I have been asked to play in a brass quintet on the second Trumpet part and of course have accepted most graciously. Having never played in this capacity I thought I’d post this out here and see what suggestions I might be able to get from the valuable resources that are here at TM.
The piece were playing is “The Maid of the Mist” by Herbert L. Clarke. Kind of reminds me of the boats by the same name that take you up under Niagara Falls.
Of course I’ll be wood shedding my piece and I was given a stated tempo in the neighborhood of ¼ = 90 beats per minute. What I’m looking for are general suggestions for playing in this setting.
I assume that I will need to keep a keen ear to the 1st Trumpet player and be certain to maintain proper balance with him as well as the rest of the group. I’m sure that now more then ever dynamics will be VERY important.
I’ve transposed and transcribed my part from Bb to C so that I can use my Bach 229/25A on this piece as I believe it has a better sound and will complement the lead players Bach Bb. We’ll be playing just prior to a High School Band Concert in an auditorium that seats in the ballpark of 700 to 1000. I’m not nervous yet but I’m sure I will be!
So; any suggestions?