..... and in his spare time Ed is doing a combined Business / Law double undergraduate degree by distance learning.Yup, lots of music on my agenda now. When I got home from the dentist yesterday, I played straight through the beginners Standards of Excelllence Books 1 thru 3. 4 & 5 I may play today. The rationale for this is that I'll be tutoring 6 (so far signed up) students on trumpet this fall.
Recently, I've been monitoring the practice sessions of a local Jackson NC country music band ... really a genre of music that is almost non-existant in my repertoire but is the primary one of what goes in this area, the other 2 being blue grass and gospel. I am in a quandry as to how to put brass into the blue grass sound and have all but eliminated the possibility of Bb and C trumpets, but am leaving open for now the picc and the potential of a flugel (the latter I don't yet play or have). I guess I'll just have to compose my own song in that genre. While maybe not always lead, I can forsee a trumpet in country music.
Too, I'm extending myself in acquiring pre-owned student quality band instruments, getting them rehabbed to good playability and re-selling them to a start-up private music school in nearby Roanoke Rapids. The owner of this school is also the instrumental music instructor and band director of Northampton (County NC) West High School. In the wind is a merger of Northampton West and East High Schools as involves construction of an all new high school. Well, in this economy it won't happen for the 2011-12 school year, and is almost as unlikely to happen any year later that I'll know of, but the facilities of both schools are presently in deteriorating and detrimental condition.
Third, I'm prepping for a church solo and fourth, joining a community band being organized by the foregoing private music school but that has hit a stall in the "escape" of the percussion instructor to pursue his master's degree.
Lastly, I'm compiling a repertoire for the potential of my own 7 piece ensemble that will be 20% big band, 20% 50s favorites, 20% country, 20% current favorites, and 20% a mix of jazz and and anything else. Suggestions welcome!
Otherwise, it's back to the "grind" of routine practice sessions to retrieve my prior capability and improve thereupon. Such is not really a "grind", but it is an essential regimen that I really am enjoying. Already had a 1 hour go this morning before my wife woke up with my Silent Brass mute, another planned later this afternoon and possibly another later tonight.
P.S. I live in Jackson as is the county seat of Northampton County NC whose Northern border is the VA-NC line and lays East of I-95 approx 16 miles on U.S. 158.