A live performance of Vivaldi

Josh with his baroque trumpet

In 2011, Josh Cohen and I performed the Vivaldi Concerto for two trumpets in C (RV537) with the Bach Sinfonia in the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Daniel Abraham was the conductor, Risa Browder was the concert master. This was certainly a great honor for me–especially working with Josh, who is an amazing baroque trumpeter. He played the first trumpet part, I played the second.

One thing that stretched me for this project was when, about two weeks before, Josh asked if I would like to play from memory. After picking up my jaw off the floor—I agreed. It was thrilling to play this from memory–I think the audience really liked it, but next time I do that, I’d probably like a little more time!

Despite some flaws, I’d like to share the live recording of this performance for a couple of reasons. First, because it’s great music. Second, because it shows how really good Josh is (and how I need to work on a few things). Third, because I think it’s important to share authentic efforts. I hope you enjoy!

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Remembering 2010

The U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet in 2010: me, Phil Eberly, Tony Halloin, John Schroeder

In 2010, I was mid-career in the U.S. Navy Band. The Navy Band Brass Ensemble played a wonderful concert in Chevy Chase, Maryland. I soloed with the Navy Band Concert Band at the U.S. Capitol Building on Vincent Bach’s Hungarian Melodies and Herbert L. Clarke’s Cousins (with trombonist Andy Skaggs). I arranged a few things for the Navy Band Brass Quartet’s Christmas program (Joy to the World and Vince Guaraldi’s O Tannenbaum and Linus and Lucy).

Baroque trumpeter Barry Bauguess (and just a bit of me) during a Messiah project for Apollo’s Fire. This must have been after he finally beat me in air hockey.

I played what would be my last performance with Apollo’s Fire for quite some time. There was the Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble’s nearly-annual performance in Richmond, Virginia. The Orchestra of the 17th Century, under the baton of Michael Holmes, performed Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. I think this was my first performance of that wonderful work.  I played first trumpet with the Bach Sinfonia on Purcell’s amazing King Arthur.

At a George Mason University music faculty “showcase,” I played Handel’s Ode and Destero dall’empia with colleagues Lisa Berger (soprano) and Linda Monson (piano). I think Linda, by this time, was the director of the school of music.

At my church, St. George’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia, I played a recital and wrote two compositions for the Christmas service (one, Annunciation, for cornetto, SATB and organ and the other, Nativity, for brass quartet and organ).

My boys were 10 and 6, perfect ages for me being a dad. We went on little hikes, and I did a little camping trip with Felix on one of his school field trips. Also, in February of 2010, there was a really large snow storm. When you have young children, snow is a lot of fun!

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