1984 Kanstul F Besson MEHA
1952 Olds Recording LA
1972 Bach Stradivarius 37
1951 Leblanc Cornet Paris
For me, the major advantage to memorizing a piece is being able to stare down the conductor. (tee-hee)
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
in high school [back in the 60s] we had to memorise all half time music [ a new show every game], when in the clown band had to memorise both 1st and 3rd parts [a new 15 minute show each year plus all other tunes we played just to entertain]. now in my 60s I find it very diffacult to memorise music, used to know Stars and Stripes, Banner and other tunes but now it just isn't there. Always used to stand for the last chorus of S&S but would hate to try it now.
formerly known as old geezer Dave
Chicago Benge 33XX
Blessing 1580 [ Powell modified ]
Getzen 800s ml Cornet P02819
Yam. 231 Fl. 15383
King Master Cornet 295628
assorted other horns
NOW - I am getting so upset at all those people blessed with good memories -- they are making the rest of us look bad
Anyone can memorize 5 minutes worth of music if you play it every day over and over.
However, when you play regularly with a couple big bands, a quintet, a rock band and a church choir, that's approaching 1000 arrangements.
Yep, that's me. Do I memorize? Nope, only the stuff I know "accidentally" because I've played it a lot and its easy can I play without music.
Stop acting like someone shot your dog.
Oh, Heavens! I had to play The Stars and Stripes, Forever! forever it seems and it was my solo trumpet rendition of it that got me in the high school band while I was still just having started 8th grade. I probably played it better then than I can presently.
Our instrumental music instructor and High School Band Director was Dr. Walter H. Cameron who had been cornetist 1926-31 with Sousa's second commercial band.
Not long before my late brother died, we got in a hot discussion about it and I said I wouldn't play it again because I didn't have or know how to play a C piccolo, but possibibly could transpose that piccolo part for a piccolo trumpet and could then play it if I had one. About 2 weeks before my late brother died, he sent me my Schilke P5-4 which may not have been new, but looked and played like it was. My saddest regret is that my brother did not live long enough to listen to my rendition as I performed on all my brass horns. That rendition was made before I encountered major dental and health issues.
I am irked by the U.S. Marine Corps Band rendition where they crescendo basses and drums in the finale to totally wipe out the reprise of the piccolo part. Sousa didn't write such a crescendo!
Lately, I listened to the following as presents a superior rendition than that of the USMC Band or my own:
YouTube - ‪Flash Mob at Cape Cod Stop and Shop - Spirit of America‬‏
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