Hi Fellow Trumpeters,
I just wanted to share how GR saved my life once again :-). This is my latest experience working with Gary and I hope that some of you can benefit from it.
This December I was invited once again to play principal trumpet for Classical/Pops Barbados ( check out the link at http://classicalpops.com/
all-star-orchestra/). This turned out to be a great gig (in paradise) and a good time was had by all, but there was some stress involved for the trumpets. Here is this year's program for the first night of the festival, “Film Night”:
Max Steiner (1888-1971 ) King Kong Overture
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Mambo from West Side Story
Alex North (1910-1991 ) Suite from Streetcar Named Desire
Henry Mancini (1924-1994) Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's
John Barry (1933-201 ) The Best of Bond
Rlchard Strauss (1864-1949( Fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra
(2001: A Space Odyssey)
Main Theme from Star Wars
Miklos Rozsa (1907-1995) Parade of the Charioteers from Ben Hur
James Homer ('1953-2015) Main Title and End Credits from Braveheart
Traditional Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) (no orchestra)
Yoda's Theme torn Star Wars
Hans Zfmmer (b. 1957) Suite tom Pirates of the Caribbean
And of course then there was an encore; “E.T. Adventures on Earth.”
Now that looks like a pretty typical pops program, until you check out the actual sheet music and see what three players with no assistant have to do. Very fortunately for me, this year I was joined by Billy Hunter, a principal player from the Met and Larry Larson, principal in Kitchener-Waterloo (a fellow GR guy) so we had a great team.
Steve, Billy, Larry
Once I saw the program and received the music (and realized that my regular orchestral equipment would not cut it for this show) I was trying to find a mouthpiece to get that terrific sound that the LA recording guys do on the movie scores.
Of course since I am a GR dealer and consultant, I do have a few mouthpieces available to try :-). The closest match I had handy was a 67 M with a #3 backbore; great on C trumpet! Unfortunately, not being the brightest bulb on the tree I went blasting through the program (on an unfamiliar mouthpiece that was not my normal rim) until I eventually hurt myself.
Now, in big trouble, with the gig a week away I called Gary and got the piece made in my custom rim. (Don’t be like me. Please plan ahead. Kindly do not do this last minute thing to Gary.) Soon I was feeling better and by the time the concerts and rehearsals rolled around I am happy to say that the trumpet section got the job done in style and are looking forward to meeting next year in paradise.
I guess the moral of the story is… be prepared! So if any of you orchestra guys have to play those face busting movie music programs (with no assistant!) it would be a very smart idea to put something like the “Emery M #3BB” in your kit. Try it. You’ll like it!