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Brass Links and Resources ~ A Select List

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Mostly trombone … sorry about that!

Joseph Alessi plays Ropartz
2010 concert at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Hungary.

JJ Johnson 'Indiana' Trombone Solo
A transcription of JJ's solo from the album The Birdlanders.

Silent Monks Singing Halleluia
Creative high schools students give an amusing rendition of Halleluia.

Wycliffe Gordon Warmup
Wycliffe demonstrates his warmup with the plunger mute.

Colors for Trombone
Soloist Mário Teixeira with the Orquestra de Sopros de Leiria.

Takemitsu Trombone Concerto (1 of 3)
Soloist Kevin Thompson with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Game of Thrones Trombone Multitrack
A trombone choir arrangement of the theme from the TV show.

Mexican Hat Dance
Featuring the great Rafael Méndez.

O Christmas Tree for Trombones
Featuring the wonderfully calm, relaxing sound of trombones performing a Christmas favorite.

Trombone Trouble
A great Donald Duck cartoon!

How to Clean Your Trombone
This video featuring original music by Nick LaRiviere is good for students with stinky horns!

YouTube has become an excellent resource for brass players. Just perform a search for any great brass group and you are likely to find video content of one of their performances. Check out these searches for the German Brass and Canadian Brass.

Trumpet

David Summer has posted several useful articles regarding recording brass and other instruments, creating audio CAPTCHAs, broadcasting podcasts, etc.

The International Trumpet Guild publishes news, a calendar, employment openings, links, the ITG journal, and loads of other invaluable information for trumpet players.

O.J's Trumpet Page offers a wealth of information, leaning towards trumpet but with plenty for the other brass as well. His links page provides a comprehensive list of resources.

Horn

The International Horn Society is “dedicated to performance, teaching, composition, research, and the preservation and promotion of the horn as a musical instrument.” The official journal, The Horn Call, publishes articles online of interest to horn players.

Horn Player.net (now incorporated into the International Horn Society website) provides a useful database of horn teachers, free “horn for sale” classified ads, and a listing of horn section members in orchestras and bands throughout the world.

Trombone

Will Kimball's site features a wealth of information about alto trombone, and an amazing trombone history project.

I would hazard a guess to say that the Online Trombone Journal is the most important and extensive online resource we have, with articles, reviews, classified ads, and the Trombone-L archive (an email mailing list devoted to the trombone).

I've always liked Brian Kay's BrassStages.com, a resource for trombone and brass students of all ages, private teachers, and band directors.

Boston Symphony Bass Trombonist Doug Yeo's website includes 350 pages of information, articles and resources for trombonists and other musicians.

New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi's website has lots of stuff to peruse through, including a free “Bolero practice tool” (an mp3 file of the Bolero background music under the trombone solo).

Boston Symphony Principal Trombonist Ronald Barron's website has an interesting article about Bolero, and a number of good master class transcriptions.

The Trombone Page of the World is Rene Laanen's amazing list of every trombone player he could find!

Tuba/Euphonium

Visit Adam Frey's site for a euphonium forum, blog, music catalog, and news about Adam!

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Trombonist Kevin Thompson is offering free downloads of the Telemann Fantasias arranged for euphonium.

Dave Werden's Tuba-Euph.com is a valuable resource for tuba and euphonium/baritone players, with a forum, blog, tuba/euph store, and euphonium music guide, plus helpful advice and examples on taking military band auditions.

Sean Chisham's Tubenet appears to be getting a little out of date (links to job postings haven't been updated in a while), but it has a great page of famous tuba player photos, and an invaluable set of Arnold Jacobs master class recordings.

Printed Sheet Music

Former Vancouver Symphony Principal Trombonist Gordon Cherry is rapidly compiling one of the best catalogs of brass sheet music available online. If you can't find it here pay him a visit!

Business of Music

Howland Tax Services prepares tax returns for musicians in Canada and the United States, and publishes articles on income tax topics for musicians.

The American Federation of Musicians represents the interests of professional musicians in Canada and the United States. Of particular interest for freelance musicians are the GoPro sites: GoProMusic, GoProHosting, and GoProLessons. Word has it that the AFM will soon offer a GoPro site for selling digital downloads online.

Miscellaneous

The companion sites to Gerald Klickstein's new book The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness (main site and blog) feature loads of information and resources on all aspects of musical performance.

The Historic Brass Society is an international music organization concerned with the history, music, literature and performance practice of early brass instruments, from Ancient Antiquity and the Biblical period through to the present.

The “Six Notes” exercise is, to my mind, one of the most important brass playing exercises there is. Sam Burtis' article Letters from New York, Carmine Caruso and the Six Notes is a good overall description of the exercise.

Wind Song Press came online in 1997 and is a premiere source of information on the teaching methods of Arnold Jacobs, and breathing devices developed by him, with articles, biographies, audio and video files, and transcripts of master classes.