Trip to Montevallo, part 1

In 2013, Joe Ardovino invited me to play at a brass clinic at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Joe is a trumpet friend from back in the 1980s, when we were students at the University of Alabama. Dr. Ardovino has been the director of bands and trumpet teacher at Montevallo since 1991, and he has done such good work there over the years.

It was wonderful for me to travel from the DC area down to my home state. I got a chance to visit with my family, and they got a chance to hear me play. I played a recital with Montevallo faculty pianist Barbara Faulkner, and I played a solo with the brass ensemble on the final concert.

On the pieces I played was Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españoles (“Seven Popular Spanish Songs”), which is fantastic to lift directly out of the voice part–no adaptation needed. To get a trumpet part with few page turns, I just printed out the piano vocal score, cut out the solo voice lines into strips, pasted these strips onto blank pieces of paper, and then I photocopied those pages. It’s a little crude, but it works. Since this is completely in the public domain, I am glad to share this part as a PDF, which is in concert pitch. de Falla Siete Canciones tpt part

Since I lived for close to three years in Spain, it means a lot to me to play Spanish repertoire.

El Pano Muro

Seguidilla Murciana



Nana (berceuse)


And, finally, Polo



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