Rich Willey clinic in Huntsville

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  1. Bill

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    Nov 11, 2003
    Madison (Huntsville) AL
    Mr. BeBoppin Fool came to visit Saturday and Sunday
    and brought with him a 7 and half hour tour-de force
    clinic. He also brought his lovely wife Janet...I
    tried to persuade him to take his clinic on home and
    leave Janet, but he didn't think that was much of a
    good idea. :)

    I assembled a group of 13 trumpet players from our
    area and we sat and listened and played along with
    Rich at our Church in Madison Alabama. The morning
    session gave us some real hands on instruction of the
    importance of breath attacks during the warmup.
    Everyone got the chance to blow - there were skill
    levels from a full time pro player (who actually was a
    trombone player)to a high school student to a french
    horn player who just started doubling on trumpet.
    Rich had something for everyone. There were a whole
    lot of basic things he went over that made a lot sense
    to us all.

    After a short lunch we headed into the (uncharted for
    us) area of jazz improvisation. He's certainly one of
    the best out there I've ever met in not only being
    able to play - but being able to compile and instruct
    a neophyte group of mostly amatuers how to start
    thinking about playing jazz. Some of what he was
    talking about and doing went so far over my head I
    needed binoculars to even see the contrails - but by
    4:30 p.m. it was starting to make sense. The last 1/2
    hour was a great play along that involved everyone.

    Sunday Rich returned to our Church and did a duet
    prelude with me on 3 Movements from the Water Music
    (another clinic attendee also had the chance to play
    with him on Movement 2)and anchored our Trumpet Choir
    of Eric Ewazen's Prelude and Fugue for 6 Trumpets for
    both services.

    It's amazing how one's skill/performance level comes
    up a notch or 2 when playing next to someone vastly
    superior to yourself. I really felt "brought to
    another level" while playing alongside Rich on the
    Handel pieces. I felt very comfortable and confident
    playing with Rich...he never made me feel like the
    hack that I am. I almost felt like a real pro next to
    him for that short while.

    All in all it was a great trumpet weekend. I
    absolutley will endorse Rich and recommend him highly
    to anyone interested in putting together a clinic like
    this. He's a consummate gentleman, a great player, an
    excellent instructor and has a wonderful sense of
    humor. I feel quite priveleged to be able to know him
    and call him a friend.

    I've just got to find a way to get him to lend us
    Janet for awhile next time... :)

    Bill Mirrielees

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