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  1. Dale Proctor

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    Here's a Christmas show I played 6 performances of through last weekend. The whole thing is good, but if you're short of time, watch at 19:00 and at 01:11:10. Click on the Living Christmas Tree player in the center of the page.

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  2. A.N.A. Mendez

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    Was that you screaming' ?? :-) Good stuff, lucky you!
     
  3. Buck with a Bach

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    Quite a group you had there,Dale. I participated in a Living Tree production back in the '80's at the First Christian Church here in Canton. It was a fairly large church as well, but not quite as big a production as the one you were in. Not nearly the amount of musicians involved. Got my first taste of picc trumpet in that one, barely got by with it. I was just coming off carpel tunnel surgery at that point( my first one), just barely had my fingers going. :oops:
     
  4. Dale Proctor

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    I wish! Nope, I played 1st and 2nd, depending on the piece, but I can't pop out a G above high C like that. That same guy ended another piece late in the show with a A above high C. I'm resigned to the fact that I'll never be able to do that. It was a fun gig, though. What you don't see is that we played pre-concert music for 30 minutes before what you see recorded here, and this was the second performance of the day.
     
  5. Buck with a Bach

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    I'm assuming you were using the 43 for this:oops:
     
  6. Dale Proctor

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    I played the 43 on Thur and Fri nights, but I played the last 4 performances (2 on Sat and 2 on Sun) on my 1929 Conn 22B. It has a smoother sound and at the same time was easier to play high on. I used my Curry 3M. mouthpiece on it and on the 43. The 22B was pretty amazing overall...I haven't played it very much in the past, but I was not satisfied with the sound I was getting on the 43, so I took a chance and switched horns between performances. This recording of the LCT is on the 22B.
     
  7. Buck with a Bach

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    Nice to know that an oldie can still hack it with the newer models:oops:
     
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    Very nice, Dale! A beautiful presentation! We used to do a Living Christmas Tree at our church. I played in them for over 20 years, and at the peak we did 15 performances (over a two week period) of the presentation. It was great fun. We never had an orchestra quite as large as yours, but at times we had 35 or so playing (5 trumpets). We now do a much smaller Christmas program with only three performances this year. Still a great experence. I do miss participating in the Living Christmas Trees, though. Thanks for sharing!

    Steve
     
  10. Vulgano Brother

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    The last pageant-like thing I played had a rotten conductor who (besides not paying anything) insisted we hold the trumpet vertically on our right legs when not playing. Stupid. Seriously stupid. The music was junk. The congregation, however, seemed to think he was a gift from God and evidently he did too. I stole a hymnal after the gig and never played such a gig again.

    When I moved to Germany I got to play Bach's Christmas Oratorio time and time again. No pageantry, no pomp. Just honestly heartfelt music.

    Paid well, too.
     

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