Unlike a lot of brass players, I don’t perform much during the Christmas season. The bands I play end mostly shut down by mid-December.
The Ohio Military Band played a Christmas concert at the beginning of December. I enjoyed that a lot. The band sounded good. We played in a nice auditorium and I got to perform all three movements of the “Divertimento for Tuba and Band” by David Bobrowitz. I was grateful for the opportunity to play a tuba feature with band accompaniment. I don’t much like sitting in the front of the band. I get pretty nervous when there is nothing between me and the audience. I prefer the back of the ensemble. Still, I really enjoyed playing the solo. Even with my nerves getting in the way of a couple of passages, it was a positive experience.
The Ohio Military Band begins rehearsing again in February and will begin performing in the spring.
The Vereinsmusikanten German band was very busy during the Fest season, but that group shuts down for the holidays. Some members of the band do play at the German-speaking Christmas mass at the Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Over-the-Rhine. I didn’t play this time because of family commitments. It’s a great old church though, reminiscent of a European cathedral. It’s a neat place to play and hear mass conducted auf Deutsch.
The Vereinsmusikanten’s first performance of 2014 is the Fifth Friday Froth Fest on Friday, January 31st at the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society. That’s always a nice place to play. Family-friendly.
I was invited to join the Cincinnati Brass Band last fall. This is an exciting opportunity for me. British-style brass band music is completely new to me. The tubas read in a different clef and different key. I enjoy having this new challenge after thirty years of playing the tuba! Also, the musicianship in the CBB is very good. I’m really enjoying being a member of this group.
Unfortunatley, I was unable to play the CBB’s Christmas concerts. I had previous commitments before being invited to join the band. So, my first performance with them will be at the Winter concert on March 8th, 2014.
I have some other projects in the works. I don’t want to jinx anything by counting my chickens before they’re hatched.
I’ve revamped tubadad.com and I will provide updates on all my bands, and other projects, on this blog when things are happening.
Happy New Year!