Immer Masterclass Ferrara, Italy, 27-29 March 2015

9/29 - On 27-29 March 2015, the association Amici della Musica di Sant’Agostino from Ferrara (Italy) under the artistic direction and contribution of the Ensemble Ottoni Romantici, will hold the 7th International Masterlclass on Baroque Trumpet. The Masterclass is taking place in Sant’Agostino (Ferrara), and will be led this year by Friedemann Immer. Both individual and group lessons are available and masterclass topics will include performance techniques, historical interpretation of the trumpet repertoire for soloists and orchestra, and the trumpet and timpani ensemble. Click here to request further information.

World Record Shofar Ensemble

9/29 - 1043 shofar players blew their way into the history books on Sunday in Whippany, New Jersey, setting a new record for the world’s largest shofar ensemble. Participants blasted the shofars in unison for five straight minutes in the parking lot of the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus. The purportedly "meditative" sound of the horns gave way to jubilant cheers, as instrumentalists and spectators celebrated the achievement. New Jersey now can ring in the Jewish New Year on Wednesday with bragging rights as home of the biggest shofar band on the planet, at least according to Guinness World Records.

Big Carl Resurfaces

9/29 - Big Carl, the giant tuba that was on display for decades over the entrance door of the music publisher Carl Fischer has resurfaced after mysteriously disappearing in 1999. There is still much mystery about Big Carl, all 8 feet tall, 60 feet of tubing, 100 pounds of the BBBb monster. An article in the September 27, 2014 issue of the New York Times describes much of what is known about the instrument (it's valves are not functioning). The instrument was made in Bohemia by Bohland and Fuchs. Carl Fischer had Steve Dillion restore the instrument and there is talk of Big Carl making an appearance at he Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and at the Tuba Christmas Concert in Rockeffeller Center in New York. The instrument currently resides in a small conference room at 48 Wall Street in New York.  A NY Times video describes the instrument.

Low Brass Conference: “From the serpent to the tuba”

9/17 - A special conference on many aspects of low brass instruments will take place from November, the 7th to 9th., 2014 in at the Stiftung Koster Michaelstein in Blankenburg, Germany. Of special interest to HBS members will be the presentation of the HBS Christopher Monk Award to Arnold Myers.

Click here for the pdf of the program with further information: tubakonferenz_2014.pdf Click here for the English-language program: programme_eng.doc. Click here for the full website: http://www2.kloster-michaelstein.de/de/start

 

2014 HBS Christopher Monk Award to Arnold Myers

9/17 - The distinguished organologist, Arnold Myers will be the recipient of the 2014 Historic Brass Society Christopher Monk Award. The Award will be presented to Arnold Myers by HBS member Sabine Klaus, at Michaelstein during the special low  brass conference, From Serpent to Tuba,  which will be held  on November 7-9, 2014. The Christopher Monk Award was established to honor distinguished members of the brass community for significant and life-long contributions to the field.

A special plaque will be inscribed with the following: Arnold Myers is one of the most distinguished organologists and musical instrument curators of his generation. Throughout his career he has worked tirelessly and with the highest scholarly standards to increase understanding of brass musical instruments. His work has benefited performers, other researchers, his students and the public at large.

2014 Vintage Band Festival

  
8/6 - Paul Niemisto once again organized the Vintage Band Festival on August 2, 2014 in Northfield, MN. There were 12 bands presented in concerts over a period of 12 hours. Pictured above are the "Roving Ophicleides" (Paul Schmidt and Clark Wolf), who have been present at each of the past VBFs. The next VBF will be
held on July 28-31, 2016 in Northfield, which will be held in conjunction with the annual HBS Early Brass Festival conference.

Kickstarter Campaign for Horn Recording

8/6 - Anneke Scott is looking to raise money to fund a recording project on J.-F. Gallay's Opera Fantasies. For further information on the project and information on how you can support her work, click here.

Trevor Herbert Receives Baines Prize

8/6 - The Galpin Society has awarded the 16th Anthony Baines Memorial Prize to Trevor Herbert. The Baines Prize, established in 1997, is presented to musicians who have made important contributions to the field of organology. Trevor Herbert was noted, not only for his important scholarly contributions to the field of organology and the history of music and instruments but his important contributions as a teacher and performer as well. Herbert has written or co-authored many important books and articles including; "The British Brass Band", "Music in Words", "The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments", "The Trombone", and most recently, "Music and the British Military in the Long 19th Century." Trevor Herbert is a long-time member of the Historic Brass Society Board of Directors and the HBS Editorial Board as well as a past recipient of the HBS Christopher Monk Award. 

Adolphe Sax 2014 Bicentenary Conference

Adrian Steiger Trevor Herbert and Arnold MyersAl Rice and Arnold Myers

7/8 - The Historic Brass Society joined forces with the Musical Instrument Museum of Brussels and Belgian Society of Musicology in presenting a conference celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of great Belgian instrument maker, Adolphe Sax. The conference held in the beautiful city of Brussels on July 3-5, 2014 was a great success and paved the way for future research on Sax as well as other 19th century brass topics. Click here for the Program and Lecture Abstracts.

Photo captions: Adrian Steiger (left), Trevor Herbert and Arnold Myers (center), Al Rice and Arnold Myers (right)

Danny Lucin Cornetto Mouthpieces

6/6 - Danny Lucin is now making cornetto mouthpieces and has a variety of styles with a range of different shapes & sizes to suit individual requirements.
Mouthpiece Specs:
Total length: 34mm
Cup diameter: 14mm or 15mm (or larger if required)
Rim: 2mm, 2.5mm or 3mm (trumpet style mouthpiece)
Shank length: 18mm
Shank diameter: 8mm - will fit a Monk plastic instrument
Throat: 2.9mm with a tapered back-bore
Material: Black buffalo horn

Price: $80 AUD

For further information email danny@lacompania.com.au

Bugles Across America

5/29 - In response to cutting back of the playing of TAPS in live performance by buglers for American military men and women, in 2000, Tom Day made it his mission to have TAPS played by a bugle player at every military funeral across the country. He created Bugles Across America to achieve that goal. For further information please visit  www.buglesacrossamerica.org.

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