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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by T-Money, Nov 27, 2014.
How good are the trumpet players in the military?
"The military" is a pretty broad subset. Due to the increasing availability of top players, the military bands have also increased in quality. Some of the worlds best players have full time military jobs. The qualifications to get in require excellent playing, good sightreading capability and staying in requires an attitude and inner drive.
Google Liesl Whitaker for a good example of what is going on...........
Well, LOL, Liesl is the best among the best. All military trumpeters are not at her level, but in some of the services, (USAF for example), her level of playing is indicative of the quality of players.
Loss of the stigma of being in the military, a slow economy, the unavailability of performing jobs, and importantly, the closing down of many bands (making it more people are fighting harder for the same few jobs), have all contributed to raising the quality across the board of military bands. Also, the pay and benefits are quite good.
If you really want to know, just go to youtube and listen to the recordings of military bands. That should tell you pretty much what you want to know.
A bit of Army flash mob in action, demonstrating the range of styles they can accommodate.
Flashmob of British Army musicians surprises Christmas shoppers in Gateshead's Metrocentre - YouTube
Depends on where in the world you are looking at. There are some awful bands (and musicians) around everywhere; but there are some amazing musicians around as well. Ever heard the Band of the Royal Gurkhas?
Or the Royal Jordanian Army Band?
The RAAF band has long been once of the best bands in Australia. It's provided a kick off for the professional careers of many fine musicians many of who have continued as successful performers, teachers or in academia.
Specifically about trumpet players, I had a great ex-RAAF trumpet teacher in high school - Norm Bass who also did a lot of commercial work, playing with acts that visited Melbourne in the '70s. The current RAAF band has a pretty handy trumpet player, Mick Fraser who keeps good company outside of the RAAF...
Jazz Musician James Morrison plays Scream Machine live - YouTube
Just to be clear, my comments are in reference to US bands, and the Air Force in particular.
This is another one of those threads where the owner didn't even bother to mention the motivation for asking. In this respect, the answers are just a guesstimate about what could be desired. Funny enough, if you youtube military band, you get some pretty incredible stuff..
So can we assume that the thread owner is a high schooler perhaps interested in a military career? If so, a degree in trumpet performance could be useful. This is not a continuation of highschool or community band. Sightreading skills and flexibility of genre are critical.
Yep. It's not like in the old days. Many of the bands have (or at least used to) bios of their players on their home pages. Almost to a person, they are degreed and from good schools, too.
Check out "The Airmen Of Note" the are about as fine a big band as any band in the world!
I believe their CDs are still free to download as they are government band.
Their Christmas CD with Christmas tunes in the style of famous big band tunes is UNBELIEVABLE!!!
Check Out "Cool Yule" http://rewindplay.com/airmenofnote/sounds/mp32414/coolyule/01 Jing, Jing, Jing 1.mp3 in the style of Sing, Sing, Sing
http://rewindplay.com/airmenofnote/sounds/mp32414/coolyule/02 Santanooga Choo Choo 1.mp3 In the style of Chatanooga Choo Choo.
http://rewindplay.com/airmenofnote/sounds/mp32414/coolyule/03 Up On The Housetop 1.mp3 In the style of Peanut Vendor
All Tunes are here.
Airmen of Note Audio | Cool Yule