Navy Band Brass Quartet at Wreath-laying Ceremony

On September 11, 2011, President Barack Obama did a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon, observing the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. After laying the wreath, he went around the crowd, consoling and talking to the families of those who died at the Pentagon.

The U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet supported this ceremony. We played contemplative music throughout. John Schroeder (leader of the quartet at this time), and I played trumpet. Phil Eberly was on euphonium and Tony Halloin played tuba. After the wreath was laid, we played “Amazing Grace,” “America,” Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” Mozart’s “Priest’s Chorus” from the Magic Flute, Holst’s hymn Thaxted from Jupiter, Hindemith’s Morgenmusik, Samuel Wesley’s hymn Aurelia, then a Bach chorale, and then finally a spiritual “Were you There?”

Here is the CSPAN video of the ceremony

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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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