My experience with the PCC heralds (1982-83) is that they work hard and execute well, and I don't doubt that this year was any different! Sorry, I was so busy wolfing down my In-n-Out burger(s). The RCC heralds were being sewn into our costumes while the rest of the band had breakfast, and all that was left for us was dried oatmeal and Coco-puffs. If there is opportunity in the future it would be great to do some joint fanfares, wouldn't it?

    All the best,
     
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  10. mattc

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    Charles,

    I had no doubts you guys really did it--and that it was really good live.

    I don't agree with the director's vision here. Using a recorded track to introduce a parade is just jarring to me. I expect a natural, live performance sound (be it trumpet, band or whatever).

    My expectation is that you guys kicked butt (to put it in technical terms). I grew up a ways down Katella from you guys and I'm used to the sounds of the fanfare trumpets at D-Land. Those guys were always pretty amazing to me, and I expect that the lead off for the Rose Parade to be of that quality.
     

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