A Brass Blast: Tubas, Trumpets, And Trombones

An exploration of horned instruments.

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A Brass Blast: Tubas, Trumpets, And Trombones

Why do we have, in our studio today, a whole bunch of trumpet players, plus a trombonist, French horn player and what do you call someone who plays the tuba?  A tubist?  A tubaist? A tubista? 

Anyway, they're here for a complicated set of reasons, but maybe at the heart of it all is an abiding concern for music education. One aspect of the federal budget sequester is the slicing of about $4 billion in education funding.  When school budgets get smaller, one of the first things to go is music education. Last week, Chad  Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and outfielder-turned-guitarist Bernie Williams were in Washington lobbying politicians.  
Today you'll meet some local brasstivists -- people of the bell and mouthpiece -- who want to share their love for their instruments and make sure future generations get to follow in the trails of their spit valves. 
You can join the conversation, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.




Hope all is well. Here is the 4 Min Short video from this past Aprils Brass Blast.


Full Video with performances should be up later today. Thanks again for having us.

E-mail from Sara

I was in band and chorus from 4 th grade until high school. I loved both and my music friends were so much fun. I have
so many great memories of trips to Washington DC and post concert trips to Friendlies for Fribbles and fraternizing. In 9 th grade I joined the track team and discovered that I was a good runner. My music friends and even band instructor seemed to be threatened or intimidated by the athletes who welcomed me to the team and had no problems with my band friends. I continued to stay in band and track but as time went on my band friends started to go Friendlies without me and constantly referred to my track friends as 'Stupid Jocks'. I never, however, got that exclusionary attitude or defensiveness from my 'dumb jocks'.
I think musicians sometimes need to loose the chips on their shoulders and realize that a full and balanced life includes all the types of intelligence from musical to bodily kinesthetic.

E-mail from Christian

And a crowd of young boys they're fooling around in the corner

Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles

They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band

It ain't what they call rock and roll

And the Sultans played Creole

E-mail from Olia

Of course it takes a music guy to pronounce forte- meaning strength, as in fortitude, as forte - the musical word for getting louder.

All tongue in cheek of course, music education is great.

E-mail from Nathan

Loving the topic today! One that’s very near and dear to my heart, as Chion is aware. I’ve played trumpet for over 20 years now, and music has given me and my family so much. I’ve tried to start giving back some of that by volunteering with a local high school marching band, hoping to foster some of the passion I have for music in these young kids.

Something very related and relevant is a new group out of UConn called the UConn Funky Dawgz, a New Orleans style brass band composed primarily comprised of UConn Marching Band members that describes themselves as “a vehicle to connect, engage, inspire and rejuvenate music education in Connecticut’s inner city schools, the Funky Dawgz have attracted a following along the way as a result of their exciting and passion filled musical performances.” They’re playing at the Southington Brass Blast in April, but also will be playing tomorrow night at the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford at 10pm! It’s going to be an amazing show and definitely worth a shout out!