What's your favorite musical ensemble?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by melodictrumpet, Mar 8, 2011.

What's your favorite large musical ensemble?

  1. Concert Band

    5 vote(s)
    10.4%
  2. Symphony Orchestra

    14 vote(s)
    29.2%
  3. British Brass Band

    9 vote(s)
    18.8%
  4. Brass Choir

    6 vote(s)
    12.5%
  5. Big Band

    14 vote(s)
    29.2%
  1. melodictrumpet

    melodictrumpet New Friend

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    Tell us all the musical ensembles you play in and pick a single favorite out of all of them and explain why you like it above the others.
     
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  2. rainbowboy023

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    I play in 5 groups professionally including a symphony orchestra, a big band, a brass quintet, a chamber wind nonet, and a jazz septet and in 2 amateur groups a British brass band and a concert band. My favorite ensemble out of these would be a brass quintet because I enjoy the intimacy of a small group and also enjoy switching between horns (I'll often Bb, C, Eb/D, piccolo, cornet, and flugel in 1 concert) as well as all the mutes I get to use and the versatility of the group as well as the sound it has. Since brass quintets on their, I chose brass choir since I suppose one could say a brass quintet is a mini brass choir.
     
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  3. stumac

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    A toss between Big band and Brass Choir, play Big band every week, Brass Choir only once a year at Music camp, enjoy playing in all forms. although I havent played Brass Band for 60+ years.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  4. melodictrumpet

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    I play in a big band, jazz quintet, concert band and orchestra, I chose orchestra while I love the sound of brass, I don't like the sound of a lot off brass, in my opinion brass should only make up a 4th or less of an ensemble.
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    The consummate trumpeter wants it all! Any opportunity to make music is equally rewarding. I don't consider a brass quitet to be a choir so my fav. wasn't listed. I like groups with one player per part (except for the strings or woodwinds).
     
  6. Branson

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    The smaller the group, the better the players have to be.
     
  7. keehun

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    Just on a purely musical thought, and stepping away from the "Large Ensemble" criteria for a second, I honestly think a String Quartet has possibly the most beautiful and perfect sound on earth, if performing at the top caliber level.
     
  8. bumblebee

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    You mean in a really large group the players can all be rubbish? :lol:

    --bumblebee
     
  9. flugelgirl

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    I LOVE playing in big bands! I've been gigging with big bands since I was 15 yrs old, and get a tremendous amount of joy out of it. I also enjoy Jazz combos, and brass quintets. The others...well, not that I hate them or get nothing musically fulfilling from them, but they are not the groups I prefer to play in if I have a choice. The one thing I HATE and will NEVER do again when I retire from the Navy is marching band. I can't find a single musically redeeming quality about it and never will.
     
  10. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    That is pretty naive and I think 101 Chicago Symphony Orchestra players would disagree.

    The results with mediocre players in a brass quintet are no different than with a wind band.
     

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